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Centipede (Windows)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
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 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall MobyScore (9 votes) 3.2

The Press Says

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Skip the Arcade game, unless you’re just buying it for the nostalgia, and go straight for the Adventure game. It’s very fast-paced and utterly addictive. The look and feel is very much like some of the newer console games out there (Mario 64, etc) and as a result, you may want to use a gamepad for your controller rather than a mouse. This new version has all the elements that made so many of the original arcade games so popular: simple, mindless, blast-the-bugs, save-the-cute-critters fun. Highly recommended for maturing Gen-Xers looking to recapture their youth, and younger kids raised on Nintendos and overly violent combat games who never had the original arcade experience.
Computer Games Magazine
While not for everyone, those wanting simple, classic entertainment done up in 3D accelerated clothing, this is it. Overly hard and incredibly fun, Centipede may end up becoming a classic all over again.
Game Over Online
In the end, Centipede is just as much a work of art as it is a game. It is well designed and well implemented and it stays true to the feel of the original game. If you've got a 3DFX card, this is a must-get. If you are stuck with D3D, it's still rock solid gameplay wise, so you really can't go wrong. Hasbro, put this team to work on another classic - they've got the touch of Midas.
This game was a blast. Anyone who liked the original Centipede in any way will love this new, updated version. Atari really outdid themselves with their awesome graphics and sounds. The Arcade and Adventure options of play were really cool and refreshing, while the 3 different views in the Adventure mode were really fun. This game is a lot of fun, and I recommend it to every type of gamer out there who appreciates something simple but fun.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
This is my kind of game. It is beautiful, fast-moving, and a true arcade action experience. Centipede drastically exceeded my expectations in every aspect of its design and execution, and I can guarantee you that I will be playing it for many months to come. If all the games that have been dredged up from the 1980s had this kind of resuscitation, then the recent trend to bring back the golden oldies would make perfect sense. Unfortunately, I have yet to see a re-creation of a game from the last decade that is anywhere near as successful as this one in capturing the essence of the original while shooting the gameplay forward in amazing new directions. Centipede is thus a marvelous exception to the generally lackluster nature of these 1980s game revivals, and I sincerely hope that its commitment to both quality and innovation somehow manages to worm its way into other attempts to bring back the classics.
Game Revolution
That aside, this is probably the best product of the recent retro gaming craze (Activision's BattleZone notwithstanding, it's nothing like the original). It manages to get everything that was right about the original and communicate that old classic flavor to the new audiences of the '90s. But then, it really is only an extension of an incredibly simple premise, so many gamers will find it tedious and dull. For the rest of us who don't mind thin manuals, load up this puppy dog and prepare to experience your childhood/teen years all over again, with extra lip-gloss and none of the bushy hairstyles.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
While CENTIPEDE’s Arcade mode will likely cause you to turn off the computer in frustration and head to a real arcade, quarters in hand, the Adventure mode is worth a look. Its fast, original, challenging play, and is a worthy tribute to the arcade classic.
Pro: Hoher Suchtfaktor, erweitertes Gameplay, Plattform-Intermezzi und zeitkritische Missionen.
Contra. Für manchen Geschmack vielleicht etwas zu hektisch, hoher Schwierigkeitsgrad.
Fazit: Ein liebevolles Zitat des Originals, das die Faszination des greisen Automaten in unsere Zeit herüberrettet. Anfangs steigt der Sucht-, später der Frustpegel.
Power Play
Das grundsätzliche Problem bei der Neuauflage von Spielprinzipien, die bald 20 Jahre auf dem Buckel haben, ist, daß sich heutzutage meist nur noch Freaks dafür erwärmen können. die ihre Kindheit in der Spielhalle verbracht haben. Auch Centipede ist so ein Fall. Der Automat war wegen der spartanischen Hardware wenig abwechslungsreich, aber anno seinerzeit dennoch ein Münzgrab von hohem Suchtpotential. Heutzutage kräht jedoch kein Hahn mehr danach. Hasbro gelingt es zwar, die Thematik durch den Adventure-Modus aufzupeppen und mehr zu bieten als den selben alten Hut in 3D, für die Endneunziger genügt das aber leider nicht ganz. Übrig bleibt zum Schluß nämlich doch nur ein Ballerspiel ohne große Überraschungen und ohne die gewisse Spannung, die nötig wäre, sich länger als einen verregneten Nachmittag lang mit dem Titel zu beschäftigen. Hinzu kommt die unglücklich aufgemotzte, klassische Version. Für den Fan wäre die originale Automatenansicht sicher schöner gewesen.
GameStar (Germany)
Die Kombination »Kein einstellbarer Schwierigkeitsgrad, keine Speicher-Möglichkeit mittendrin« geht mir in Verbindung mit der hibbeligen Hektik dezent an die Nerven. Ab fünf Gegnern zugleich hört der Spaß auf. Leidensbereite Centipede-Kenner, bei denen die Reflexe auch im hohen Alter noch frisch sind, werden diese Neuauflage trotzdem zu schätzen wissen. Sie mischt geschickt Spieldesign-Grundlagen des alten Automaten mit 3D-Freiheiten und liebevollen Erweiterungen.
PC Player (Germany)
Centipede gehört zu den Titeln, bei denen sich schon nach wenigen Sekunden das Spielprinzip herauskristallisiert - ballern, was das Zeug hält. Nicht mehr und nicht weniger. Oder doch? Genau, das Ausweichen vor den Gegnerhorden wurde beinahe vergessen. Ein Lichtblick ist der Kooperativ-Modus bei geteilter Bildschirmfläche oder der Netzwerkmodus, bei dem man mit willigen Freunden in den Kampf gegen das Böse zieht. Vergessen wir einmal gängige Schlagworte wie "wochenlange Motivation, hochintelligente Gegner und noch nie gesehene Spezialeffekte", so entsteht ein kurzweiliger aber dennoch eher kurzlebiger Spielspaß. Unter dem Strich eignet sich Centipede damit am ehesten noch für Nostalgiker mit einem Faible für niedliche 3D-Ansichten.
Cincinnati Enquirer
It’s billed as a first-person adventure, but you’ll soon discover the game can’t be played from this view. Attacks occasionally come from behind or overhead, making it impossible to defend when looking straight ahead. Fortunately, an over-the-shoulder view is made available. Without it, the game would be a complete wash. If you’re in desperate need of a Centipede fix, I suggest you grab a handful of quarters, find an old pizza parlor that’s hanging on to the meager revenue generated by the ’80s stand-up version and waste a couple of hours reliving the past. Just do so before playing the 1998 game. One taste of this one and you may never want to see Centipede again.