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Time Pilot - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


The player's single jet fighter placed in the center of the screen shoots down waves of WWI Biplanes, WWII era fighters, 1970's era helicopters, 1980's era jets, and futuristic UFOs while trying to rescue fellow pilots and avoid bombs, missiles, and other enemy fire.

Time Pilot was produced by Centuri in 1982.

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 Time Pilot was produced include: Challenger, Pit, The, Pleiades, Route 16, Vanguard, Loco-Motion, Tunnel Hunt, Aztarac, and Munch Mobile


Name Time Pilot
Developer Centuri (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10119
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
  • Orientation: Vertical
  • 19-inch

Conversion Class Konami Classic
Game Specific Time Pilot Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Time Pilot Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - 274 lbs
Control Panel Time Pilot Control Panel Image
PCB Time Pilot PCB Image

Game Introduction

Your aircraft is a sleek jet that travels to five different time eras which each have different enemies. The time periods are as follows:

  1. 1910 biplanes and a blimp
  2. 1940 WWII monoplanes and a B-25
  3. 1970 helicopters
  4. 1982 or 1983 the year varies between ROM versions jet planes and a B-52
  5. 2001 UFOs.

In the first four eras, the background setting is the sky with clouds but in the fifth era the background is space with asteroids.

Game Play

During waves with missiles such as the Helicopters and Jets tight turns with many double-back actions will render the attacking missiles mostly useless. Concentrate on shooting down entire squadrons whose appearance is signaled by a siren sound to rack out bonus points. You can also rescue the flying parachutists as you battle the enemies.

You must destroy 56 normal ships in order for the mothership to appear, then you must destroy the mothership by shooting it with seven direct hits. After you have destroyed the mothership, all the other ships will be destroyed and then your jet will advance to the next time period. After you get past all five time periods, the game will begin again with increased difficulty.

Time Pilot KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.56 (16 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.75

Overall Like 4.13
Fun (Social) 3.13
Fun (Solo) 4.07
Collector Desire 2.73

Technical Rating: 3.54

Gameplay 4.19
Graphics 3.67
Originality 3.71
Sound/Music 3.00

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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In the Konami version, the fourth era is 1982 while in the Centuri licensed version, the fourth era is 1983.

This game was designed by Yoshiki Okamoto. He was hired by Konami as a graphic artist although not long after being hired he was asked to design a driving simulator video game. He did not like the idea of a driving game but he did like the game Bosconian a lot so he decided to base his game on Bosconian without telling his boss. He was also smart enough to know he would get in trouble for doing this so he also had his design team simultaneously create code for the driving game too in case his boss wanted to see it. When his boss asked if the driving game was finished, Okamoto showed him Time Pilot instead and his boss became angry. Okamoto asked him to do a location test and the game was received well and the rest is history. Okamoto designed only two games while at Konami: Time Pilot and Gyruss. He later went to Capcom where he designed 1942, Final Fight, and the Street Fighter series of games.



Many home versions for 1980's game systems and computers exist the best translation probably being the ColecoVision version.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Time Pilot Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 348 known instances of this machine owned by Time Pilot collectors who are active members. Of these, 202 of them are original dedicated machines. 21 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 124 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 12 active VAPS members with a Time Pilot machines for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Time Pilot circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 17 active VAPS members currently looking for Time Pilot. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Time Pilot boards sets.

This game ranks a 77 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 35 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]



The game uses two Z80 microprocessors and two AY-3-8910 PSGs for sound.


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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 148; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Arcade Fever Sellers (ISBN 0762409371) Page: 112; Color photo
  3. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 148; Color photo

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