Centipede (Atari 2600)

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Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
User Score
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User Reviews

An Atari 2600 classic! Gustavo Henrique dos Santos (104) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.5
Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.7


Critic Reviews

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95
The Atari Times (Jun 13, 2003)
All in all, Centipede is a 2600 title which will make any fan of the arcade game smile. Since the cartridge is fairly easy to find, you can probably pick one up for next to nothing off of eBay, a decent vintage gaming store or your favorite flea market or garage sale.
91
The Video Game Critic (Apr 07, 2010)
All the elements of the arcade have been retained, including the diving fleas and poisonous scorpion (worth a cool 1000 pts, by the way). If you own a trak-ball controller, that adds a nice arcade flavor. There's only one skill level, but the difficulty ramps quickly, and you'll find yourself hitting reset again and again as you attempt to beat your high score. It's easy to scoff at its marginal graphics, but a few rounds Centipede for the 2600 will make you a believer.
83
Tilt (May, 1983)
Le graphisme n'est pas extraordinaire, malgré certains effets réussis mais le bruitages, parfaitement stressants, renforcent l'impression d'angoisse que le joueur ressent face à cette chenille diabolique. Succès d'arcade, Milipède en a fait frémir plus d'un. Gageons que l'adaptation d'Atari remportera un grand succès auprès des amateurs d'émotions fortes.
80
TeleMatch (Mar, 1983)
In den Spielhallen zählte Centipede zu den beliebtesten Videospielen; jetzt endlich taucht er auch zu Hause auf - und wird in dieser Form „Pac-Man“ als diesjähriges ATARI-Weltmeisterschaftsspiel ablösen. Ein wenig enttäuscht muß man angesichts der Grafik sein, wenn man mit der der Arcade-Spiele vergleicht Der Handlungsablauf jedoch ähnelt sehr dem Original.
75
neXGam (May 26, 2014)
Einzig und allein die etwas abgemagerte Technik könnte man Centipede als Kritikpunkt anlasten, was aber an der Hardware liegt. Ansonsten hat man dank eines fetzigen Spielablaufs ein interessantes Spiel, das sich für Highscorejagden anbietet. Aufgrund der Tatsache, dass man Centipede für Atari 2600 häufig auf Flohmärkten und Onlineauktionshäusern antrifft, kann man für kleines Geld einen spaßigen Videospielklassiker bekommen. Also zuschlagen!
75
Therefore, despite the limited, even by Atari 2600 standards, graphical quality of this game, the gameplay and addictiveness more than make up for that limitation. If you are a fan of the Atari 2600 and you do not have this game, I highly recommend you get it. Doing so would be a choice you would be very unlikely to regret.
60
Other than its replacement of mushrooms with rectangles (and the fact that your wand can pass right through mushrooms), Centipede is a reasonably good facsimile of the original, and it's an intense game that shooter fans will enjoy. The game gets fast and hard in a hurry and there are only two difficulty levels, Easy and Standard, making for a significant challenge, even for those who have mastered the coin-op game. Joystick control is somewhat sluggish, but trackball control smoothes things over. While it's not the best arcade conversion on the Atari 2600, this game will satisfy, at least to a degree.