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Pinball: Centaur
Centaur was born this way first.

Centaur: "Destroy Centaur."

Centaur is a Physical Pinball Table released by Bally in 1981. It was designed by Jim Patla and illustrated by Paul Faris.

The first and most defining aspect of Centaur is its striking visual design, with its predominantly black and white art punctuated by bursts of red and amber. The backglass is dominated by the game's Centaur, a hulking half-man half-motorcycle creature carrying a leather-clad punk woman on his back. Between the artwork and dark theme, reverberating background, and Machine Monotone voice, this is a hauntingly memorable table, reminiscent of Heavy Metal or Cyber Punk.

As a pinball table, Centaur is held in high regards by many players, who rank it one of the best Bally tables ever made. The ruleset is deep but not too complex, with quick action and lots of different shots to go for. Subtle wrinkles in the rules and design reward expert players, such as the outlane gates that can save a drained ball with a good nudge, or the ability to prolong multiball by spelling ORBS in order.

Centaur was only a modest success for Bally, selling around 3,700 tables, but there was enough demand that the company released Centaur II in 1985. Despite the name change, the game was the same, except for the cabinetnote  and some internal changes.

A digital version of Centaur is available on The Pinball Arcade.


The Centaur pinball demonstrates the following tropes:


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