Solar Fox [Model 982]

A 37-year-old Arcade Video Game by Bally Midway Mfg.

Solar Fox [Model 982] screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

Information for the following ROM(s): solarfox


Solar Fox © 1981 Bally Midway.

Solar Fox is a space shooter and a Pac-Man type game all in one. The playing field is square and only has walls on the outside. Each wall has a moving cannon mounted that will fire odd shaped torpedoes at your ship. Scattered around the inside will be a bunch of pellets in various simple patterns. To complete each level you have to drive over, or shoot all of the pellets. If done quickly enough the game will skip a level (going from 1 to 3, etc), and award you point for the level skipped.

If you select Novice difficulty at the beginning, the Solar Fox's normal speed will be slow, and pressing the Speed Button will speed it up. If you should select Expert difficulty, its normal speed will be faster, and pressing the Speed Button will slow it down. Every fourth rack is also a bonus rack, and if you die in one, it will not cost you a life. After clearing ten racks, a player becomes a member of the "10-Rack Club" and the game will continue on as normal.
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Solar Fox [Model 982] the Arcade Video Game
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[Game No. 982]
[Upright model]

The game came in a grey dedicated cabinet with sideart of a spacemans head inside an arrow shaped logo. The monitor was mounted deep inside the game, and what the player saw was actually a mirror.

Bally Midway MCR 1 hardware

Main CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 2.496 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 2 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) General Instrument AY8910 (@ 2 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 480 x 512 pixels
Screen refresh : 30.00 Hz
Palette Colors : 32

Players : 2
Control : 4-way joystick
Buttons : 2


This game was released in 1982 (Copyright title screen says 1981). A Solar Fox unit appears in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks'.


Programmed by : Jack Pearson
Sound programmed by : Ben Blish


Atari 2600 (1983)

Commodore C64 (1983)

Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.