Millipede (game)

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Millipede
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Developer: Atari Games
Publisher: Atari Games
Game designer: Ed Logg
Release date: 1982
Genre: Scrolling shooter
Game modes: Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet: Standard
Controls: Trackball; 1 button
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Orientation: Vertical
Type: Raster, standard resolution
Size: 19 inch
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Sequel to the hugely popular Centipede

Millipede is a 1982 arcade game by Atari.

The player controls an archer at the bottom of the screen. The player's objective is to destroy the creatures that come down off the top of the screen. One of these, the millipede, can be shot only one segment at a time. Because the mushrooms block the millipede, players can shoot the mushrooms to redirect the millipede. The game is in color and the controls consist of a trackball and a "fire" button.

Millipede is the successor to the arcade hit, Centipede.

In contrast with Centipede, the field of mushrooms moves up and down. This prevents a common tactic in Centipede, where the player arranges the mushrooms to direct the centipede in a specific path.

Enemies

There are all the enemies present in Centipede, and several new ones. There is an inchworm, which slows down all enemies temporarily when shot. There is a beetle, which turns mushrooms into indestructible flowers and moves the entire mushroom field down one row if hit (this also happens when a stage is cleared). The dragonfly is like the flea (which in this game is replaced by a bee), but it moves from side-to-side down the screen as it adds mushrooms. Multiple spiders, which remove mushrooms as in the original game, can be present simultaneously. There are also DDT bombs which take out an area. Other enemies include the earwig which replaces the scorpion, and the mosquito which moves diagonally, and changes direction when it hits a side of the screen, and moves the mushroom field up one row if hit.

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