Time Pilot (タイムパイロット, Taimu pairotto) is a multidirectional shooter designed by Yoshiki Okamoto and released in arcades by Konami in 1982. It was distributed in the United States by Centuri. While engaging in aerial combat, the player-controlled jet flies across open airspace that scrolls indefinitely in all directions.[3][4] Each level is themed to a different time period. Home ports for the Atari 2600, MSX, and ColecoVision were released in 1983.

Time Pilot
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North American arcade flyer
Designer(s)Yoshiki Okamoto
Artist(s)Hideki Ooyama
Composer(s)Masahiro Inoue
Platform(s)Arcade, Atari 2600, MSX, ColecoVision
  • WW: November 1982[1]
Atari 2600
  • WW: 1983
  • WW: 1983
  • EU: 1983
  • JP: December 1984
Genre(s)Multidirectional shooter
Mode(s)Up to 2 players, alternating turns
CPU1 × Z80 @ 3.072 MHz[2]
Sound1 × Z80 @ 1.79 MHz
2 × AY-3-8910 @ 1.79 MHz
Display19 inch, vertical orientation, raster, 224 x 256

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.


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.[5]




Fury is a 1983 clone from Computer Shack for the TRS-80 Color Computer.[8]

Two unrelated clones with the same name were released in 1984: Kingsoft's Space Pilot for the Commodore 64[9] and Superior Software's Space Pilot for the BBC Micro.

Unfinished projectsEdit

A remake of the game was rumored to be in the works for the Nintendo 64.[10]


  1. ^ Time Pilot at the Killer List of Videogames
  2. ^ "Time Pilot arcade video game by Konami". Arcade History.
  3. ^ "Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits - NDS - Review". GameZone. April 9, 2007. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Kent, Steven. "VideoGameSpot's Interview with Yoshiki Okamoto". Archived from the original on December 7, 1998.
  6. ^ "GBA Gems: Konami Collector's Series: Arcade Advanced". IGN. IGN. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2006-09-01.
  7. ^ "Time Pilot Flies Onto Xbox Live Marketplace". TeamXbox. IGN. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2006-09-01.
  8. ^ Boyle, L. Curtis. "Fury". Tandy Color Computer Game List.
  9. ^ "Space-Pilot". Lemon64.
  10. ^ "Gaming Gossip". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 99. Ziff Davis. October 1997. p. 38.

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