Space Wars


  • Description
    • A simple and enjoyable flash based remake that captures a lot of the spirit of the classic vector game from 1977. Space Wars was the first mass-produced arcade game with vector graphics.
  • Instructions
    • Use arrow keys to move ship, avoid enemies. Press [information] button for more details.
  • Trivia and Fun Facts
    • This game has the honor of being the first Black and White Vector arcade game. The designer of the game saw ISpace WarsI in a research lab running on a minicomputer and felt that he had to have one of his own. So over the period of a few years he built the prototype of the game out of easily available parts. He did not use a microprocessor because he could not afford it, so he built his own. He eventually teamed up with others to form Cinematronics, and the basic design of ISpace WarsI was used in about a dozen other games including ISolar QuestI, ITail GunnerI and IStar CastleI.
      Foto-Finderâ„¢ (books)
      1.The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games, Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256): Page: 60; Color photo;
      2.Arcade Fever, Sellers (ISBN 0762409371): Page: 28; Color photo; Price guide:
      3.Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games, Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256): Page: 60; Color photo; Price guide:



      Additional References
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      1.The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Space Wars Flyer #1043
      2.The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Space Wars Flyer #3210
      3.The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Space Wars Flyer #3956
      4.The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Space Wars Flyer #6135
      5.The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Space Wars Flyer #3522
      6.The Arcade Flyer Archive (TAFA): Space Wars Flyer #4387


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      1. SPACE WARS By CINEMATRONICS 1978 ORIGINAL VIDEO ARCADE GAME SALES FLYER BROCHURE
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      3. Space Wars, Cinematronics Arcade Advertising Flyer
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      4. STAR WARS TRILOGY SEGA PINBALL MACHINE NOS TIE FIGHTER SPACE SHIP AIRCRAFT 1997
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      5. SPACE WAR by Vectorbeam Arcade Flyer sales ad - 1978 - FREE USA SHIP + DEAD EYE
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      6. Space Wars, 1978 Cinematronics Service Manual
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      7. Cinematronics Space Wars 1977 board set - clean condition untested
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      8. SPACE WARS by Cinematronics - Arcade Flyer sales ad - 1978 - FREE USA SHIP
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      9. SPACE WAR By VECTORBEAM 1977 ORIGINAL VIDEO ARCADE GAME MACHINE FLYER BROCHURE
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  • Game History
    • Two player only game where each player flies around space and tries to shoot each other. Features include partial damage, modifying gravity and inertia. Controls are fire, thrust, rotate left and right, hyperspace and reset.