North American arcade flyer
|Platform(s)||Arcade, Atari 2600, MSX, ColecoVision|
|Mode(s)||Up to 2 players, alternating turns|
|CPU||1 × Z80 @ 3.072 MHz|
|Sound||1 × Z80 @ 1.79 MHz|
2 × AY-3-8910 @ 1.79 MHz
|Display||19 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. 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.
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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.
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.
- PlayStation as part of the Konami Arcade Classics compilation in 1999.
- Game Boy Advance as part of the Konami Collector's Series: Arcade Advanced compilation on March 18, 2002. This version includes a hidden sixth era, 1,000,000 BC, where the player must shoot pterodactyls.
- Xbox 360 as part of Xbox Live Arcade on August 30, 2006.
- Nintendo DS as part of Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits.
- Released for i-mode mobile phones in Japan in 2004.
- A special version named Time Pilot '95 also appears in the Super Famicom game Ganbare Goemon Kirakira Douchuu: Boku ga Dancer ni Natta Wake (of the Ganbare Goemon series), and can be unlocked when the main game is completely cleared.
- A version of the game for Xbox Live Arcade by Digital Eclipse features optional updated graphics, although the game plays identically (it is a port of the original).
- The emulated version was re-released in 2005 for PlayStation 2 in Japan as part of the Oretachi Geasen Zoku Sono-series.
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