• Description
    • While up to this point, military themed games featured vehicular combat such as ships, aircraft or tanks, this is one of the first of many 80s games to feature commando-style infantry ground combat (machine guns, grenades) as the theme. This genre of the

      Front Line (フロントライン Furonto Rain?) is a military combat-themed arcade game released in 1982 by Taito Corporation. It was one of the first video games to feature a ground combat theme and grenades.[citation needed] Military-oriented video games of the early 1980s usually involved vehicular combat, such as tanks, but did not include infantry.

      The original arcade version consists of a joystick, a single button (other than the "player one" and "player two" start buttons), and a rotary dial that can be pushed in like a button, which fires the weapon. The single button is used to throw grenades, and to enter and exit the tank.
  • Instructions
    • You must move upward across enemy battlefields, killing the attacking enemy soldiers with your bullets or grenades while avoiding land mines and big rocks. As you travel farther up, enemy soldiers will man their tanks either big or small and during this sequence, you can fling grenades to destroy these tanks or you can man your own tank big or small. Once you are in a tank, use the rotary to aim your turret and fire. Big tanks can destroy both big and small tanks, but small tanks can only destroy other small tanks. If your tank is hit just once, you must press the Grenade button to escape before it explodes. But if your tank is hit twice, you will be killed.
      When you make it to the end of the enemy battlefield at the top of the screen, there will be the enemy fortress equipped with a cannon that can destroy whatever tank you are in as well as kill you. Here you must jump out of your tank if you are in one and toss a grenade directly onto the enemy fortress while avoiding the cannon's line of fire. If you succeed in destroying the fortress, an injured enemy soldier will come up waving a white flag and the entire enemy army will surrender to you. Afterwards, you are rewarded a bonus and then the game begins again with increased difficulty.
  • Trivia and Fun Facts
    • The raster graphics based game to feature a rotary dial
  • Game History
    • Released in the summer of 1982 by Japanese firm Taito, Frontline was the most popular ground force military game up until then.