|Publisher(s)||Konami (JPN) Stern (NA)|
|Mode(s)||Up to 2 players, playing alternately|
|Arcade system||2x Zilog Z80, 2x AY-3-8910|
|Display||Vertical orientation, raster graphics|
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 does not shoot them down, they will 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.
When the game starts, "The Other Day I Met a Bear" can be heard during the opening scene (in which the wolves kidnap Mama's babies). 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, the portion that mimics the beginning of Antonín Dvořák's Humoresque Opus 101 Number 7. After the second stage is cleared a second time, a part of "Oh! Susanna" can be heard.
- Pooyan was ported to the Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, Nintendo Entertainment System, Color Computer 2, Commodore 64, Sord M5, MSX, Apple II, Tandy TRS-80, Tomy Tutor and the Famicom. The Famicom port was also released for the Wii's Virtual Console only in Japan. Pooyan was also included on a compilation disc, Konami Arcade Classics, for the PlayStation 1. An emulated version of the game was released in 2006 for PlayStation 2 in Japan as part of the Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono-series. Most recently, Pooyan was released on Game Room for the Xbox 360. However, all the music has been removed.
- A board game was created by Ideal in 1983 incorporating a pinball-style shooting mechanism.
- There is a series of extra ops in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker known as the "Pooyan Missions", which involves shooting Fulton surface-to-air recovery balloons carrying abducted soldiers off into the air. Sound effects and music from the arcade game are used throughout the mission.