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
ReleaseArcade
  • WW: November 1982[1]
Atari 2600
  • WW: 1983
ColecoVision
  • WW: 1983
MSX
Genre(s)Multidirectional shooter
Mode(s)Up to 2 players, alternating turns
CabinetUpright
CPU1 × Z80 @ 3.072 MHz[2]
Sound1 × Z80 @ 1.79 MHz
2 × AY-3-8910 @ 1.79 MHz
Display19 inch, vertical orientation, raster, 224 x 256

Time Pilot (夕イム・パイ口ツ卜) is a multidirectional shooter designed by Yoshiki Okamoto and released in arcades by Konami in 1982. It was distributed in the United States by Centuri. While engaging in aerial combat, the player-controlled jet flies across open airspace that scrolls indefinitely in all directions.[3][4] Each level is themed to a different time period. Home ports for the Atari 2600, MSX, and ColecoVision were released in 1983.

A sequel, Time Pilot '84, was released in arcades in 1984. It has a top down view instead of a side view and allows the player to shoot guided missiles. It drops the time travel motif and instead takes place over a science fiction-themed 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.

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.[5]

Legacy[edit]

Re-releases[edit]

Clones[edit]

Fury is a 1983 clone from Computer Shack for the TRS-80 Color Computer.[8]

Two unrelated clones with the same name were released in 1984: Kingsoft's Space Pilot for the Commodore 64[9] and Superior Software's Space Pilot for the BBC Micro.

Unfinished projects[edit]

A remake of the game was rumored to be in the works for the Nintendo 64.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Time Pilot at the Killer List of Videogames
  2. ^ "Time Pilot arcade video game by Konami". Arcade History.
  3. ^ "Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits - NDS - Review". GameZone. April 9, 2007. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Kent, Steven. "VideoGameSpot's Interview with Yoshiki Okamoto". Archived from the original on December 7, 1998.
  6. ^ "GBA Gems: Konami Collector's Series: Arcade Advanced". IGN. IGN. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2006-09-01.
  7. ^ "Time Pilot Flies Onto Xbox Live Marketplace". TeamXbox. IGN. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2006-09-01.
  8. ^ Boyle, L. Curtis. "Fury". Tandy Color Computer Game List.
  9. ^ "Space-Pilot". Lemon64.
  10. ^ "Gaming Gossip". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 99. Ziff Davis. October 1997. p. 38.

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