Last updated: October 6, 2000 3:00PM EST - Joust 2 section created!

Joust 2 (Williams, 1986)

Joust 2 front-on

    Ah, my first Williams game! And a rare one at that - production run numbered between 500 and 1000 units, according to my best sources. I was quite lucky to pick this up, but I very nearly passed on it. A friend had this in his comic store but after it broke down he was willing to sell it to me. I don't really have the room to keep it unless I want it to share the garage with the Sinistar cockpit! But, I figured this would make an excellent project game to learn component-level electronics diagnostics and repair. After discussing it with a co-worker, it was decided we'd pick it up and take it to his place to work on.

    Joust 2 is a "normal" game, using raster graphics. It's a follow-on to the original Joust (Williams, 1982). As in the original, you move your ostritch-mounted knight around the game board, attempting to knock enemies off their mounts while avoiding the evil pterodactyl. It supports simultaneous 2-player action, cooperative on some levels and competitive on others. The major obvious differences are the presence of a transform button - converts your mount to a pegasus - and a vertically-mounted monitor. The original was one of my favorites as a kid, but I never played the sequel much. I'm sure that's about to change.

    The cosmetic condition of the game is fair, probably a 6 or a 7. There is a gouge out of the CP, visible in the picture above, a missing portion of a button on the left player's side, some paint flaking on the backglass, and of course the requisite nicks, scratches and dings on the sides. The game was not working when I picked it up, but it had all the original equipment inside.


    For this game, I had my co-worker bring out his truck, and again I rented a furniture dolly - again, not from U-Haul (see  here for details) to haul the thing out of the store. Transport was relatively painless. For the time being, Joust 2 will reside at my co-worker's home so we may work on it with greater ease. Besides, I don't think I have any more room for another game!

On to the next page

Back to Madoc's Place - Classic Arcade

   Sacagawea Errors  About the Author

Copyright 2001 Madoc Owain