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Centipede (Intellivision)

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Advertising Blurbs

Windows phone App Store description:
    Hone your bug-zapping skills anytime, anywhere with Centipede on your Windows Phone 7. The classic Atari arcade game (and all the mushrooms that come with it) now fits in the palm of your hand. Defend your garden from centipedes, spiders, fleas, and scorpions! Can you earn the "Exterminator" Achievement?

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (15388) on Aug 21, 2014.

Back of Box - 5200 (US):
    Venture into an enchanted forest filled with magic mushrooms that is ruled by a giant centipede along with poisonous spiders, scorpions and fleas. You go to battle against these evil creatures armed with three magic wands. If they reach you before you zap them, they'll snatch your wand away. But don't be faint-hearted, stand and fight!

    6 GAME VARIATIONS

    SPECIAL FEATURES
    • EXTRA LIVES
    • VARYING SPEEDS
    • CHILDREN'S VERSION

    ONE OR TWO PLAYERS

    Use your 5200™ controllers with this ATARI® game cartridge. Enclosed are two keypad overlays for your controllers. See your game instructions for details.

    TRAK-BALL™ COMPATIBLE

    Bring arcade action into your home! Play CENTIPEDE with ATARI's new TRAK-BALL™ option. (Available for purchase in 1983.)

    This cartridge can only be used with the ATARI® 5200™ system.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4617) on Jun 26, 2007.

Back of Box - 2600 (Europe):

    ENGLISH

    Look out! Here comes the Centipede and his bodyguard bugs. Stand your ground and zap these pests with your magic wand as they try to chase you from the Enchanted Mushroom Patch. For one player.

    FRANÇAIS

    Attention! Voici arriver la mille-pattes et les insectes qui lui servent de gardes du cops! Tenez bon et, à l'aide de votre baguette magique, anéantissez ces nuisibles créatures, avant qu'elles ne vous chassent du Carré aux Champignons Enchanté. Pour un joueur.

    DEUTSCH

    Aufpassen! Hier kommt der Hunderffüßer mit seinen Leibwachen-Insekten! Sie dürfen nicht weichen. Verscheuchen Sie diese Kreaturen mit Ihrem Zauberstab, wenn sie versuchen, Sie aus dem verzauberten Pilzgarten zu verjagen. Für einen Spieler.

    ITALIANO

    Fai attenzione! eccho che arriva il Millepiedi con gli insetti che gli fanno da guardia del corpo! Mantieni il tuo territorio e ammazza tutti questi insetti con la tua bacchetta magica mentre cercano di cacciarti fuori dal Campo di Funghi Incantato. Per un solo giocatore.

    (Chinese)

    ESPANOL

    ¡Cuidado! ¡Ahì viene el Ciempiés y sus insectos guardaespaldas! Manténgase firme y extermine estos bichos con su varilla mágica cuando intenten expulsarie a usted de su Jardin Encantado de Hongos. Para un solo jugador.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4617) on Jun 14, 2007.

Back of Box - 2600 (US):
    Watch out! Here comes the slithering Centipede, the poisonous scorpion, a mischievous spider, and pesky flea! Aim your magic wand and shoot sparks to stop these pests in their tracks.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4617) on Jun 14, 2007.

Description from manual (Atari 5200):
    One glorious spring day you hike into a dense forest that you've never before explored. As you push deeper into the woods, the trees close up behind you and the forest grows increasingly dark and ominous. You get a creepy feeling and decide to go back. A chill plays up and down your spine when you turn and realize you're lost. You collapse onto a flat rock beneath an enormous spreading tree and try to regain your sense of direction. A grey squirrel chatters at you.

    "How do I get out of here?" you sigh out loud. To your amazement, the squirrel speaks!

    "Help us and we'll show you the way home," promises the squirrel.

    "What?"

    "This is an enchanted forest," explains the squirrel. "We peace-loving animals must suffer the hostile attacks of an evil centipede, a deadly spider, a venomous flea, and a poisonous scorpion. We've waited a long time for a heroic human to enter our realm and release us from the centipede's cruel dominion. Will you help?"

    "I guess so. But how?"

    The forest rustles as dozens of small animals rally around you. Rabbits, birds, deer, raccoons, muskrats, butterflies--and more creatures than you can name--appear. A bird flies over, releasing three white feathers.

    "Catch those," the squirrel instructs.

    As you catch the feathers, they transform into three glowing wands. "Now you can go to battle for us," says the squirrel. "With those magic wands, you can shoot sparks at the centipede. When any section of the centipede is hit, it turns into a powerless mushroom. You can also stun the spider, flea, and scorpion with sparks, and they will disappear for a short time. But, if one of them bites you before you spark it, you lose consciousness and your magic wand is snatched away."

    Suddenly, you hear a leaf-shaking shriek and the animals scurry about in a frenzy of terror.

    "Look out!" cries the squirrel, "Here comes the centipede!"

    Contributed by RKL (5613) on Dec 26, 2003.

Description from manual (Atari 2600):
    The Enchanted Forest
    Once upon a time in a misty, enchanted forest, there lived a colony of good elves. These elves had a major problem, though. There prized mushroom garden was infested with pests - a giant Centipede, a poison-spreading scorpion, a mischief-making spider, and a pesky flea. The good elves tried everything they could to rid their garden of these bugs. But nothing worked.

    One day, an elf named Oliver was hacking away at a poisoned mushroom in the garden. Suddenly, he saw an unusual stick gleaming in the dirt. Just as Oliver picked up the stick, a spider jumped out from behind a mushroom and rushed at him. When Oliver waved his hands wildly to try to scare the spider away, sparks flew from his stick and the spider disappeared! "How did that happen?" Oliver wondered out load. "Could this be a magic wand?"

    Soon Oliver had another chance to try the wand. When the scorpion scurried across a row of mushroom, poisoning every mushroom it touched, Oliver pointed the wand at the scorpion and shouted, "Be gone!"

    Instantly, the scorpion disappeared and the poisoned mushrooms were transformed back into normal mushrooms. "This is great! This is the tool we need to clean up our mushroom garden!" Oliver shouted ecstatically.

    With his new found magic wand, Oliver hid behind a mushroom.

    "OK, you great big Centipede," he said. "Come out where ever you are. I'm ready for you now!"

    Contributed by RKL (5613) on Dec 26, 2003.

Description from manual (Atari 7800):
    ZAP THAT PEST!

    You’re trapped in the perilous Enchanted Forest. Dark, dangerous mushrooms push up through the squishy forest floor, snaring you on every side. Threatening thumps and evil buzzings fill the air. Something slimy flashes through the mushrooms, moving in on you. Suddenly, glaring eyes and quivering antennae Jump out right at you! It’s the Centipede and it’s attacking!

    You grab a stick and Jab It at the evil eyes. To your surprise, sparks blast from the magic stick, turning the Centipede’s head into a mushroom. But Instantly, another head grows back! You Jab and Jab again, destroying the Centipede before its diminishing body can grow new heads! But worse perils lurk in the forest-other, fiercer Centipedes, deadly Spiders, venomous fleas, poisonous Scorpions. You pick up two more sticks. With these magic wands, you might stay alive!

    Contributed by RKL (5613) on Dec 26, 2003.

Atari 5200 Super System Catalog 1983:
    Danger lurks behind every mushroom! Watch out for the pesky spider, stinging scorpion and mushroom-laying fleas as you zap the colorful centipede heading your way.

    Contributed by RKL (5613) on Dec 17, 2003.

Description from Intellivision catalog:
    An insidious invasion of multiplying insects (Centipedes, Jumping Spiders, Poisonous Scorpions, and Frenzied Fleas) pose different perils to the mushroom patch. Get out your Bug Blaster and save that Fungus!

    Contributed by RKL (5613) on Sep 18, 2003.

Back of Cover - ColecoVision:
    GET OUT YOUR BUG BLASTER AND SAVE THAT FUNGUS!

    THE THRILL OF THE ARCADE GAME


    An insidious invasion of multiplying insects (centipedes, jumping spiders, poisonous scorpions, and frenzied fleas) pose different perils to the mushroom patch. You must repeatedly blast enraged creepers and stubborn obstacles or lose your enchanted fungus. Remember to listen for the distinctive sounds of the attacking bugs; and watch out for blasted centipede segments, for each one grows a new head!

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    Contributed by Corn Popper (69753) on Aug 19, 2003.

Back Cover:
    GET OUT YOUR BUG BLASTER AND SAVE THAT FUNGUS!

    THE THRILL OF THE ARCADE GAME


    An insidious invasion of multiplying insects (centipedes, jumping spiders, poisonous scorpions, and frenzied fleas) pose different perils to the mushroom patch. You must repeatedly blast enraged creepers and stubborn obstacles or lose your enchanted fungus. Remember to listen for the distinctive sounds of the attacking bugs; and watch out for blasted centipede segments, for each one grows a new head!

    Contributed by Trixter (8734) on May 26, 1999.