Time Pilot

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Time Pilot
Time Pilot Flyer.png
North American arcade flyer
Designer(s)Yoshiki Okamoto
Artist(s)Hideki Ooyama
Composer(s)Masahiro Inoue
Platform(s)Arcade, Atari 2600, MSX, ColecoVision
ReleaseArcadeAtari 2600
  • WW: 1983
  • WW: 1983
  • 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.


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.


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]


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]




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]


  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.
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  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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