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Pleiades Pleiades - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Pleiades - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


In this multi-wave space shooter, enemy ships come at you in scrolling waves. Growing bird-like ships swoop down at the player's ship as more enemy ships spring forth from the mothership. During the final wave, the player must navigate around parked ships to hit landing pad right on.

Pleiades 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 Pleiades was produced include: Eagle, Killer Comet, Phoenix, Battle Station, Challenger, Pit, The, Route 16, Vanguard, and Loco-Motion


Name Pleiades
Developer Centuri (United States)
Year 1981
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9045
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Pleiades Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Pleiades Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: Rotational (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cocktail
  • Cabaret/Mini

Pleiades KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Bug When the final alien is killed on the very first wave, the game says that you be rewarded x amount of points, but this bonus is never added to your score.PCheat on the second round, shoot all but one alien. Then move the ship to the far left, wait for the alien to be in a firing line, then shoot. Its bullets will now go through you as long as you keep him in that position. You can quickly dart left and right, shooting it to death, racking up points very quickly. After about three minutes of this, the alien becomes highly annoyed and will hover right below you, and do all kind of neato moves. It is quite a sight to see

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The Centuri marquee incorrectly spells the game as Pleiades but the software ROMs and main screen spell the game as Pleiads.

This game can be seen in the movie Nightmares starring Emilio Estevez as J.J. Cooney in the segment "Bishop of Battle". In one section, he attempts to scam some other video game players by playing Pleiades. The movie was made in 1983.



VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Pleiades Census

There are 14,817 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,868 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 139 known instances of this machine owned by Pleiades collectors who are active members. Of these, 76 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 58 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 8 active VAPS members with a Pleiades machines for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Pleiades circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 6 active VAPS members currently looking for Pleiades.

This game ranks a 42 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 12 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]



DIP switches one through four set the initial number of lives a player is given. DIP switch five sets the number of coins per credit. DIP switch eight sets either cocktail or upright mode.


  1. Phoenix
  2. Pleiades


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 103; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 103; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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Phoenix / Pleiades to JAMMA Adapter

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Pleiades Arcade Marquee/Sign (26" x 8")

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Flyer CENTURI-PLEIADES Arcade Video Game advertisement original see pic

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Pleiades Arcade Marquee For Reproduction Header/Backlit Sign

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Pleiades Arcade Marquee 26" x 8"

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Centuri PLEIADES Arcade Video Game Manual - good used original

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JAMMA to Phoenix / Pleiades Cabinet Adapter

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