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Pit, The Pit, The - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Pit, The - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A saucer lands at the top of the screen, separated from a tank by a mountain. The player must dig underground tunnels, grab jewels, and return to the saucer before the tank shoots through the mountain and chases away the saucer. Various hazards include falling rocks and enemies that chase you, which you can shoot.

Pit, The was produced by Centuri in 1981.

Centuri released 14 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Centuri was based in United States.

Other machines made by Centuri during the time period Pit, The was produced include: Eagle, Killer Comet, Phoenix, Battle Station, Challenger, Pleiades, Route 16, Vanguard, and Loco-Motion


Name Pit, The
Developer Centuri (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9033
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Pit, The Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail

Game Play

The player digs tunnels from the saucer at the top of the screen to a special jewel room at the bottom of the screen. There are several jewels that the player can get out of the jewel room, with increasing bonuses depending on the number of jewels fetched. Once the first jewel is fetched, spikes begin falling from the ceiling of the jewel room, making it difficult to get more jewels. Finally, the player must return to the saucer. The game board is set up such that the player must cross "The Pit" to return to the saucer. The Pit is a room with a monster in it, with a platform that the player can cross. Once the player steps onto the platform, it begins to retract, and the player must quickly exit the pit room, or else he will fall down and be eaten by the monster.

Pit, The KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.83 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.90

Overall Like 3.50
Fun (Social) 2.50
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 2.00

Technical Rating: 2.75

Gameplay 2.50
Graphics 2.50
Originality 3.50
Sound/Music 2.50

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Pit, The Census

There are 14,830 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,883 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Common - There are 42 known instances of this machine owned by Pit, The collectors who are active members. Of these, 21 of them are original dedicated machines. 21 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Pit, The circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Pit, The.

This game ranks a 6 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 140; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 140; Color photo

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