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Demolition Derby
Box artwork for Demolition Derby.
Developer(s) Midway Games
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action
System(s) Arcade
Players 1-4
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
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This guide is for the 1984 Bally Midway game. For the 1977 Chicago Coin game, see Demolition Derby (1977).
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Demolition Derby is an arcade game, that was released by Bally Midway in 1984; it runs upon their MCR-3 hardware (but without the two General Instrument AY-3-8910s). Up to two (upon that upright cabinet) or four (upon the cocktail cabinet) players must take control of a car (blue for 1P, red for 2P, yellow for 3P and green for 4P) in, as the name suggests, a demolition derby - and there will also be at least two gray CPU-controlled cars in every derby. On a cocktail cabinet, other players can join in the game at any time (indicated by the text "CAR ENTERING DERBY" appearing upon the screen); the objective is to hit the other cars in the radiator to decrease their damage meters and make them explode while avoiding getting hit in the radiator yourself. You can work cooperatively to take out all the CPU-controlled cars, but you shall eventually have to go up against each other (as only one car can be left at the end of a derby) - and once there is only one player car left at a derby end, the text "CONGRATULATIONS. YOU QUALIFIED FOR THE NEXT DERBY" will appear on the screen. The other players will then have to insert another coin, if they wish to rejoin the game for the next derby; it's also possible to collect screwdrivers and spanners, to refill your damage meter, as well as bump tyres into the air so that they'll come down on the other cars. The screenshot below is also from the cocktail cabinet - as that upright cabinet just displays the texts "PL1" and "PL2" at the bottom of the screen, not the additional texts "PL3" and "PL4" at that top of it (which are displayed upside-down).

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