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This game received 230 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.959 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #56 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.863

Artwork: 8.629

Sounds/Music: 7.247

Other Aspects: 7.959

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3 months ago
After a dozen plays at MAGFest, my opinion on Centaur comes down to this: the artwork combined with the lighting on the cabinet was actively repellent to me. I found the art ugly to the point of it being distracting from the play. It's a solid table layout. Re-themed, it might be a table I go back to.
3 months ago
Centaur looks like a normal pin until you discover the multiball function. If you complete orbs (if in order, you will add a ball into play) you will have a ball to launch when you hit the upper right target "release orbs". I love this machine especially for this feature. Not a fan of the artwork. For the rest it's my favourite early 80s pinball
3 months ago
The Centaur beats imho all EE machines. I owned one for more than 10 years. There is nothing comparable in the pinball universe. The callouts, the multiballs, the sounds, the design, everything is outstanding.

A fantastic machine!
5 months ago
A Bally 1981 classic. Knew right away what I had to do with simple rules, but my goodness it was not simple to play! The artbis unlike any other pin. I'm not a fan of the piano bike thing, but I appreciate how awesome the artistic aspect it. Very risky, very different with black and white. Screams cool.
9 months ago
Can someone tell me what happened to shooting drop target banks in order? What a great gimmick that is.

Oh also this table is a god damn work of art.
9 months ago
Centaur 2, probably the only one in its conceived simplicity, effective clarity, the only masterpiece rigorously reduced to the core element of a pinball machine! An unparalleled caliber. With a little practice and a lot of enduring skill, you will find here to his strict, but fair master, steadily demanding reflex orgies. A Multiball chases the other on the game worthy of the field and is also, in addition, perfected by its visually outrageous, brilliant extravagance, as atmospheric, as well as distinctive rhythmic to a harsh unified whole!
In the sense, a, by the self-confessed sommelier, timeless concessioned Buket, exquisite power!
A game of oppressive elegance, beyond the usual, colorful good mood of the sea, it rises gracefully. Immerse yourself in the intimidating, rough, rude end time events that force you to be immersed!
Centaur 2, which, through its idiosyncratic Cabinet, succeeds in embodying the Centaur Motorcycle Hybrid even more. Put you side by side, more directly than you would like, right in the middle of the desert. Rapid Fire was created to help Centaur find his ideal shape!
Fight them in a repetitively motivating soundscape against insurmountable armies of well-proportioned female insects and oil-smeared, mechanical hybrid beings, pierced in coarse leather sadomasochistic outfit, who oppose them with such rigorous mercilessness, roughly that only very few of them should succeed tirelessly be able to withdraw warlike suction! Collect orbs to defy them. Collect them to ensure yourself an experience that can not be forgotten!
Centaur 2, my absolute favorite! Enjoy at your own risk! Best regards, a truly obsessed ;-)
9 months ago
Great early 80's pinball by Bally! Fantastic fantasy horror artwork that draws you in. Early speech with terrific sound and 5 ball multi ball. Love it!
11 months ago
One of the best if not the best early Bally solid state game. Artwork, sound and game play are top notch.
11 months ago
I get why "Centaur" might be "underrated" or even in somebody's "Top 10"...I simply don't agree. When you play this bad boy, you think "Gottlieb did this". You'd be wrong. It's a Bally table. The artwork is what drew me to it. It looks like Mad Max by way of H.R. Giger. Unfortunately, it's just pretty to look at and not much else. it's another "Gorgar" where you listen to some guy telling you to "destroy Centaur" and a couple other things as you make attempts to hit targets that aren't entirely aligned with the flippers. So, you spend game after game attempting to make shots into little side tunnels. The rule set isn't entirely clear here without instructions and even when you do figure it out, it's a bit convoluted. The left tunnel rule alone is very involved. In order to complete anything, you need pinpoint accuracy at all times, hitting drop targets the size of a thumbnail in order. Doing so gives you a multi-ball reward which is fine but this isn't anything we haven't seen before. It's dated. Additionally, as beautiful as the art and design is, it feels tacked on to a generic drop-target fest. The audio is also terrible. I get the table is nearly 40 years old (Jesus, I'm old...) but the repetition of it is what grates. Not for me.
11 months ago
This is by far one of the most underrated games ever. This game is amazing and probably inspired games today like TNA and many others. This is a true classic.
1 year ago
no ramps or kickback holes or multiball, but you came for the eyecandy. music is pretty drone and lack luster, but its so beautiful it makes up for most of its drawbacks, more of a piece of h.r. giger art history than anything else. its fuckin heavy metal dude
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
typical top 5 Bally
1 year ago
CenTaur couldn't be any Cooler than other game..
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
1 year 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
1 year ago
Nope. Not sure why this is rated so high. Pass.
2 years 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
2 years 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.
2 years ago
Blacker than black. The most metal pinball game ever. The most antisocial metal kid in your 80s High School class has nothing on Centaur.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
2 years 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.
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