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featured a unique cabinet and graphics ahead of its time for 1988. The
Assault cabinet is probably one of the narrowest cabinets ever produced. You
could say it is the
tall, super-model of arcade cabinets as the width is
approximately 18 inches while its height towers at over 6 feet 3 inches! I'll give you
an example of some game dimensions. My
Tron is only 19.5 inches wide by 5 feet tall
and that's a cabaret/mini cabinet. The
is 28 inches wide and stands at just over 6 feet. The artwork on the control
panel, front and side art is very cool trying to simulate a futuristic tank.
The control panel and front is splattered with dials, gauges and other
and now Assault have been added to the successful genre of tank combat games.
"You: A highly trained mobile arsenal, a killing machine, and an army of
one. Your mission: Search and destroy in the heart of one of the most hostile
enemy bases. Armed within the metal beast you must fight wave after wave of
bad guys as you attempt to save the planet from doom."
In Assault, your highly
responsive and maneuverable tank always stays centered when moving and
the screen rotates around you. Your tank can hop in the air using "lift
zones" to bomb your enemies from above. To achieve the cool rotating and
scaling graphic effects, Assault used the
Namco System 2 hardware platform.
Here are a few pictures of
my Assault coin-op. This dedicated
Assault cabinet is really clean and all original. Most Assaults that I
have seen have been really beaten up with missing joysticks or torn artwork.
The side art on this one has been clipped for some reason but it's still a
nice cabinet. I first played Assault at the lower arcade level of Springfield Mall in VA.