About the Game
History
How to Play
Geneology
Imitations
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Original Release
Arcade

Other Releases
Apple II
Atari 2600
Atari 5200
Atari 7800
Atari 8-Bits
Atari ST
Commodore 64
Commodore VIC-20
ColecoVision
Game Boy
Intellivision
Sega Mega Drive / Genesis
Super Famicom / SNES
TI-99/4A

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Screenshot Galleries
Title
Level 1
Level 3
Flea
Scorpion
Extra Heads
Extra

Audio Clip Galleries
Extra Life
Centipede Screenshot Gallery
Apple II - Title

A custom font, or character set, is used to create and animate the centipede in the Apple II, Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64 versions of the game. This is a common trick on these systems, used when a game needs a lot of different moving objects. Changing the graphics is as simple as writing new "letters" and "words" to different parts of the screen.

A side effect of this trick is that it's not easy to get a screenshot of a complete centipede!
Click a thumbnail to view the full size image.