Time Pilot

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Time Pilot
Time Pilot Flyer.png
North American arcade flyer
Developer(s)Konami
Publisher(s)
Designer(s)Yoshiki Okamoto
Artist(s)Hideki Ooyama
Composer(s)Masahiro Inoue
Platform(s)Arcade, Atari 2600, MSX, ColecoVision
ReleaseArcadeAtari 2600
  • WW: 1983
ColecoVision
  • WW: 1983
MSX
  • EU: 1983
  • JP: December 1984
Genre(s)Multidirectional shooter
Mode(s)Up to 2 players, alternating turns

Time Pilot (タイムパイロット, Taimu pairotto) is a multidirectional shooter arcade game designed by Yoshiki Okamoto and released by Konami in 1982. It was distributed in the United States by Centuri,[1] and by Atari Ireland in Europe and the Middle East.[4] While engaging in aerial combat, the player-controlled jet flies across open airspace that scrolls indefinitely in all directions.[7][8] Each level is themed to a different time period. Home ports for the Atari 2600, MSX, and ColecoVision were released in 1983.

A top-down sequel, Time Pilot '84, was released in arcades in 1984. It drops the time travel motif and instead takes place over a futuristic landscape.

Gameplay[edit]

Players assume the role of a pilot of a futuristic fighter jet trying to rescue fellow pilots trapped in different time eras. In each level, players battle enemy aircraft and then a stronger aircraft. Players' fighter jet is in the center of the screen at all times. Players eventually battle a mothership of the time period they are in; once the mothership is defeated, they move onto the next time period. Parachuting pilots will occasionally appear and award players points if collected.

There are five levels: 1910, 1940, 1970, 1982/1983, and 2001. After the fifth level is finished, the game repeats thereafter.

Extra lives are given at 10,000 points, and per 50,000 scored up to 960,000; thereafter, game goes to "survival of the fittest" mode.

Fighters are destroyed if they collide into bullets, enemy ships, or missiles. Game ends if last fighter is destroyed.

Development[edit]

According to his account, Yoshiki Okamoto's proposal for Time Pilot was initially rejected by his boss at Konami, who assigned Okamoto to work on a driving game instead. Okamoto secretly gave instructions to his programmer to work on his idea, while pretending to be working on a driving game in front of his boss.[9]

Reception[edit]

In North America, the game topped the Play Meter arcade earnings chart in February 1983.[10] In Japan, Game Machine listed Time Pilot on their June 1, 1983 issue as being the eighteenth most popular arcade title at the time.[11]

Legacy[edit]

Re-releases[edit]

Clones[edit]

Fury is a 1983 clone from Computer Shack for the TRS-80 Color Computer.[14] Two clones, both called Space Pilot but otherwise unrelated, were released in 1984: from Kingsoft for the Commodore 64[15] and Superior Software for the BBC Micro. Vector Pilot is a 2011 hobbyist-written clone for the Vectrex console.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Overseas Readers Column - Konami's Video "Time Pilot" Licensed To Century Of U.S.A.". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 203. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 December 1982. p. 30.
  2. ^ "Video Game Flyers: Time Pilot, Konami (USA)". The Arcade Flyer Archive. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Video Game Flyers: Time Pilot / Pooyan (Konami, UK)". The Arcade Flyer Archive. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Industry News: Atari, Konami Announce Pact For 'Time Pilot'". Cash Box. Cash Box Pub. Co. 18 December 1982. p. 106.
  5. ^ "Video Game Flyers: Time Pilot, Karateco (France)". The Arcade Flyer Archive. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  6. ^ Time Pilot at the Killer List of Videogames
  7. ^ "Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits - NDS - Review". GameZone. April 9, 2007. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2011-04-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Konami Arcade Classics: Well, at least it's classic". IGN. January 7, 2000. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2011-04-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Kent, Steven. "VideoGameSpot's Interview with Yoshiki Okamoto". Archived from the original on December 7, 1998.
  10. ^ "The Top 15 Arcade Games: February 15, 1983". Video Games. Vol. 1 no. 7. April 1983. p. 82.
  11. ^ "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 213. Amusement Press, Inc. 1 June 1983. p. 29.
  12. ^ "GBA Gems: Konami Collector's Series: Arcade Advanced". IGN. IGN. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2006-09-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Time Pilot Flies Onto Xbox Live Marketplace". TeamXbox. IGN. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2006-09-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Boyle, L. Curtis. "Fury". The Tandy Color Computer Games List.
  15. ^ "Space-Pilot". Lemon64.
  16. ^ {{cite web|last=Tuts|first=Kristof |title=Vector Pilot|url=https://tbone1892001.wixsite.com/vectrex-guide/vector-pilot%7Cwebsite=The Definitive Guide to Vectrex Collecting}

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