Released in 1981 by Atari, Centipede was a vertically oriented Shoot ‘Em Up arcade game – it was designed by Ed Logg along with Dona Bailey (one of the few female game programmers in the industry at the time. Centipede was also one of the first arcade coin-operated games to have a significant female player base (after Pac-Man).
The object of Centipede was to defend against centipedes (naturally), spiders, scorpions and fleas, completing a round after exterminating the centipede that winds down the playing field.
Following Centipede in 1982 was Millipede, a somewhat less successful arcade game – 1992 saw Atari develop a prototype arcade game called Arcade Classics for their 12th anniversary, which included Missile Command 2 and Super Centipede with a co-op 2 player mode.
Centipede, like many other Atari arcade games, was ported to Atari’s own systems such as the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari 800 and the Atari Flashback 3 which you can buy below!