Head On (video game)

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Head On
Head On screenshot
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega/Gremlin
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s) INT 197904April 1979
Genre(s) Driving, Maze
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Sega VIC Dual
CPU Zilog Z80 clocked at 1.93356 MHz
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Display Raster, 256 × 224, horizontal orientation

Head On is an arcade game developed in 1979 by Sega. In this game, players control their cars through the maze where the goal is to collect the dots while avoiding collisions with the computer-controlled car that is also collecting dots. It was an early maze game revolved around collecting dots and is considered a precursor to Namco's 1980 hit Pac-Man.[1]

Sequels and ports[edit]

A sequel was released the same year as the original, Head On 2. It was licensed to Nintendo and released as Head On N.[2]

Head On was ported to the Commodore 64 in 1982, as well as the Commodore VIC-20, Apple II, and Nintendo Game Boy. The game boy port is by Tecmo. Head On later appeared in the Sega Saturn collection Sega Memorial Selection Vol.1 and in the PlayStation 2 collection Sega Ages Vol. 23. A mobile phone exclusive version titled Sonic's Head On was released exclusively in Japan in 2000.

The game spawned clones for many systems, including Car Wars for the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, Killer Car for Spectravideo, Car Chase for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Dodge 'Em for the Atari 2600, and Dodge Racer for the Atari 8-bit family.


  1. ^ Forgotten Gems of the Maze Chase Genre, The Next Level
  2. ^ Gorges, Florent (2010). The History of Nintendo, Pix'n Love Publishing