National Game Registry: Cinematronics arcade

United States Library of Congress


This article features the best arcade games released by Cinematronics as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.

Foundation: 1975
Location: United States

Cinematronics was an innovative developer and publisher specializing in games featuring vector graphics. At the time, vector displays allowed for greater detail in line art, a stark contrast to the simpler, raster-based games that were more prevalant. Cinematronics had many hit vector display games but will probably be best known for its later innovation – laser disc games. These releases displayed full motion video of stunning animation produced by Don Bluth using technology similar to DVDs for player interaction. The American video game crash may have doomed the company, which was bought out in 1985. Inducted games include:

Space Wars


Emulation: National Game Registry recomments MAME for Cinematronics arcade game emulation.

Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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