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Millipede by Atari, Inc. on the Atari 2600

Millipede was released for the Atari 2600 and Atari 8-bit family in 1984, with an Atari ST port following in 1986

General Information

Developer - Atari, Inc.

Publisher - Atari, Inc.

Release - March 1984

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - Single-player, 2 players alternating

Genre - Fixed shooter


The player no longer takes the role of the "Bug Blaster" from Centipede, but instead takes the role of an elf called the "Archer". The object of the game is to destroy a millipede that advances downward from the top of the screen. The millipede travels horizontally until it either hits an obstacle or reaches the edge of the screen, after which it drops one row and reverses direction. Once it enters the player's gray maneuvering area, it stays there and extra heads appear at intervals until both they and the millipede are destroyed. Shooting a body segment splits the millipede in two, with the rear portion sprouting its own head. A collision with any enemy costs the player one life.


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