Centaur II (Bally, 1983)

Centaur II

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This game received 47 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.732 /10

7.732

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #80 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.853

Artwork: 7.938

Sounds/Music: 6.644

Other Aspects: 7.777



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8.960/10
5 months ago
this one scored high because of it's theme..likes the voices in the game
8.509/10
5 months ago
This is just simply a killer game. It's a great game to introduce people to early 80's Bally's because it is a lot easier then most of the others and has several multi balls to excite newer players. It's still not an easy game but certainly a lot friendlier then games like Flash Gordon, Fathom, etc. The game has fantastic art, cool sounds, and an amazing light show for it's time. Yes the centaur 2 cabinets are just plain fugly and you don't get as much of the awesome BG. What you do get is the exact same gameplay as Centaur at a much cheaper price though.
5.731/10
1 year ago
What is it about scantily clad women and men with horns that made them so pervasive in the late 70s and early 80s?

By the time this machine was released, I was a regular pinball player, and was starting to discriminate between what I felt were "good" and "bad" machines, and the teenaged me would have loved the aesthetics of this game... but the teenaged me would not have been happy that my hard earned quarter would have been gone so quickly-- this game is a total drain monster.

Broadly, I didn't care for the experience of playing this game. In looking at it before I dropped my quarter in, I didn't really expect to enjoy the experience, but I did it anyway, since I hadn't ever seen this title in person. I'm glad I dropped in a quarter to satisfy my need of saying that I played the game, but there's absolutely nothing about the game that would make me want to drop in another quarter and try it again.
6.968/10
1 year ago
Same pf as the first Centaur, and not really improved upon anywhere else. For Centaurs (both I and II), it seems like some are fantastic and some need serious tuning (one of the games with the widest ranges of terrible to great that I've seen in the wild). The multiball start is fun, and I really like the "cheater" holes between the outlanes and inlanes. It's a game that seems to have everything and can be a super fun experience, but you gotta get one that has been set up juussssst right.

I'd love to have a Centaur in my collection (I or II, preferably the first one though). Play as many as you can wherever you can just to see how they vary in the wild.
1.000/10
1 year ago
horrible design, pinball theater, one of the worst ever seen
8.154/10
2 years ago
God awful rehash of terrible cabinet design.

Otherwise, game is fantastic
7.869/10
2 years ago
Possibly the best artwork in all of pinball, awesome ahead of its time speech processing and delay, adding to the creepy aesthetic. Why is it that Centaur II, the same game as Centaur I in a different cabinet, ends up 20 or so spots behind? I don't really understand this. Regardless, for an early SS (no ramp) game, there isn't anything else out there that can compare.
10.000/10
3 years ago
Exceptional game. One of the very best pins from the best era of pinball.
I finally added this game to my collection, wasn't cheap, but worth every penny.
Centaur 2 is hard to find, they don't get listed for sale often as nobody wants to let it go, & when they do list it the price goes up up & up!
I chose the LE Centaur 2 over the original Centaur, IMO a game as unique as Centaur deserves a unique cabinet, & I just think it looks better.
To sum it up this is a great game easy 10/10 & definite keeper.
7.330/10
3 years ago
Fun for its era
4.642/10
3 years ago
not my thing! didn't like it
6.726/10
3 years ago
Like the first game, I like the art style in some areas of the playfield, and find some of the shots to be pretty enjoyable. However, just about everything else is either "Not So Good" to "Decent."
7.762/10
4 years ago
This is exactly the same as Centaur in a goofy cabinet. That doesn't make it not a classic. Love this game. Quite challenging to get a high score. And the multi ball / orb rules are way ahead of its time.
9.023/10
4 years ago
Centaur is an absolutely wonderful game. This is the best example of a game that bridges EM rulesets and the more modern and complex tables of the 90's and beyond.

The Pros:
Jim Patla and his entire team did a marvelous job considering the tech available, this game is a wonder of engineering. The amount of information packed into a 16kb (yes that's right Kilobyte) Rom is staggering. It's almost as impressive as Eugene Jarvis cramming 20k of code to create Defender. Game play requires skill, aim (don't mess up your orbs seq.) and nudging from the out to the inlanes. inline drop targets, magnets at the top of the pf when multiball starts when you hit the timed skill shot from the flippers.

The Cons:
No multiball multiplier, but this may be ridiculous with 5 balls on the pf. Enjoy the chaos while you can.

The Takeaway:
The game play is absolutely superb. The art is incredible. Paul Faris did a brilliant job with the entire package. Please remember that pinball is a getaway from reality. It is fantasy, just like reality TV. Some people still don't get it though. I think that this is their own (daft) opinion and their opinion matters to them. This same pinball crowd would probably like yellow smiley faces on their shirts and believe that Strawberry Shortcake is a GREAT theme for a pinball game. For these points of view, I have a joke to pose to them: What's black, white and red all over...?

Update: The more I play this game, the more I find that the strategies are directed towards building and collecting bonus (my favorite game ruleset from this vintage) and that it tops out with the bonus collect from the right lane to the top of the PF. Combined with an O-R-B-S multiball stack, this means that you are constantly juggling to control the deck while deciding where you want to place your shots as accurately as possible. Releasing all the captive O-R-B-S is always satisfying. It's not always easy to get to bonus max 5x, but this game definitely needs to be tuned and adjusted to keep players from running away with their scores on this table. Getting to that maxed out bonus SHOULD be very difficult to do. Read your manual, make your rules as hard as you can, steepen this table out and wax it to a shiny surface. Consider removing the upper outlane bumpers and see how well you can play pinball now...

Update v2:
I have had to nastify this deck even more to keep it interesting. With that in mind, I am playing it less and less. So, the dream is over for me. I'm selling my copy to make room for other games I'd rather play. Who wants to trade for a Frontier?
8.150/10
4 years ago
I share Lorenz' view on the rules, music, lights and game play (all excellent). On the other hand, I do not enjoy Playfield, cabinet and BG art that much.
7.672/10
5 years ago
4 player version of this classic.
8.344/10
6 years ago
How could they take a machine like Centaur and put it in such a crappy cabinet!!! (Aghhh). I like the game because it's a Centaur, but... talk about an ugly cabinet...
Thanks... I'll keep my Centaur.
9.592/10
8 years ago
WHAaaaT a pinball machine, So ahead of his time:

> nice and atypical artworks (thanks Mr Farris).
> great rules and playfield.
>Amazing sounds and flashing lights.
>>> 5 balls rushing and runing like demons on the playfield.

Number One baby, number one ! ! !
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