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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

Another fine port of an arcade game - and it's not from Data East!

Loco-MotionGraphics: 4
Sound: 4
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1- or 2-player game
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According to the Blue Sky Rangers' site, Mattel was quite upset that Activision beat them to the punch by releasing Happy Trails prior to Loco-Motion's release. In the game, it is your task to arrange tiles containing different segments of railroad track to pick up passengers at train depots located at the edge of the screen. The longer you take, the fewer points you score. Eventually, disgruntled passengers (those who wait too long) become violent, and blow up the train terminal. Now that's a bit counterproductive, don't you think?

IMHO, Loco-Motion is the better game, with superior graphics and sound. I played this version a decent amount back in the day, and enjoyed it. Although I'm not familiar with the original arcade game, I suspect that, like the other arcade game ports done on the Intellivision by Mattel, this was a well-executed adaptation. A solid game!




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, two variations have been found.
Manual Two variants have been identified.
Overlays No variations have been found.
Label To date, two labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of two Loco-Motion box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Loco-Motion Box (Mattel Electronics 4438-0210 (L001)) Mattel Electronics 4438-0210 (L001) 1982   Origin is not printed on box, but generic copyright info printed on back; opens on bottom flap—not a book-style box; has barcode on back
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 4438-0210 (L003) 1982 Singapore Copyright info printed on back; opens on bottom flap—not a book-style box; has barcode on back

I stumbled on this accidentally when doing inventory. Great. More crap to watch for! Well, here's the scoop. The only difference I've seen in the Mattel versions of the Loco-Motion box is in the manufacturing info on the back. The question, then, is: Does a 'L002' version exist? And, does anyone out there have an Intellivision, Inc. version of the box? I think I saw one on eBay long ago...

Multiple 'Made In' Nations (rev. L001?)

Multiple possible manufacturing locations shown - rev. L001?

'Made In Singapore' Version (rev. L003?)

Made in Singapore version - rev. L003?





A total of two Loco-Motion manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Loco-Motion Manual (Mattel Electronics 4438-0920) Mattel Electronics 4438-0920 1982 U.S.A.  
Loco-Motion Manual (Intellivision Inc. 4438-0920) Intellivision Inc. 4438-0920 None U.S.A. Stapled along top edge; does not have the Konami copyright; has Printed in U.S.A. on both front and back covers




Only one version of the overlay has been found for Loco-Motion.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Loco-Motion Overlay (Mattel Electronics 4436-4289) Mattel Electronics 4436-4289 1982 U.S.A.  




A total of two Loco-Motion label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Loco-Motion Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 to right of origin; © Konami Ind. Co. Ltd. 1981 lower right; ™ uppr right; smaller label, rounded corners
Loco-Motion Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A None   Small label, very rounded corners; game title LOCOMOTION—note the missing hyphen




Title Screen Title screen for Loco-Motion.
All Aboard! Route the train to protect the various depots from unruly passengers. There seems to be a bit of a criminal element amongst them!




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