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Spectipede

Spectipede ZX Spectrum The game loads to this screen

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Description

Spectipede is a one or two player game based on the classic Centipede and is one of many similar Centipede clones. The object of the game is to play for as long as possible to achieve a high score.

The gameplay stays very close to the original tried and tested formula. The Spectipede lives in a forest that the player is entering. It starts out at the top of the screen and works its way down, changing direction whenever it encounters an obstacle such as a tree, mushroom or the edge of the screen. The player is at the bottom of the screen and must shoot the Spectipede before it reaches the bottom of the screen and they are devoured. Whenever the Spectipede is shot it will break into two pieces which will move independently.

In addition to the Spectipede itself, flees will jump from the beast and descend towards the player. These require two shots to kill them and they speed up when first hit. As the fleas descend they drop mushrooms onto the screen. Also roaming across the screen are scorpions. These poison the mushrooms and ant Spectipede hitting a poisoned mushroom will immediately drop to the bottom of the screen towards the player. The player must also watch out for a spider which makes random appearances and tries to attack the player.

Points are scored for each Spectipede segment, flea, scorpion & spider killed with a bonus awarded when an entire screen is cleared. The player starts with three lives and an extra life is awarded for every 20,000 points scored.

Screenshots

Spectipede ZX Spectrum Here a Spectipede has hit a poisoned mushroom, turned red, fallen down the screen, and is working its way along the bottom towards me.
Spectipede Commodore 64 Title screen.
Spectipede ZX Spectrum .. 1 or 2 players
Spectipede ZX Spectrum After which come the credits. These stay on screen for a long time because a series of Spectipedes has to work their way down the screen and the player can only progress once they have gone.

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According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #20 best selling game (178.115 copies).
Contributed to by piltdown_man (63026), FatherJack (19303) and Kabushi (116364)