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M.A.C.H. 3

M.A.C.H. 3 (c) 09/1983 Mylstar Electronics.

You pilot either a Fighter plane or a Bomber plane and must fly around hitting targets on the ground or in the air while avoiding enemy fire. M.A.C.H. 3 used video footage from the laser disc and overlaid computer graphics for your ship and the enemy ships.


Game ID : GV-109

Main CPU : I8086 (@ 5 Mhz)

Sound CPU : (2x) M6502 (@ 1 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) DAC (@ 1 Mhz), (2x) AY8910 (@ 2 Mhz), SP0250 (@ 3.12 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 61.00 Hz

Palette colors : 16

Players : 1

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


M.A.C.H. stands for 'Military Air Command Hunter'.

In order to record the video footage for the game, a specially designed plane was used that had cameras mounted on the nose and in the belly. To keep the video from the laser disc player and computer graphics in sync, target data had to be entered by hand one frame at a time on the right audio track of the laser disc. This was a very time consuming process but was worth the effort, as M.A.C.H. 3 was one of the most successful laser disc games of all time.

Approximately 5,600 units were produced.

King Brown holds the official record for this game with 348,800 points.

Two M.A.C.H. 3 machines were shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.


Programmed by : Chris Brewer, Fred Darmstadt

Video graphics by : Jeff Lee

Video footage by : Clay Lacey

Sound by : David Thiel

Cabinet graphics by : Terry Doerzaph