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Centaur, 1981

Features: Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (2), 4-bank drop targets (2), 4-in-line drop targets, 5-ball multiball. Ball hitting recessed red target in upper right corner of playfield is held there momentarily by a magnet under the playfield. Has speech, with operator-optionable reverberation. This game has the standard ball-in-play tilt or can be operator-optioned to have two tilts per game. This means if a player activates the tilt mechanism a first time, the word "Warning" lights up on the silk-screened backglass and remains lit while the game continues for that player without penalty. However, if this player tilts a second time, even on subsequent balls in play, the game ends. In Game Over mode, pressing either flipper button causes the playfield lights to highlight each major scoring feature, one at a time, while the speech card identifies that feature by name. An Attract Mode operator option causes all five balls to automatically shoot onto the playfield every 15 minutes to interact with the pop bumpers and slingshots until they drain. A similar option appeared on Mirco Games, Inc.'s 1975 'Spirit of 76'.
Manufacturer: Bally Manufacturing Corporation (1931-1983) [Trade Name: Bally]
Date of Manufacture: October, 1981
Players: October, 1981 / 4
Year: 1981
Production: 3,700 units   (confirmed)
MPU: Bally MPU AS-2518-35
Model Number: 1239
Theme: Fantasy - Motorcycles
Design by: Jim Patla
Art by: Paul Faris
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Machine Type: Solid State Electronic (SS) 
Notes: Unlike other Bally electronic pinball games, their documentation for this game shows the model number only as 1239, not 1239-E. Designer Jim Patla said that 'Centaur' was inspired by the classic Bally's 1956 'Balls-A-Poppin'. Uses a "Say it Again" reverb card in addition to the "Squawk and Talk" speech card.
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