Centipede is controlled by using the mouse and the keyboard. Move the mouse to control your ship. Press the spacebar to shoot.
Centipede is a game that I have fond memories of. Although I was not even born when the game was first released, I spent numerous quarters on this arcade game at the local bowling alley. With this Flash port, you can relive the excitement for free in the comfort of your own home or office!
Centipede is a vertical shooting game created by Atari. It was released in arcades in 1980. It spawned numerous console ports as well as sequels, including the modern-day Centipede: Infestation, released in 2011 for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. This Flash version of the classic game emulates the original.
The objective of Centipede is to kill the centipede that steadily advances towards the bottom of the screen. Shooting a segment in the middle of the centipede will cause it to split into two centipedes. This new centipede can also be split in two and so on. When all segments of the centipede have been destroyed, you will advance to the next level. If you touch a centipede segment, or one of the enemies that periodically appears such as spiders, you will lose one life. When all lives are lost, the game is over.
The control scheme that the developers chose for this Flash version harkens back to the original arcade game. Instead of using an all-keyboard set of controls, you must control your ship by moving the mouse and shoot by using the spacebar. This is similar to the control scheme of the arcade game; Centipede cabinets used a trackball to control movement and a button to shoot.
Centipede also does an excellent job of recreating the graphics and sounds of the original arcade game. Everything looks and sounds as it should. The only downside to this Flash version of the arcade game is that the gameplay area is very tiny. Had the developers of this Flash game decided to make the screen larger, it would have been a perfect recreation of Centipede.
This Flash version of Centipede is the perfect way to relive the nostalgia of playing the arcade game. If you want a taste of classic arcade game history, then be sure to check out Centipede!