Pleiads was released in April 1981.
Pleiads was a partnership game between Tehkan and Centuri. Centuri tended to partner up with other companies such as SNK for "Vanguard
" or Amstar for "Phoenix
". Tehkan was a little known company who mostly produced sports type games. There most well known game is "Bomb Jack
". Unfortunately, the video game crash of the early 80's claimed both of these companies as victims; Centuri in 1983 and Tehkan in 1985. This was another game that one played on multiple playing fields. The scoring system was more unique in the fact it depended on things you did before you killed an enemy. Pleiads was a loosely based sequel to "Phoenix
", which was released in 1980.
The cabinet artworks spell the name as 'Pleiades' but the game has it spelled 'Pleiads'. The name itself is from Greek mythology, of which there are several different spellings (Pleiads, Pleiades, Peleiades).
Patrick Orr holds the official record for this game with 1,164,900 points.
A Pleiads unit appears in the 1982 movie 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'.
Pleiads also shows up in 'Chapter Two - The Bishop of Battle', the 2nd story in the 1983 movie Nightmares, featuring Emelio Estevez and Moon Unit Zappa. However, they use game sounds from other games ("Dig Dug
", among others) during the game footage.