Software:Tattoo Assassins

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Tattoo Assassins
Tattoo Assassins arcade flyer
Developer(s)Data East Pinball
Publisher(s)Data East
Director(s)Bob Gale
Producer(s)Mike Marvin
Designer(s)Joe Kaminkow
Eddi Wilde (stunt coordinator)
John Carpenter (programmer)
Artist(s)Paul Faris
Bob Short (make-up artist)
Writer(s)Bob Gale
Composer(s)Brian L. Schmidt
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
Arcade systemData East DECO32

Tattoo Assassins is an unreleased 1994 fighting game developed by the pinball division of Data East for release in arcades. A few prototypes were test-marketed, but the game was never officially released. Spearheaded by Bob Gale (screenwriter for Back to the Future) and Joe Kaminkow (leader of Data East Pinball, now known as Stern Pinball), Tattoo Assassins was designed to be Data East's answer to Mortal Kombat.

The game was essentially completed before it was cancelled, though it has some minor gameplay and sound glitches, and prototype cabinets were released to test markets in 1994.

Gameplay screenshot


Tattoo Assassins was reviewed in Next Generation; the reviewer panned the game for poor synchronization between controls and characters, sometimes choppy animation, and most especially the game's "extraordinary lack of any real innovation."[1]


  1. "Tattoo Assassins". Next Generation (Imagine Media) (4): 102. April 1995. 

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