Centipede (Atari 2600) is a vertically oriented fixed shooter arcade game produced by Atari, Inc. The player is represented by a small, “somewhat humanoid head” at the bottom of the screen. Play Centipede online now!
Centipede (Atari 2600) retro game description
In Centipede, the player is trapped in the Enchanted Forest. Armed with only a magic wand to ward off the forest’s insect denizens, all of which apparently are attacking in the player in continuous waves.
The player must use the magic wand to shoot sparks at approaching insects to score points by pressing the controller button. Holding down the controller button will set the wand to rapid fire shots. If the player is bitten by an insect, the player will be temporarily paralyzed and lose one of the three starting magic wands.
All enemy insects have a distinctive sound before attacking, which may help the player identify which insect is attacking.
The game offers four difficulty levels: Novice, Standard, Advanced, and Expert.
The player will win a bonus magic wand for every 12,000 points to a maximum of six wands. The game will end when all wands are lost.
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