American Classic Arcade Museum
Located at Funspot
"Best arcade in the world!"
Paul Drury, Retro Gamer Magazine
ACAM Has Some Of The Rarest
Games On Earth!
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator
Manufacturer: Sega • Released: 1983
Game Description:
Based on the 1960’s TV series and the subsequent film series, Star Trek puts you in the captain’s seat of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Take command of the Federation flagship and rescue your starbases from attacking Klingon battle cruisers. Then, when the Klingon threat is eliminated, you must navigate a minefield to destroy the evil space probe NOMAD.
Historical Information:
The Star Trek at ACAM is the rare cockpit version, which is a semi-enclosed environment putting the player in the chair of Captain James T. Kirk. The game is special due to its flashy vector graphics, synthesized speech of several characters from the TV show, and its unique control scheme.

The vector monitor in this game, the Electrohome G08, is well known for its bright sharp graphics. Unfortunately, it is also known for catching on fire. Yes, it has happened at ACAM. Anyone who owns a Star Trek (or any other game that uses that monitor) should make modifications to the monitor to reduce the chances of this occurring.

Game designer Sam Palahnuk created a unique visual experience by splitting the game screen into a series of status indicators, a radar and the Enterprise viewscreen.
Cloak & Dagger
Manufacturer: Atari • Released: 1983
Game Description:
The spy business may never recover from the antics of Agent X as he attempts to retrieve stolen plans and destroy the dastardly Dr. Boom’s subterranean bomb factory. As Agent X descends to the depths of Dr. Boom’s lab by igniting bombs floor by floor, he amuses the player by “mugging” one of several comical expressions. His expressions correspond to the performance of the player.
Historical Information:
This game originally was titled Agent X and was created by famed Atari programmer Rusty Dawe. As the game was nearing completion, Atari was approached about creating some game elements for a forthcoming spy caper movie starring Henry Thomas and Dabney Coleman. Atari renamed the game to match the movie title.

The movie involved stolen military plans that were buried in an Atari 5200 console game cartridge. Atari did task Dave Comstock to create a console version of the arcade game. However, it was not finished in time for production of the movie, so the gameplay showed in the movie was from the arcade game.

Only a handful of dedicated Cloak & Dagger cabinets were created. Those were used for testing purposes, and for promotion of the movie. Virtually all Cloak & Dagger games were conversion kits. The game here at ACAM is a conversion kit.
Death Race
Manufacturer: Exidy • Released: 1976
Game Description:
In Death Race, you control the Grim Reaper in a souped-up race car. The object of the game is to use your car as a weapon and run over the “gremlins” that walk around the screen. When you run over a gremlin, they shriek in pain and die, leaving a tombstone behind in their place. You must kill as many gremlins as you can before time runs out.
Historical Information:
This game has its roots in the 1975 movie Death Race 2000 starring David Carradine & Sylvester Stallone. The game was designed for Exidy by Howell Ivy.

Despite the primitive blocky graphics that did not show any real degree of gore, a number of organizations including the National Safety Council raised a number of concerns about the game. The CBS news magazine show 60 Minutes ran a report on the psychological impact of violence in arcade games that focused on Death Race.

Due to the controversy of the game, it is believed that less than 500 Death Race cabinets were sold. While most of the cabinets produced were black with white artwork, a select few were made with alternate color combinations such as a white cabinet with black artwork. The cabinet here at ACAM is an ultra-rare yellow cabinet with black artwork.
Flower
Manufacturer: Komax • Released: 1986
Game Description:
In this outer space shoot'em up, you control a space ship battling different types of flowers and end-level bosses. Shooting flowers in a chain results in dropped power-up items for more powerful weapons.
Historical Information:
Arcade games just do not get any rarer than Flower. There are only two known instances of this game that we are aware of in North America and ACAM’s cabinet is the only one available for play in an public setting.

Information on this title is incredibly sparse. We know that it was manufactured in Japan by Sega, and distributed in the United States by Komax. This was the only title released by Komax, which appears to have been a company run out of a home in Massachusetts.

Our research has turned up several rumors that the game was developed in 1985 by a now-defunct Japanese company called Alpha Denshi. However, we do not see Flower listed on any published game lists from the Alpha Denshi library. We have also been unable to locate a reliable source that can confirm Alpha Denshi as the developer.
Pandora's Palace
Manufacturer: Konami • Released: 1984
Game Description:
A Roman character, dressed in a white robe with an olive leaf head ornament, proceeds from the top left of the screen to the bottom right by climbing down poles and riding moving platforms. Bad guys may push the player character into fires or over the edge if they are not avoided.
Historical Information:
Pandora’s Palace was sold as a conversion kit for any arcade cabinet with a vertical raster monitor. Developed by Konami, the game was distributed in the United States by Interlogic, Inc. of Chicago, IL. Conversion kits allowed the arcade operator to take a game that may have fallen out of favor and convert it into a whole new game without scrapping the investment in the cabinet, controls, monitor and other electronics.

The Pandora’s Palace at ACAM was generously donated by Robert Mruczek. For information on how you can make a tax-deductible donation to ACAM, click here.
Computer Space
Manufacturer: Nutting Associates • Released: 1971
Game Description:
You control a space ship using a series of buttons on a control panel. You must defend yourself against a pair of flying saucers. Use the controls to evade their fire, and when the time is right, shoot back at your enemies.
Historical Information:
Computer Space was the first commercially available coin-operated video game. Developed by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, the game is based on a game called Spacewar! that was played by college students on mainframe and minicomputers of the era.

Computer Space was produced in an unusual metallic-flecked fiberglass cabinet with a modified General Electric TV as a monitor.

The control panel for the single-player version of Computer Space may look very familiar to arcade gamers as the button layout is very similar to Atari’s 1979 hit Asteroids. A two-player version of Computer Space was released that used joysticks as controllers.