Game Story

There is a “Williams crowd” out there that tends to love Defender, Stargate and Robotron. Joust does not attract the same players. Joust is one of the few Williams game I want to own.

Cocktail Cabinet

This is a unique cabinet. Both players sit on the same side of the table. Most cocktail games flip the screen for Player 2. In this game play is cooperative, therefore both players need to see the same screen at the same time.


Upright Cabinet

I almost owned a Joust for myself.



We relocated to Arizona. I had cut my inventory from 35 to 7 games. I took over the Dining room as the arcade, but it was tiny compared to my last room. EDOT and Pole Position just didn't had a place. The "fantastic open floor plan" means no good walls for these games. Just a tiny alcove for 5 games and an additional 2 cocktail cabinets. If I push it.

It was officially time to consider a multigame machine. I am normally opposed to these machine as they are not restored history. When faced with limited space, we make do. I am the only person I know who likes video games and doesn't love Defender. I almost had my Joust, twice, but it eluded me. I found this gem in Prescott. More than I wanted to spend, but beautiful, rewired, re-marqueed and re-CPO’d and in a Joust cabinet. I made that trip.


Technical Information


Joust was released in 1982 by Williams. The title was developed by Vid Kidz for Williams. It features a color raster display with a horizontal orientation. This is a cooperative play game both players face the same challenge.


This game is built on the Vid Kidz hardware platform. A Motorola 6809 central processing unit handles the graphics and gameplay, while a Motorola 6800 microprocessor handles the audio.

Video CPU6809Motorola
Audio CPU6808Motorola
Audio DACHC55516Motorola
DisplayK4600Wells Gardner


MoveJoystick222 way
Yellow for Player 1
Blue for Player 2
FlapButton22Matching Blue and Yellow
PlayerButton22White on Upright
Translucent Red
on cocktail

Production Notes

This is a simple ROM swap from Robotron. The Robotron: 2084 Control Panel will accept the 2 way sticks for Joust.