Manufacturer Wico

Wico 8-Way Red Leafswitch Joystick (Short, thin shaft)

Used on early 80s games.

Original 8-way red ball and red shaft, leaf switch joystick in used condition. This joystick has a short stick and thin shaft.  This is a used joystick, the red ball does have some wear marks. it does move as is should.  We believe this was used in early Taito games such as Jungle King, Jungle Hunt, Qix and Zoo Keeper (among others).

Related Game Title Zoo Keeper
Related Game Title Jungle Hunt
Related Game Title Jungle King
Related Game Title Elevator Action
Related Game Title Qix
Quick Game Facts
Zoo Keeper

Arguably Taito’s best classic game, Zookeeper features fantastic game play with a great theme. The object of the game is simple, as Zeke the Zookeeper you must keep all of the animals in the cage, which is constantly being destroyed by the animals trying to escape and rebuilt by Zeke. The game also features two additional stages one in which in Zeke must rescue his girlfriend Zelda (much like Donkey Kong) and the second in which in Zeke can receive an extra guy by jumping over animals.

Coin-Op Overview

Unlike most of Taito’s earlier games, Zookeeper’s cabinet features wonderful artwork depicting a Lion escaping from the Zoo among other things. Most of Taito’s other games (such as Qix, Jungle Hunt and Elevator Action) were manufactured in a standard “Taito” cabinet, which had the word “Taito” on each side and a rather boring design. While most Zookeeper cabinets were done in only orange and blue, some were released with color side-art.

Screen Captures

Coin-Op Technical Details
Year: 1982
Manufacturer: Taito
Genre: Platform
Players: 2P
Conversion Class: unique
Monitor Type: Raster
Orientation: Horizontal
Monitor Resolution: CGA