Phoenix (フェニックス)

Released in 1980

Developer: Centuri
Manufacturer: Centuri
Distributor: Centuri

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Phoenix marquee
game marquee

Game Summary

Space - Shoot the birds, destroy the battleship.

Hardware Info

Controls: 4 Buttons
Vertical-mounted Raster monitor
208 x 248 Resolution
Colors: 256 Color

Additional Hardware Info (from Mame)

8080 cpu @ 3 Mhz
Custom audio

Hardware Platform

Phoenix hardware

Mame ROMs

phoenix, Phoenix (Amstar)
phoenix3, Phoenix (T.P.N.)
phoenixc, Phoenix (IRECSA, G.G.I Corp)
phoenixt, Phoenix (Taito)

Game Details

Although not really a classic game, everyone seems to remenber Phoenix. Essentially a derivative of Galaxian, Phoenix is split into 5 waves. The first two waves are similar to Galaxian, with the warbirds peeling away from their formation to attack the player. The next two waves feature the phoenixes, which start by flying around as eggs before hatching into fully grown phoenixes. The last wave has a large battleship, which must be shot through to hit the alien at its centre. Phoenix was one of the first games with a scrolling starfield, and in addition to the left-right-fire controls also had a shield button.


Phoenix control panel
control panel


Phoenix cabinet photo
cabinet photo
Phoenix title screen
title screen
Phoenix gameplay screen shot
gameplay screen
Phoenix promotional flyer
promotional flyer

Coinop.org Member Ratings / Comments

***** by mboehler. Comment: "Phoenix is as great a game as you could get in 1980. I just purchased a cocktail table version of the game. I plan to restore it to its former glory." 2002-03-22 21:45:29Z

**** by cyclops. Comment: "I have fixed up a cocktail version which sits in my game room. Need to find a joystick for this model though" 2003-01-09 13:31:04Z

***** by Reinen. Comment: "This game must have been a cheap hire/buy back in those days - every arcade had a cabinet. Great game - especially the diving swooping Phoenix(es - plural?) - they were a pain to hit. You`d probably stand there for 15 minutes trying to hit the last one, right in the centre. You could knock the wings off with knock real effect. I must get this for Mame..." 2003-02-21 20:08:19Z

**** by marminZ80. Comment: "It's a combination of the screechy sound FX of the birds, and the irritant, sneaky way they move, what attracted me to this curious game. I was too young to be good at it.. but I liked to see that snake thing [what is it actually?] inside the mother ship getting blown up by some good player." 2003-04-22 12:37:06Z

***** by boricuababy. Comment: "i loved this game!it was the best arcade game out there and i really want to buy one for my home,brings me memories...anyone got one to sell? " 2004-04-22 02:35:49Z

***** by david31. Comment: "The best ever space invader like game,use to play it on a sit down two player table board on school holiday in Austria ,which genious thought of having a shield as well!!! Memories like blah blah blah blah the way we were." 2004-08-31 11:05:56Z

***** by JDtheDJ. Comment: "I remember playing phoenix in the early 80's...Loved it...and was talking to a friend of mine that remembers it. I had found a site that I downloaded a free game, but lost it when I got a new computer...does anyone know where I can find a free download? " 2005-01-21 23:19:22Z

***** by drm21444. Comment: "Great Game, I haven't seen it around latley. I was hoping to play it on line as a free trial version. I hope it's available soon. drm21444 " 2005-03-28 22:06:21Z

***** by videodan. Comment: "I remember playing Phoenix in 81 at a local convenience store that had this and Eagle before it, and I always tend to remind one from the other. Yet, Phoenix is a fun game to play, the mothership board gets me fired up! I hope to own one someday, awesome game! Right up there w/ Eagle as an all-time fave." 2005-11-25 11:10:07Z

*    by liquidiceberg. Comment: "phoenix was a great game like galactiga. " 2006-01-12 15:43:51Z

***** by bykeeboy. Comment: "i remember the buzz of getting to the 5th wave then blasting the alien away, you didnt want to be on your last life though, boy he was a hard sucker to finish, classic game!1111 " 2006-01-13 13:44:39Z

***** by cabrioletturbo. Comment: "I played this game so good, that I needed three coins usually, daily: first to warm up, second to high score, third to cool off ;-) I managed to reset the counter while playing (yes, reached over 1 million), and folks, there was no extra lives after that, even if you reached, 3K, 4K, 5K 6K point after the reset (3-6K is owner-set paramter for when to get additional lives). I consider myself the master of the game, it is very much fun, and not boring at all, even with only 5 diff levels to play ove r and over again... There are few tricks to acquire extra points, but that is to be classified... :-)" 2008-06-03 15:25:43Z

**** by wesbowling. Comment: "I LOVE THIS GAME! FIRST GAME I BOUGHT FOR MY COLLECTION AND IT TOOK ME BACK TO BEING 12 YEARS OLD....(THE ONLY PROBLEMS IN LIFE WAS RUNNING OUT OF QUARTERS)GREAT ART,SOUNDS AND SHOOTING FUN,SOME OF THE BEST MONEY I HAVE SPENT!! " 2008-08-10 10:47:50Z

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