Classic Williams Stargate Arcade Game ! Sequel to Defender... -

Classic Williams Stargate Arcade Game ! Sequel to Defender…

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Happy New Year! This is Williams’ classic “Stargate” arcade game, the sequel to Defender! Such a tough game… but addictive! See all our games for sale at !


  1. I currently have one of these and it turns on but nothing pops up on the screen.

  2. Nice asz console!! how much are y'all asking?

  3. you cant stay in one spot because they're picking up your humanoids and eating them and turning into faster humanoids

  4. this is one game that gone through a name change during it run. I remember the defender II version and then they revamped it to stargate. interesting enough they reverted back to defender II when Midway release the PS2 Compilation and PS3 Compilation as well.

  5. This was MUCH harder than Defender! I spent LOTS of quarters on Defender, but was very discouraged (i.e. only a few quarters) on Stargate.

  6. I agree. Most difficult of all the classic games. Watching someone who is good at Defender / Stargate is like watching an alien life form. I can't even comprehend what's going on.

    Such amazing sounds. When I hear the background noise from an 80's arcade in my head, Defender / Stargate sounds are always in the forefront. While for gameplay I always preferred the more enclosed sides around the monitor like Stargate has, the Defender cabinet is iconic.

  7. I could usually clock Defender but,to my eternal regret,I never got to play Stargate in an arcade-I searched the arcades of northern England in an epic yet fruitless endevour-I had hoped that being skilled at Defender(in my opinion the greatest game ever)would translate into stargate but alas I'll never know-the beauty of Defender was that the endless coins and practice did pay off into eventual mastery,though that took a great deal of practice-as a tip press thrust and fire repeatedly at the same time so you travel around destroying your foes and use the reverse button and fire to sneak up and destroy!

  8. Very nice! I bought one when I was in college for $350 back in '82… The consul on this one is very clean. Mine has some dents and burns in it. Great game!

  9. I loved this game back then and you had to practice and get your eye-hand coordinates right to get good at it but it would give you a great color show along with sound effects

  10. Played this game so much I mastered it. I could go all day on one quarter. Extra ships all the way across the screen and into memory…I remember one day after playing for hours and hours, I stopped and let my spaceships blow up. It took 40 minutes before all my ships were destroyed and the game was over. They took the machine out shortly after….said it was malfunctioning but I knew it was because it wasn't making them any money having me stand there for hours and hours on one quarter. LOVED this game.

  11. I've got some really good memories helping my dad fix one of these up. Very fun game

  12. i went over a million points on defender the only one i knew that did it before me was chesley perry back in the day in desmoines iowa we never met but would score highest then take each other s names down and put our own of coarse AT 17 my name not me become well knowen on the arcades , i just loved to play the games both defender and stargate haven't thought much of it for 36 years now i might have to
    get me one

  13. once all the humanoids are dead the aliens turn into demonic entities way worse and all come for you at one time lol

  14. nice job … the original monitor bezel is missing. At least I can't see it behind the glass.

  15. Played this game for ages back in the day. Forgot how complex it was. I had an admirer with whom we'd exchange love-notes when we got high scores.

  16. I loved Stargate Defender back in the day! We brought rolls of quarters and played for hours non-stop. Like a dog chasing a rabbit, I would dream about playing, honest! lol

  17. I want a Williams star gate defender!!!!

  18. My favorite. The also had a horizontal console.

  19. I've been gaming quite a long time and you had some really intriguing info. My local store back in the day had Defender, and I'd play it numerous times until one day they got rid of it and replaced it with Stargate, and that thing sucked my quarters up even worse. The store also had Centipede and Up and Down, in which I'd almost always get the high score on both.

  20. Never saw that in the UK.

    The original (Defender) was Awesome.

    Best thing was to shoot the Alien when it had picked up the Humanoid, Blow it away. Catch the Humanoid and keep them.

  21. Are there anymore around? Are u getting anymore? much and how much to ship to canada..

  22. Wow… This game was awesome to play. I got really good at it. I could play for an hour on a quarter and I regularly got the highest score & it would stay for awhile. The sound of this just takes me back. I'd go to the liquor store after school and play for hours. The first time I played it – I immediately lost all my ships. Some idiot waiting behind me started laughing and started teasing me. I decided right then, I'd get good at it to beat chumps like him and I did. There was only a couple guys who could beat me and no girls. The key is keeping your eye on the scope at the top. That way you know what's coming. Darting into the Stargate pops you out on the opposite side of the universe and I used it to avoid a deluge of ships I'd see coming on the scope. Smart bombs are limited so I'd wait to use those until multiple men were being taken at the same time, but if they're too high up, they're destroyed when they hit the horizon unless you catch them. Sometimes I could swoop in and grab 3 or 4 on the way down. Makes me want to buy one of these games now, but I could see where I'd escape into playing that and not get anything done. In a couple of years I'll be moving from satanic Los Angeles to Tennessee. When I do, I might come take a look and see if you have one of these. This game was by far the most fun of all to play – because it was hard to learn to play and it was a continual multitask. Multiple things to consider at all times. I liked it because chicks just didn't play it. It was fun to put my quarter up and some guy I hadn't played would kinda smirk. A few got mad when they stood there and waited so long for their turn. Some would ask questions, so I'd give tutorials while I played it to the ones who were interested. It was 1981. The year I graduated from high school. Man, the sounds of that game really take me on a trip down memory lane. A was a completely different person, in a radically different time. I want one of these now & I don't usually want much. How cool to have found this. Glad they still exist. You kinda suck but are better than most. I could really show you how to play that game. Hehe….. Thanks. Watching that was fun. I want one in my living room now….

  23. I played this thing like it was my job in the 80’s. Found one earlier this year, completely restored it and now go in my basement pretending I am 17 again lol. Love it!!!!!

    BTW…I left the cigarette burns on the console. Love the nostalgia lol

  24. I would play hooky from school sometimes and stay on Stargate till school was over on one quarter! My high score was 15 million!

  25. JOES CLASSIC, for somereason the Williams Defender uses a Matrix array for the RAM chips. Most arcade games don't have the RAM chips in this Matrix array. I'm not sure if the Williams Stargate is also using this Matrix array for the RAM chips. But not sure if you know the answer as to why they used the RAM chips in this matrix array for any reasons?

  26. My parents have one of these in their basement! It doesn’t run, but it probably just needs a fuse or a wire somewhere. I’ll have to double-check for water damage (since our basement did have a partial flood, but I think the game cabinet was unaffected), but other than that, it’s in good condition! Would love to get it up and running again 😊

    EDIT: “the toughest arcade game of all time” oh good, so it wasn’t just me 😆

  27. I was the best in my home town at Defender, just one coin would last me the day, but as you can imagine after weeks of doing this sort of thing a new rule came out which said you could only clock the game once then they turned it off an on again and that was it.

    Anyhow, after 40 or so years this is the first time I knew after watching this youtube there was a second generation of this game called stargate.

  28. Those red coin slots were not around when that game was released. They were either metal or the black plastic one's. This game is tuff, it ain't for casual gamers.

  29. Do they have both games on PS4 platform. Defender and Stargate, if so where can they be purchased?

  30. One of my favorite games ever, I sucked at it but….. that didn’t stop me.

  31. The legendary difficulty of Stargate has a bit of a legend behind it. As the story goes, Williams had a test machine out in the wild that they used to check whether the game was seeing sufficient turnover (these things are intended to make money for someone, after all), and they kept getting these ridiculously long play times, so they kept boosting the difficulty level until they eventually just gave up and released it anyway. Turns out their test arcade was also the home turf for the national Defender champion, which was kind of skewing their results.

  32. Great game, dropped rolls on this when it 1st appeared, and it gets a lot harder at later lvl's. My 1st warp through that stargate made my hair stand on end.

  33. this is transported me back in time to when I was 14 and playing this in my local 7-11… FUUUUU!!!!

  34. My favorite game in my time. I was an original gamer in the 80s. My highest score was 2.5 mil one quarter is all it took.

  35. Dang you need to work on your game. I was an expert back in like 1980

  36. I own this on Midway Arcade Treasures under the name Defender II.

  37. By far my favorite game… took skill, intelligence and stamina. oh…..and lots and lots of quarters. 1981? I was 17.

  38. Sinistar by Williams is the most difficult arcade game…

  39. We truly had a childhood! I'm STILL looking to buy this game!

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