Indie Retro News: Review of King and Balloon

Indie Retro News: King and Balloon

I wanted to give a shout out to the addictive yet simple game ‘King and Balloon’ by RMJ & JoeJoe. This is a 1:1 arcade port of Namco’s 1980 game for the Commodore Amiga, written in 68k assembler and based on the original Z80 code. To go along with this announcement, not only do we have a new screenshot of the game to share, but Saberman has also made a video of the current build of the game, which is version 0.92 Beta.

Here’s a summary of the game from Wikipedia: “The player controls two green men with an orange cannon on the parapet of a castle, shooting at hot-air balloons. The King moves on the ground below, avoiding balloon attacks. If a balloon carries the King off the screen, a life is lost. The game continues until all lives are lost.”


  • min. A500 (512Kb RAM only)


  • Original artwork and sound effects
  • Classic gameplay with bugs included
  • Trainer included for assistance
  • Player controls a crossbowman to attack balloons
  • Balloons attack in squadrons
  • Audio and video synchronized for King’s calls for help

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