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Centipede is an arcade game released in 1981 by Atari, Inc. It was designed by Don Daglow and Ed Logg. The game is a simple shooter similar to Space Invaders, in which the player uses a trackball to control a cannon and shoot at a centipede-like creature, which moves down the screen, eating mushrooms and leaving mushrooms behind. .
The game was commercially successful, and its popularity led to the creation of numerous ports, sequels, and spin-offs. In the 80s, Centipede was ported to the following systems Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, and Atari 400/800 Computers, Apple II, Commodore 64, ColecoVision, VIC-20, IBM PC, Intellivision, and TI-99/4A
In Centipede, the player uses a trackball to control a cannon at the bottom of the screen. The cannon can move left and right, and the player can fire a single shot at a time. The goal of the game is to shoot the centipede as it moves down the screen, avoiding the mushrooms it leaves behind. The centipede will split into two more centipedes, and these will repeat the process. If the centipede reach the bottom of the screen, the game will end.
The player can earn bonus points by shooting the mushrooms. If the player shoots a mushroom from the bottom, the mushroom will be destroyed and the player will earn points. If the player shoots a mushroom from the top, the mushroom will remain in place.