Manufacturer: Williams
Year: 1982
Class: Wide Release
Genre: Platform
Type: Video Arcade
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
  • CRT: Color
  • 19-inch Wells-Gardner
Conversion Class: Williams
Number of Simultaneous Players: 2
Maximum number of Players: 2
Gameplay: Joint
Control Panel Layout: Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Flap

Sound: Amplified Mono (one channel)


Picture yourself, you are a knight. Your faithful steed: an ostrich. You battle another similarly outfitted knight on a single screen stage with several platforms upon which one can fly (I know ostriches can't fly, but a certain suspension of disbelief is presumed). The object of the game, as in any joust is to un-...well...unostrich your opponent. One does this by hitting him on the head with your spear. He then turns into an egg, which you must collect lest it hatch and turn into a more difficult opponent. In addition to vanquishing your opponent, you'll also have to avoid such enemies as the pterodactyl and The Lava Troll.

Cabinet Information:

This game actually came in both upright and cocktail formats, its most common format, however, was upright. There is one button, used for flapping. The same hardware can run Robotron with some hardware modifications to allow for the 8-way joysticks it requires.

Sequel: Joust II - Survival of the Fittest
A shockwave version can be found at:
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