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All in all, this is a fantastic game that I am thrilled to have in my collection. Unfortunately, it's fairly rare because it came out in 1984 – a time when the 2600 was being phased out in favor of the 5200, which was released in 1982. Still, running across 2600 games for cheap isn't an uncommon experience, and this is one you should look for the next time you come across a stack of games.
I liked the addition of the inch worm which, when hit, slows the on-screen action down for four seconds and, trust me, in a game this frenetic that makes a huge difference. Just like in the arcade version, you’re allowed to decide which score you would like to start out with, although be warned that the difficulty ramps up to match. My only complaint pertains to the blue levels, in which your cannon tends to get lost in a sea of non-contrasting colour. Otherwise, Millipede is big, dumb fun for the whole family.
Millipede is difficult, but fun enough to keep you reaching for that reset switch. The graphics are slightly improved over Centipede, with less flicker and better-looking spiders. Unfortunately, the animation of the spiders and other creepy-crawlies is surprisingly choppy, and it adversely affects the gameplay. In a fast action game such as this, you must be able to tell what's going on at all times. Still, for frantic arcade fun, Millipede is tough to beat.
Centipede und Millipede gehören für mich als Fan des Shoot'em Up-Genres einfach in jede Sammlung. Anfangs durch den Schwierigkeitsgrad frustriert, habe ich den Titel aber mittlerweile richtig lieb gewonnen. Heute überziehe ich nicht selten die mir selbst gesteckte Spieldauer und bin am Ende überrascht, wie lange mich dieser Titel an die Mattscheibe fesseln kann. Wenn auch der 2600 keine Arcade-Grafik darstellen kann, so sorgt Millipede dennoch für Spielhallen-Feeling im Zockerzimmer.
However, the game is just as addictive and just as fun as Centipede is. Nothing added to this game deters from the quality of the experience at all. That being said, there is no logical reason for anybody to own both games. Millipede is the better of the two, although not by much, so if you own Centipede, you should be fine with it. If you own neither, look for Millipede but be aware that Centipede is pretty much just as good. I am scoring Millipede lower only because it came out later when standards were higher.