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Centipede
5 plays
Date added: 2019-04-24
Description: The player's fighter is represented by a small, "somewhat humanoid head"[2] at the bottom of the screen, later depicted as a caped, elf-like character on the Atari 2600, Atari 5200 and Atari 7800 cartridge graphics (though described as being a garden gnome in the trivia section of the cell phone interpretation). The player moves the fighter around the bottom area of the screen with a trackball and fires laser shots at a segmented centipede advancing from the top of the screen down through a field of mushrooms. Shooting any segment of the centipede creates a mushroom; shooting one of the middle segments splits the centipede into two pieces at that point. Each piece then continues independently on its way down the screen, with the rear piece growing its own head. If the head is destroyed, the segment behind it becomes the next head. The centipede starts at the top of the screen, traveling either left or right. When it touches a mushroom or reached the edge of the screen, it descends one level and reverses direction. Thus, more mushrooms on the screen cause the centipede to descend more rapidly. The player can destroy mushrooms by shooting them, but each takes four shots to destroy. Each level has an increasing number of mushrooms, often with higher levels have the upper half of the screen covered entirely in mushrooms, causing the centipede to instantly descend toward the player area. Arcade machine Once the centipede reaches the bottom of the screen, it moves back and forth within the player area and one-segment "head" centipedes will periodically appear from the side. This continues until the player has eliminated both the original centipede and all heads. When all the centipede's segments are destroyed, a new centipede forms at the top of the screen and several mushrooms are added. Every time a centipede is eliminated, however, the next one is one segment shorter and is accompanied by one additional, fast-moving "head" centipede. The player also encounter other creatures besides the centipedes. Fleas drop vertically and disappear upon touching the bottom of the screen, occasionally leaving a trail of mushrooms in their path; they appear when only a few mushrooms are in the player movement area, though they are less likely to appear on higher levels. Spiders move across the player area in a zig-zag pattern and eat some of the mushrooms. Scorpions move horizontally across the screen, turning every mushroom they touch into poisonous mushrooms. A centipede touching a poisonous mushroom will change color and hurtle straight down toward the player area, then returns to normal behavior upon reaching it. The fighter will be destroyed when hit by any enemy, after which any poisonous or partially destroyed mushrooms revert to normal. Points are awarded for each regenerated mushroom.
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