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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.1
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.3
Overall User Score (21 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Woodgrain Wonderland (Oct 25, 2016)
Based on possibly Atari’s finest moment as a coin-op manufacturer, 2600 Centipede captures all of the gameplay of the arcade original. You know you have a fine port when the graphics are so blocky and basic but no one seems to care. Centipede already handles nice and smoothly with a joystick but the even better news is Atari released a trakball peripheral, bringing players even closer to the arcade experience. Forget the graphics – Centipede for the Atari 2600 is virtually faultless.
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.
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.
The action is no less than frantically exciting. Although it doesn't compare to the arcade or 5200 versions, this Centipede adaptation is one of the best VCS games available.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Centipede is a classic shooter with a novel concept, but the graphics on the 2600 are below par. Once you decipher which blocky-blocks represent each game element, you'll notice this is a fun - albeit crappy looking - game. Nice quick arcade pace.
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.