Fire Truck (video game)

Fire Truck is a black-and-white 1978 arcade game developed and published by Atari, Inc.[3] According to GamesRadar, it was the earliest video game with cooperative gameplay where two players have to work together.[4] Fire Truck is built on the multi-directional scrolling technology created for Atari's Super Bug released the previous year.[5]

Fire Truck
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Arcade flyer
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.
Designer(s)Howard Delman
Mode(s)Single-player, co-op

A single-player version was released as Smokey Joe.[6][7] It is internally identical to Fire Truck.[5] Both games were programmed by Howard Delman.[8] Fire Truck was distributed in Japan by Namco.[1]



Players must cooperate to drive the truck through traffic as far as possible without crashing. While the game can be played with one player, it was primarily designed for two. The front player steers the tractor of the truck sitting down, controlling the gas and brakes, while the rear player stands, and steers the tiller for the rear wheels, controlling the swing of the trailer. The cabinet also provides the players with bells and horns, although these have no use in the actual game.


In the United States, RePlay magazine listed Smokey Joe as the ninth highest-grossing arcade game of 1978, and the original Fire Truck as the year's 12th highest-grossing title.[9]


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  2. ^ "Production Numbers" (PDF). Atari Games. August 31, 1999. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Fire Truck - Overview". allgame. Archived from the original on 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
  4. ^ "Gaming's most important evolutions, Xbox 360 Features". GamesRadar. 2010-10-08. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  5. ^ a b Scott Stilphen, DP Interviews Howard Delman, archived from the original on March 19, 2012, retrieved May 31, 2012
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2012-05-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-05-31.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers". Archived from the original on 2019-09-26. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  9. ^ "Video Games". RePlay. November 1978.

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