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Philko Corporation was an arcade game developer, founded on July 30, 1985 and closed in 1993, headquartered at Jongro-gu, Seoul, South Korea. At the time of the company's closure, it had ceased developing games in 1991 and switched to construction industry under the name of On-Gok".

Some of their arcade games appears to be loosely based on the Sega System 16B hardware platform, a platform that has anti-bootlegging suicide batteries integrated on them. In 1989, Philko was fined and indicted by Korean courts for their bootlegging of video game boards.[1]

List of games[]

Name Console Released Description
Atomic Point Sega System 16B (modified) 1990 Clone of Flash Point/Bloxeed
Dyger Arcade 1989 Shooting game running on Hyper Dyne Side Arms hardware.
Lock On Sega System 16B (modified) 1991 Bootleg of Carrier Air Wing
Snapper Sega System 16B (modified) 1990 Snake clone with Wonder Boy in Monster land assets
The Destroyer from Jail Sega System 16B (modified) 1991 Side-scrolling game simillar to Jail Break
Turtle Ship Arcade 1988 Hack of Hyper Dyne Side Arms
Whizz Arcade 1989 Released in North America as Twin Falcons. Runs on Hyper Dyne Side Arms hardware.
Xyonix Arcade 1989 Tetris clone based on Atari Tetris. Uses Wonder Boy in Monster Land sound engine.


  • In 1989, a rumor published in the November 1989 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly claims that Philko was the first Korean company to program games for the NES, although it is not known if they were licensed by Nintendo to do so or not.
Philko Game EGM 4 nov 89