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Pooyan Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami (JPN) Stern (NA)
Designer(s) Tokuro Fujiwara
Platform(s) Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit family, Color Computer 2. Commodore 64, MSX, Apple II, Famicom, Virtual Console
Release date(s) 1982
Genre(s) Fixed shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, playing alternately
Input methods Joystick, one button
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system 2x Zilog Z80, 2x AY-3-8910

Pooyan (プーヤン ?) is a classic arcade game manufactured by Stern Electronics under license from Konami in 1982. In it, the player controls "Mama", a pig whose babies have been kidnapped by a group of wolves.



Mama Pig defends her home and rescues her "Pooyan" (the kidnapped piglets) riding an elevator car moved by two "Buuyan" (controlled by the player with a Y-axis [up and down] joystick), and uses a bow and arrow with slabs of meat against the balloon-riding wolves and their boss (the latter being pink in color while the former are red). There are two stages. In the first, the wolves are riding to the bottom of the screen, and if Mama doesn't shoot them down, they'll climb up the ladders and try to eat her. In the second (occurring after an "intermission" sequence), the wolves are riding to the top of screen, and if enough wolves get there, they will push a boulder on top of Mama, resulting in a life being lost. In both cases, the stage is cleared by shooting all the wolves, though in the second stage the boss must be shot down (which will take many shots unless the meat is used), otherwise the wolves will keep coming. After the second stage is cleared a bonus round begins. In one type, Mama must shoot all the wolves only using meat, while in the other she must use regular arrows on the fruits. Afterward, the game begins anew with higher difficulty. The first stage theme bears a very slight resemblance to the main theme music from Frogger, another Konami arcade game. The song is a part of the Desecration Rag (An operatic Nightmare) by Felix Arndt. After the second stage is cleared a second time, a part of "Oh! Susanna" can be heard.

Ports and related releases

Highest score

Mark Kinter of Virginia, USA, scored a world record 1,609,250 points on the arcade version of Pooyan on December 16, 1983.[1]

External links


  1. ^ "Twin Galaxies' Pooyan High Score Rankings". Retrieved 27 December 2009.  

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Box artwork for Pooyan.
Developer(s) Konami
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action
System(s) Arcade, Atari 8-bit, Atari 2600, Commodore 64/128, Apple II, Famicom, MSX, PlayStation 2, Radio Shack Color Computer, Mobile
Players 1-2
Pooyan marquee

Pooyan is remarkable simply for it's creativity. It could almost be loosely categorized as a shooter. In Pooyan, a clan of wolves have stolen two out of three of Mama Pig's little piglets. Not satisfied with just the two, they're out to finish the job. Mama has to defend her cliff side home from the wolves' assault. Armed with a bow and arrow, and riding an elevator manned by two pigs at the top of the cliff, Mama must pop the balloons that the wolves use to drop to the ground, or rise to the top.

Pooyan made a small, but noticeable splash in arcades around the world, enough to attract software publisher Datasoft to license the title from Konami, for release on several 8-bit home computers in the early 80s. Pooyan is one of three titles that Konami developed for the Atari 2600, long before they became a major software publishing house. Konami also released the game for the Famicom, and the MSX. Much later in 2006, developer Hamster released an arcade accurate conversion for the PlayStation 2 as part of their Oretachi Game Center series.


One day in a forest, a group of wolves attacked the Pig's House where Mama Pig and her little Pooyan piggies were living peacefully. Mama fought against the wolves to protect her Pooyans using arrows and meat. For all her efforts, however, some Pooyans were kidnapped. The wolves come back to finish the job, and this time, Mama is prepared to take the wolves down and rescue her missing Pooyans.

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Gameplay summary

  • You control Mama Pig and her elevator, directing it up or down to the height that you wish to fire from.
  • You can fire off two arrows on the screen at any moment. You can also collect and throw slabs of meat when they become available.
  • There are two rounds that repeat. In the first round, the wolves descend from the tree to the ground. In the second round, the wolves rise from the ground to the tree.
  • In both rounds, the wolves must be stopped by popping their balloons either with arrows or by lobbing meat at them.
  • The Wolves throw rocks back at Mama Pig. She loses on life if she is hit by them, if a wolf lands on the ground and climbs behind her, or if enough wolves rise to the top of tree and push a rock on her.
  • After the even rounds, you play in one of two different bonus rounds.


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Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Release date Atari 2600:
1982 (NA)
Genre Fixed Shooter Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single player
1-2 players alternating
Age rating(s) N/A
Atari 2600
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Input Atari 2600 Joystick
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