Centaur (Bally, 1981)


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This game received 226 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.926 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #51 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.83

Artwork: 8.602

Sounds/Music: 7.149

Other Aspects: 7.914

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11 days ago
I don’t get this title. I know a lot of people rate it 9+, but i think it’s mediocre game for gameplay. To each his own. I love 80’s titles but this is one I don’t like. I try it every show, and every show I walk away even more disappointed.
24 days ago
Another pinsider said it best, "If you don't want to own this game, you shouldn't be on pinside." While it is dated, perhaps in some ways, it is the perfect product of a Heavy Metal theme and a solid pinball platform. Art is fantastic, but the sound is, probably the "best" I've come across. It is in my Top Five for sure. Simply cool as hell.
81 days ago
typical top 5 Bally
3 months ago
Some of the best artwork ever placed on a backglass or playfield--just beautiful! Great sounds as well. I wish the game played as good as it looks. I was really expecting to like this one, was disappointed initially and came back to it later. It still didn't impress me, nor has it any of the subsequent times I've played it. If I had a big collection I'd buy a Centaur just so I could look and marvel at the art.
4 months ago
CenTaur couldn't be any Cooler than other game..
6 months ago
If you don't want to own a Centaur, you should not be allowed on this site.

I have one criticism...the queen's chamber is never aimed for (it can at least score good points though).

It is awesome and there should be more games like this being made, not ones based on Dominos, Monopoly or Aerosmith. Quite like the look of that Spooky Total Nuclear Annihilation though.
6 months ago
I had 3 Centaurs and my house at one time. At first I didn’t know much about the game but became interested when a friend explained the objectives. I ended up borrowing my friend’s game for a short time to decide if it was worth spending the high dollar this title commands. I found out quickly that this game is the top dog of early Ballys! So, I searched for my own game and came across 2 within a week of each other. (one being shipped and one picked up locally) I figured I’ll keep whichever is better.
Such a cool game with unique artwork, awesome sound and great game play; no wonder they made it a 2nd time.
7 months ago
Sorry I just don't get how this game is rated so high. Better than Guns n Roses, Taxi, Tommy, etc etc etc?
you gotta be kidding me! To me its another TERRIBLE game from the 80's. NOt much going on. No great payability, shots and gameplay variation are lacking. Overall theme isn't for me. Sorry to offend anyone who holds this game in high regard but Its almost as bad as flash Gordon imo
8 months ago
Nope. Not sure why this is rated so high. Pass.
9 months ago
This was my first machine and I love it. The artwork and color scheme are unique and the sounds are sort of creepy and cool with the reverb.. great game
9 months ago
This is my #11. Slightly unfair rating.I had a very creepy paranormal experience with the unit I played, it was possessed by a murder victim who was killed in front of that particular machine. (According to my Girlfriend who had nightmares about the game) The Spirit came home and creeped me out. We had to use sage and Florida water to get rid of it. Nothing to do with the game, but this game's symbols are runic, and latin and all sorts of dead languages which make this thing a reliquary. I Broke the machine by accident apparently releasing the spirit of the person who died in front of it. It is very enticing music and creepy sound effects. Reminds me of something out of hellraiser or bad porn (Heavy Metal) from the 70's artwork. One of the best game play games though...very straight forward. Do not have arguments in front of this...it is designed to store negative energy...by accident???????? Played it the next day -- NO issues, both in person and on PS4 Pinball Arcade. The most paranormal pinball game.
10 months ago
Blacker than black. The most metal pinball game ever. If the most metal kid in your 80s High School class, has nothing on Centaur.
10 months ago
I don't own this game in my collection, but when I have played it, I always things it is great, for the time period and even today! 5 ball multi-ball, inline drop targets, cool sounds/voice, and I love the creepy feel/visuals.
11 months ago
Great sound and interesting layout with the divided targets.

If I owned one, I would definitely swap the balls out for colored, the B&W playfield drives my eyes nuts, but still love it.
1 year ago
I am a sucker for in line drops. This machine is not a classic for nothing. Very challenging set of rules if done right. Order is everything.
1 year ago
Brutal. Reminds me of Lemi. Art and Theme are unparalleled. Weird as ***. Soundtrack, eerie, creepy, and the way it narrates to you is like you were playing against a demon in a chapter strait out of Enter Player One. Would take the layout of shots and complexity of scoring rules over new tables any day.
1 year ago
What a sweet game. Classic looker and player.
1 year ago
Classic bally pin with iconic monochronistic art package.
1 year ago
I didn't give this much of a chance initially as I figured it was old and boring. Once I gave it a chance though it blew me away.

It's all about multiball. There isn't really much to shoot for though beyond ORBS but it's a cool concept. Once you get 5 balls going it is a lot of fun.

There really aren't any gimmicks to it or toys. It's pretty simple and straightforward with solid gameplay but the art and sound are spectacular. It's just a solid game and I want to add it to the collection ASAP.
1 year ago
"Release POWER Orbs"!
Not to be confused with the Inder, 1979 game or Cyclopes from Gameplan, 1985 (also a really good game).

Absolute rock solid Early Bally game.
Notable for its black and white artwork on the playfield, backglass and cabinet.

Challenging game for multiball, which many players did not even know it had, as the balls are "hidden" underneath the spring steel flap.
Getting the O-R-B-S targets in order to add a ball is a tough challenge.
Completing the "Queen's Chamber" is even more difficult.

What really set it apart was the "Say it Again" Reverb module.
When it works correctly, it really adds to the depth of the sound.
If it not rebuilt and PROPERLY adjusted, it sounds like a garbled mess (hence comments of "I cannot understand what the game is saying")

Significant price increases in this title in the past 15 years.
Day 1 Mylar saved a lot of original playfields from destruction.

A must play if you are an Early Bally enthusiast.
A must have if you are an Early Bally collector.
Some new collectors will not "get" the game, which is highly unfortunate until later when you do and it costs $8k absurdity. At the current rate, this will be around 5 years or so.
1 year ago
I don't really like or dislike this game, i'm not sure what all it's even about. The voice just says "Destroy Centaur" and it's like why? also the voice with the echo is hard to understand. The artwork on the game is very good and looks super.

what the goal is or how things work I have never figured out. but over all the layout is pretty good and it's a interesting play. bumpers and drop targets and some random multi-ball but the game just doesn't feel all that interesting with out some idea of what the plot is.
1 year ago
Pure target shooting game. First game I fell in love with. Someday I will own another one.
1 year ago
While I appreciate the art on Centaur it's not my favorite. That being said the gameplay is fantastic. I always play Centaur when I come across one. Love the shot and features in the game and considering when it was made it was definitely ahead of its peers feature wise.
2 years ago
It has some of the coolest artwork of any pinball machine in my opinion. But opinions differ and my wife absolutely hates it, that the only reason I don't own this machine.
It has a fair number of toys on the field, unique outlanes, multiball, a decent flow and great sound. I wouldn't want to own this game for the fun factor alone. It's fun but there're better machines out there. The artwork and the sound are what separates this machine from the rest. The only con is that sometimes the silver ball is a bit difficult to track against the black and white background.
2 years ago
This table really surprised me. Looking at it, I really enjoyed the look of the playfield, but something about it made me feel like I wouldn't enjoy it -- and then I played it. Centaur is a classic table for a reason. The rules are quite simple. Really what you want to do is build your multiplier with the top three targets, and knock the ORBS targets, preferably in order to start a multiball. That's really the gist of the table -- simply do that and your score will build and build. What makes this game feel so great is that the machine will periodically demean you when you make poor shots. The four ball multiball on this table is good fun, and isn't especially difficult to activate.
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