Atari is bringing its iconic 1980s game called Centipede to Android-based mobile devices with an app called Centipede: Origins. The game had been refreshed for this century’s audience through alterations in the storyline and gameplay.
The new Centipede stars a friendly garden gnome who turns belligerent when creatures such as centipedes and other bugs attack his beloved plants. The goal is to protect the garden by means of the provided weapons and gadgets in an all-out war. In the original version, however, there was simply a weapon at the bottom of the screen that is used to target the advancing insects.
More important than the storyline, perhaps, is the fact that the graphics have been changed from the simple pixelated 2D shapes against a solid black background to HD images in vibrant colors. The sounds, naturally, have likewise been upgraded to suit the modern yet quirky feel of the bug-blasting game.
The game features four levels at present, including Bumpkinpatch Gardens, Bumpkinpatch Aerial, Tarpit Excavation, and Valley of Flowers. Atari offers gamers with three weapons that may be upgraded. Likewise, gadgets like the Fly Trap and the Time Warp are eligible for the same upgrade. Atari promises that it will add more weapons and gadgets in future updates. As in many other games, users have to collect coins that can be used for app purchases within the game itself such as weapons, gadgets, and levels.
The game looks perfect not only for those who are nostalgic about the Atari classic, but also for those who have a hankering for some insect-zapping. At the Google Play Store, Centipede: Origins has a price tag of $1. Unfortunately, the page does not specify the required version of Android for the app to function since it supposedly differs from one device to another.
Atari assures fans that this is only the first of several games that they will be bringing to Android devices, but didn’t hint at what other games are now in development. Atari is popular for other games such as Millipede, Missile Command, Asteroids, Tempest, among others.