Arcade Game: Reactor (1982 Gottlieb) -

Arcade Game: Reactor (1982 Gottlieb)

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A Shooting-type Maze Game.

Note: Used the infinite lives and decoy cheat when down to last life. The game is endless with some cool music.


  1. Love those classic arcade sounds.Also love those vector graphics.So simple but so pretty.

  2. Back when video games were built on original concepts.

  3. the music that played when you were entering your initials for high scores was some of the best ever for video games

  4. Pretty sure Reactor's soundchip still isn't properly emulated in MAME, sounds even cooler with an actual machine.

  5. i love it!
    I want to set up my Windows with these sound fx

  6. Is this better than Williams Stargate SFX?

    Close call

  7. The SFX were the best part. Most of my friends couldn't play it I was okay at it. I played the Atari 2600 version endlessly in the 1980's. a local bowling alley actually had it at the bar circa 2002. And they were selling it for $200!!

  8. Reactor, right on. The only arcade game I ever beat, in that I could play until I got bored or the arcade closed.

  9. Wow never knew this was an arcade game too

  10. This game was at this year's ComicCon.

  11. Very nice gameplay.  I haven't see beyond the first few levels.  Amazingly cool game.  I love the rocking music!  Thanks for sharing!

  12. Oh, and if you ever want to sell it, let me know.  I have never found one in the wild!  Thanks again!

  13. this game looks like it might actually be radioactive.

  14. You should have saved the decoys to use them near the chambers. Using all of them near the control rods is a waste.

  15. The music and sound effects, still memorable. 🙂

  16. The 2600 port seems so mellow compared to this.

  17. fun fact: this game was designed by Tim Skelly, who previously was led designer at Cinematronics.

  18. FYI – I'm the current world record holder (Unless someone has beaten my score – that was decades ago when I did it) for most points scored on this game with over 10 million. I got bored and walked away after 12 hours of playing. The trick to beating this game is actually really simple. Once you get to the level where the bounce chamber will give you enough bonus (20k or more) start using all your decoys to lure in the enemies to it. After you run out of decoys – put yourself in the bounce chamber. You will get killed when the enemies follow you in. Now the trick – you reappear outside the chamber while they are inside the bounce chamber. Now just hold them in until they die. Do this over and over and you can build up lives. Happy gaming!

  19. At the time when I got the record I reached out to Tim Skelly and told him of the trick on beating the game. He was very impressed.
    Note – with my trick to beat the game, do NOT go over 254 lives. The game sometimes crashes.

  20. "a (Tim) Skelly game" first video game with designer's name onscreen

  21. Every time I drive by a nuclear power plant and see those giant cement cooling towers I imagine to myself this what’s going on inside the reactor!

  22. It's fun to watch, but I suspect it'd be aggravating to play.

  23. I'm surprised Paul McCartney didn't sue for them stealing the music from Old Siam, Sir

  24. When can you get a real version of this game. I would LOVE to own one. Not an emulator!

  25. RIP to programmer Tim Skelly (Feb 10th 1951 – March 2nd, 2020)

  26. Coolest soundtrack of any 80s video game. 🙂

  27. Love this game! To bad this player doesn't know how to use his decoys properly! Should place them right in front of the chamber just after the left starts so they all go in there and build up points.

  28. Ok,I'm gonna go have a seizure now. 🤣 I can't believe that I've never seen this game before. Kinda reminds me of Sinistar or Defender. Sinistar is hard. I can't get past level 2. If anybody can get to 3 or 4 playing Sinistar. You are a pro.

  29. I totally missed this at the time, what a cool game! I found it via interview with the sound guy, David Thiel, in Retro Gamer (UK) magazine, May 21.

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