Longstanding 80's Video Game World Record Potentially Beaten

Twin Galaxies Editorial Staff,

April 1, 2020 4:31 PM

The 38 year old Crazy Climber arcade world record could be dethroned by an incredible performance submitted by competitor Brian Joseph Sperback - but there may be controversy.

On March 30, 2020 at 02:36 PM Twin Galaxies recieved a Crazy Climber arcade score performance submission of 502,700 from competitor Brian Sperback that may have finally toppled one of the longest standing video game world records.

The submission is currently in the Twin Galaxies Submission and Adjudication Process (TGSAP) to verify and authenticate the performance, and pending the result of that, there very well could be a new reigning  champion.

The current 38+ year old world record score of 487,150 established for the Arcade version of Crazy Climber set by Jim Wright on July 5th, 1982, has remained virtually unopposed for that entire time - with the closest official Twin Galaxies verifed score of 482,650  being submitted by William Lee on August 26, 1982. 

Mr. Sperback's submission looks to be a significant historic achievement and has started to generate increased excitement as the Twin Galaxies community works to verify the performance. Interestingly, the accompanying submission message provided by Mr. Sperback seems to downplay the celebratory and historical moment as it plainly states:

"I bought this crazy climber machine with a friend. After he watched me play he said I should submit a score so here it is."

Others were not as sedate about the potential achievement, as the M.A.M.E Crazy Climber world record holder made a rare public appearance and chimed in on the performance adjudication:

"This is Tim Davidson, holder of the MAME Crazy Climber world record since 2008, and co-owner of the machine on which Brian recently achieved his amazing new world record, and I can vouch for both the fact that the machine is on the up-and-up, and Brian's superior skill set. I met Brian playing Crazy Climber at a Dinner Bell market in 1982, and he always was a better player than I was, always pushing himself to become a better player. I'm happy that he finally was able to beat the record."

Of couse, as with all score performances that are submitted to Twin Galaxies modern adjudication system, the verification scrutiny currently taking place of the performance is extremely high - and while the current conversation surrounding the incredible score is extremely positive, there have been some questions raised around some aspects of the video proof that has been provided:


It remains to be seen if the performance is going to ultimately be accepted, but so far it is looking good and Mr.Sperback has definitely commanded some well-deserved positive attention for his competitive contribution!

We look forward to the final outcome!

The full TGSAP submission can be found here:




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