8 Facts on the Classic Game Missile Command

When purchasing an arcade machine for sale, you want to know all the facts about the classic game: how the concept was formed, to who holds the highest points record and everything in between. For those who weren’t caught up in the Missile Command craze, the gamer must defend their six zoned cities from destruction by launching a counter attack. When all the enemy missiles are destroyed, the player advances to the next level. If the player runs out of missiles and all six cities are destroyed, the game ends.

Here are some curious facts on the popular Atari game:

1. It is Set in California

The six cities represented in the game are meant to be Eureka, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and San Diego.

2. The Concept Came from a Magazine

Atari’s Vice President of Sales, Gene Lipkin, read a magazine story on satellites, and a picture of a radar screen caught his eye. He passed the idea and magazine clippings on to Steve Calfee, who assigned it to Dave Theurer.

 3. 810,000 is a Lucky Number

If the gamer reaches this high score, they automatically receive 176 cities and are able to continue playing the game for an extended period of time and still gain bonus cities as they defeat enemies.

4. It Gave Its Programmer Nightmares

The game’s programmer, Dave Theurer, reportedly suffered from nightmares while creating the game. He dreamt of one of the California cities suffering devastation from a nuclear bomb.

5. Current World Record is at Level 10,432

Victor Sandberg holds the current world record. It took him 71 hours and 41 minutes, but he reached level 10,432 with a total score of 103,809,990 on December 30, 2013. Think you can beat him?

6. Seth Rogen Plays Missile Command

When Seth Rogen married, he appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show and received an arcade cabinet version of Missile Command as a wedding present from Ellen.

7. The Game Could Become a Movie

In January 2011, 20th Century Fox bought the film rights to Missile Command from Atari.

8. Missile Command is a Quarter Century Years Old

Missile Command turns 25 this July. Are you starting to feel old?

It’s never too late to appreciate an afternoon spent playing Missile Command. It would make a great addition to any arcade cabinet collection for fans everywhere.