Time Pilot

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Time Pilot Instructions

Time Pilot is controlled by using the keyboard. The left and right arrow keys are used to turn and the spacebar is used to shoot.

Time Pilot Walkthrough

Time Pilot is a free-roaming shoot-em-up game that was developed and published by Konami. The North American version was published by Centuri. The original arcade game was released in 1982. Time Pilot was ported to the Atari 2600, ColecoVision, and MSX the following year. Time Pilot turned out to be one of its era's greatest hits. Yoshiki Okamoto, the designer of the game, was originally ordered to create a driving game by his boss, but continued along with his own idea. When Okamoto's design turned out to be a success, his boss took all of the credit for the idea. Okamoto may have been left with a feeling of disappointment, but the general public was left with a classic game. This Flash version of Time Pilot does an excellent job at recreating the original arcade game.

The objective of Time Pilot is similar to that of any other arcade shooter: destroy all enemies while avoiding your own destruction! When enough rank-and-file enemy aircraft are destroyed, you will face off against a boss. If you are shot down or collide with an enemy, you will lose one life. When all lives are lost, the game is over.

Time Pilot has five stages, each taking place in a different time period. The time periods in this arcade game are 1910, 1940, 1970, 1982 (which was changed to 1983 in the North American version), and 2001. Each time period has its own unique enemies to face based on the era. Playing this classic game in the present (2011) makes me disappointed that we did not have an intergalactic war against UFOs in 2001; bummer.

Time Pilot uses the keyboard as its control device. Use the left and right arrow keys to turn and the spacebar to shoot. Movement in this classic game is similar to that of Asteroids, since your craft rotates and moves forward in the direction that it is facing. The difference between movement in this game and Asteroids, however, is that you do not have to apply thrust; forward motion is constant. You do not have to fear crashing into the ground since the background will continuously scroll in all directions, a premise that was unique for its time.

Time Pilot is a classic shooting game that fans of SHMUPs and arcade games shouldn't pass up. Take a trip back in time with this Flash version of the classic game!

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