Centipede

Centipede revival announced for 3DS, Wii

Centipede revival announced for 3DS, Wii

Atari arcade classic returns.

Centipede is the latest Atari arcade classic to hit the comeback trail, with the publisher today announcing an impending 3DS and Wii reboot.

Due for release in the Autumn, Centipede Infestation is a top-down shoot 'em up developed by Wayforward Technologies the same team behind acclaimed Wii platformer A Boy & His Blob and Contra 4 on the DS.

According to USA Today, the game will be set in a mutant-infested, post-apocalyptic wasteland. You'll play as a young lad named Max who's tasked with shepherding a girl called Maisy around who boasts the power to restore life to the barren environment.

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Centipede

Centipede

Poppin' magic mushrooms with insects under your skin.

Space Invaders made such a significant impact on the videogame world that for a long time after its release, the only reasonable way forward for game designers was to create weird and wonderful variations on the theme. Centipede is a prime example of how the concept could be modified to produce unique and popular titles that still fed the voracious public hunger for single screen shoot-'em-ups.

Playing Centipede is relatively easy - after all, shooting everything that moves takes little in the way of strategic imagination. But explaining the rules, purpose and gameplay is another matter entirely. Although it doesn't detract from the high speed, exciting, hyper-twitch gameplay, no matter how many virtual coins I pour into Centipede I still can't quite fathom what the hell I'm actually supposed to be doing.

My ship thing (unverified sources tell me it's a "gnome") has a limited range of free movement around the bottom quarter of the play area. This play area (I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's a garden) is rife with mushrooms which react in a similar way to the bases in Space Invaders. Enter the game's namesake, which snakes its way down the screen to assail our misshapen gnome. As it hits a mushroom, it about turns and increases it's decent all the more rapidly.

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