Centaur

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This game received 236 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.962 /10

7.962

Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #66 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.


Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.89

Artwork: 8.591

Sounds/Music: 7.148

Other Aspects: 7.964



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7.539/10
3 months ago
one of the most classic bally games of all time , & a better player then Fathom IMO with the bonus that you can get one for a better price
9.789/10
5 months ago
Arguably the best original theme and art design for me, personally. Game play is simple but challenging. I love the inline drop targets with captive ball and the idea of hitting rows of drop targets in order. All while playing to evil drone-like sounds. The voice is from another planet, and with reverb! One of the best pins with brutal game play. A complete package of everything that makes pinball great.

Update: Slightly increased my rating in regards to rules/logic. I love that there are different ways to play this pin and not entirely focus on one single shot like other pins. There is much strategy to this pin and it really make use of every feature that it has to offer. A feature I've really been enjoying lately in pinball is the ability to switch inlane/outlane lights. It is represented here quite well. There is more to do in this pin than some people would actually realize.

2nd Update: The replay factor on this one is very high for me. The frantic play and ball speed during multiball never gets old. Even single ball can get frantic as you aim to hit drops in order, only to miss and see your ball ricochet into either an accidental yet satisfying shot or a quick outline drain. Were you fast enough to light the outlane and claim a power orb to save your current ball? Still a rush.

Something that I've really found myself giving more appreciation to are in-game taunts. Rolling over an already lit lane = "Slow, aren't you?", "Bad move, human!" Awesome. To this day, this pin holds up as one of the closest to being "alive." Has just as much, if not more personality than most top ranked pins.

Not only does this table have plenty to do, it nicely ties in the design of how the shots relate to each other. Great strategy game of it's time. I'm a huge fan of William's 1993 Bram Stokers Dracula and Centaur is quite similar in gameplay in regards to specifically activating multiballs via different features/non-mode based. Centaur utilizing drops targets and lighting inlane/outlines, BSD with ramps. One thing that gives Centaur a big factor over BSD however, is there is are more shot tie-ins, if that's the right word to use. Each switch activates a release, or reset, or advance, resulting in the playfield being well balanced. Of course, unlike BSD, there are no ramps. Honestly, that's always been ok with me. While I do enjoy ramps, I believe having one would actually make it feel less frantic and easier to control during multi ball and I wouldn't want to take away the challenge of that.

The best of it's era and certainly a nice compliment to any other game in a big or small collection.
7.129/10
9 months ago
Ugliest fun you can have lol
9.220/10
11 months ago
One of the best early SS games with a fantastic art package. The gameplay will have you playing again and again. This is a solid game and a must-own if you collect games from this era.
8.615/10
11 months ago
When I was a kid, Centaur and its art package freaked me out. I remember thinking the game was demonic! Now that I’m older - way older - I can appreciate the overall design. For a predominantly black and white machine, it really stands out and the use of what little color there is as accents really works out well. I’ll never understand what drugs Jim took to come up with the half man half motorcycle humanoid with all the crazy weaponry but it looks cool and the women on the machine, well, what can I say! The gameplay is great for the era and I like the rollovers to increase the bonus. The rule set that rewards you for dropping targets in order is a strong plus and getting “orbs” as a reward is a great touch. I also like how the outlanes are designed there’s a way to get an orb there too. The only thing I think the designers missed is the queen’s chamber. I’m just not a fan. Had they done something different like what they did on EBD or Fathom, it would have been much better in my view. Even so, they did distinguish the shots you could take and had appropriate call outs like “only single value” when the easier shot is made. All in all, it’s a great deck and I’m happy to have one in my collection.
8.468/10
11 months ago
Really fantastic art, gameplay that rewards accuracy and control. For me it is absolutely one of the best in this time period. Unfortunately many people think the same which led to the price being what it is.
8.560/10
11 months ago
What a blast!! I need one in my collection! Wow! I love how dark the artwork is, and multiball kicks @$$!!!
5.970/10
1 year 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.
9.154/10
1 year 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
9.600/10
1 year 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!
8.060/10
1 year 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.
8.535/10
1 year 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.
9.032/10
1 year 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 ;-)
9.642/10
2 years ago
One of the best if not the best early Bally solid state game. Artwork, sound and game play are top notch.
4.628/10
2 years 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.
10.000/10
2 years 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.
7.952/10
2 years 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
5.683/10
2 years 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.
9.485/10
2 years 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.
7.309/10
2 years 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.
6.120/10
2 years ago
I get why there is a lot of fan fare for this game. Not a bad pin and I enjoy playing it. I personally prefer the system 9 and 11 games but feel that this is a beautiful pin to own. Game play is above average for its era and some of the shots are pretty cool. I have seen some nice examples of this which may have biased my opinion.
8.214/10
2 years ago
CenTaur couldn't be any Cooler than other game..
8.644/10
2 years 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.
8.955/10
2 years 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.
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