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Box artwork for Pooyan.
Publisher(s)Konami, Stern Electronics
Year released1982
System(s)Arcade, Atari 8-bit, Atari 2600, Commodore 64/128, Apple II, NES, MSX, TRS-80 Color Computer, Mobile, Wii, Wii U
SeriesOretachi Game Center Zoku,
Arcade Archives
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)CERO All ages
Oretachi Game Center Zoku: Pooyan
Publisher(s)Hamster Corporation
Year released2006
System(s)PlayStation 2
Arcade Archives Pooyan
Publisher(s)Hamster Corporation
Year released2019
System(s)Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Rating(s)CERO All agesESRB EveryonePEGI Ages 3+General
LinksPooyan ChannelSearchSearch
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Pooyan is remarkable simply for its creativity. It could almost be loosely categorized as a shooter. In Pooyan, a clan of wolves have stolen two out of three of Mama Pig's little piglets. Not satisfied with just the two, they're out to finish the job. Mama has to defend her cliff side home from the wolves' assault. Armed with a bow and arrow, and riding an elevator manned by two pigs at the top of the cliff, Mama must pop the balloons that the wolves use to drop to the ground, or rise to the top.

Pooyan made a small, but noticeable splash in arcades around the world, enough to attract software publisher Datasoft to license the title from Konami, for release on several 8-bit home computers in the early 80s. Pooyan is one of three titles that Konami developed for the Atari 2600, long before they became a major software publishing house. Hudson also released the game for the Famicom, and the MSX. Much later in 2006, developer Hamster released an arcade accurate conversion for the PlayStation 2 as part of their Oretachi Game Center series.


One day in a forest, a group of wolves attacked the Pig's House where Mama Pig and her little Pooyan piggies were living peacefully. Mama fought against the wolves to protect her Pooyans using arrows and meat. For all her efforts, however, some Pooyans were kidnapped. The wolves come back to finish the job, and this time, Mama is prepared to take the wolves down and rescue her missing Pooyans.


  • You control Mama Pig and her elevator, directing it up or down to the height that you wish to fire from.
  • You can fire off two arrows on the screen at any moment. You can also collect and throw slabs of meat when they become available.
  • There are two rounds that repeat. In the first round, the wolves descend from the tree to the ground. In the second round, the wolves rise from the ground to the tree.
  • In both rounds, the wolves must be stopped by popping their balloons either with arrows or by lobbing meat at them.
  • The Wolves throw rocks back at Mama Pig. She can lose a life in three different ways: by getting hit by thrown rocks, by a wolf, who has climbed the ladders behind her, biting her as she rides past, or if enough wolves rise to the top of the tree and push a rock on her.
  • After the even rounds, you play in one of two different bonus rounds.

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