Centipede is a 1980 game developed and published by Atari. Dona Bailey and Ed Logg designed it. It was one of the most commercially successful games at that time.
Centipedes have taken over the Earth. Or rather, under the Earth. Minding their own business, they burrow underground in search of food. You play exterminator. On a job to eradicate spiders underground, you encounter deadly insects with hundreds of legs. Frightened and confused, you take it upon yourself to destroy them all. You might make that up, but the graphics didn’t give me much of a choice.
Centipede is a very simplistic game. The game’s primary objective is you have to destroy a long centipede before it touches the ground. If you think about it, this game is very similar to Space Invaders, just presented differently. The centipede will start at the top of the screen and wind itself down towards the bottom. To stop the centipede from touching the ground, you control a wand at the bottom of the screen. You manage to shoot at the centipede. Depending on what level you are on, the centipede will move at different speeds.
There are also some things in this game that aren’t enemies but will hurt your game if you don’t take care of them. In the arcade version of Centipede, these were mushrooms, but they are squares in this game. If a centipede touches a court, it will drop down a level and continue its journey towards the bottom. But of course, you can kill these squares with a few shots from your wand.