GAME OF THE MONTH
touch: The Centipede here looks very menacing and that's a great way to
sell the game. Cover art rating: 8/10
Month it won:
Special note: Centipede was one of Atari's biggest hits in the arcades.
|Introduction and Story:|
|During the early 1980's Atari scored big when legendary programmer Ed Logg (also well known for creating the game Asteroids) made another popular game called Centipede. The game is a fast paced shooter where you hunt down killer bugs before they take you down. If you are looking to relive the arcade experience at home at see why the 5200 is one of the best versions around.|
|Controls and Game Play:|
in Centipede is really basic yet it works. In the game it's your goal
to help an elf to shoot down an invading Centipede before it has a chance
to reach at the bottom of the screen. It may sounds easy but the problem
is the Centipede will be guarded by tons of annoying (but shootable) Mushrooms
and it will still advance even if you shoot off parts of its body. If
you manage to shoot down all the pieces of it another Centipede will quickly
take its place. The other big obstacle you have to worry about in the
game is the ever aggressive spider and it is actually much tougher to
avoid the spider (especially on the 5200) then the game's star attraction.
All the action takes place on a single screen and are little hero can freely move across 1/3 of the bottom area so you have a bit more freedom then other shooters like Space Invaders or Mega Mania where you can only move left or right. The game plays well on the standard 5200 controller (which is good because usually they suck) but it should also be noted the game is compatible with the cool Atari 5200 Track Ball Controller too so it plays even more like the arcade original. Believe me, you're going to need great controls for this tough game!
|Graphics and Sounds:|
I guess I can't just step on them, eh?
|Not only are the controls very accurate but the game even looks just like the arcade game. Your hero is not a mere block like in the 2600 edition and everything from the Centipede to the Mushrooms have a fair bit of detail. This shooter looks so good that the graphics are even better than the Letterbox 7800 version if you ask me. The boring black from the arcades is still here so it isn't all good but it's OK for the 5200 at least. The game also has the that constant marching beat and various other arcade sounds effects just like in the arcades. The problem is the arcade game was never that great looking or sounding to begin with. For example: the boring black background and lack of any real game music are still very apparent.|
|Although the game is not too graphically impressive overall anymore and the action can get very repetitive as well, if you love the action packed arcade original this edition is has close as you can get especially with the Track Ball controller. If you have the 5200 be sure to check out the simple but fun and challenging Centipede.|