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BiPlane was an old [arcade game] released by [Fun Games Inc.] way back in [1976].

The story

This early black and white arcade title was one of only three games put out by [Fun Games Inc.] before they went out of business (the other two are [Tankers] and [BiPlane 4]). A fourth game (entitled [Kong]) was recently discovered in [PCB] form, but it was never released.

[arcade game|The game]

Each player controls a small [airplane] with a set of levers (this title is two player only). You must avoid each others shots, and the anti-aircraft fire which rings the outer edges of the screen.

This is your basic two player [dogfight], with gameplay very similar to the [airplane] levels on the [Atari 2600] [Combat] cartridge, but without the screen wrapping effect.

[dedicated cabinet|The Machine]

The BiPlane cabinet was finished in woodgrain, and was highly decorated with [dogfight] scenes, and words like "[Action]", "[Fun]", and "[Pow]" (which were done in [comic book] style).

This title did not use a [CPU], and is powered by a very unreliable +5 volt [power supply]. This can easily be replaced with a modern arcade (or even PC), power supply. Many in game setting are changed with knobs instead of switches (things like shot distance, game length, and various audio tone adjustments).

The boards for this game will plug into a [Tanker] cabinet with minimal modifications.

[collecting arcade games|Where to play]

This title has neither been emulated, nor ported to any other system. So you are going to have to find an [dedicated cabinet|original machine] to play it on. (The airplane levels on the [Atari 2600] game [Combat] are similar, but not exact).

I would not add this to my [collecting arcade games|arcade game collection], unless it was incredibly cheap. The need for two players at once really reduces the amount of use that you would be able to get out of this game in your home.