As anticipated, Atari has released a revamped version of its 1980 arcade classic Centipede [App Store] for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Centipede stands along side Missile Command and Super Breakout as the third arcade classic the company has brought to the iPhone platform.

The Centipede is attacking and you must take it out before it destroys you at the bottom of the garden. Centipede for the iPhone is a true evolution of Atari's classic. Watch out for fleas, bees, spiders, scorpions, earwigs, ladybugs, mosquitoes, and inchworms. For the first time ever players have 9 new power ups, like an uber laser, bombs, rapid fire and more. These new power ups amp this classic arcade shooter to new intensity levels.

Centipede for the iPhone features three play modes: Ultra, Arcade, and Classic.  Ultra is Centipede with reworked graphics, various insect stages, and nine new powerups--it's "the works."  Arcade mode features the same reworked graphics as the Ultra mode, but with the arcade classic's more simplisic gameplay.  And, finally, Classic mode sports arcade original graphics and gameplay for the true retro gaming fans out there.

The onscreen turret is controlled by touching a corresponding thumb icon below the playfield.  The touch controls work great--in fact, they offer more precise control than does the trackball of the arcade machine.  Firing is constant and automatic in Easy mode.  In Normal and Hard modes, the red buttons at the top control firing.

As anyone who's played the original can attest, Centipede is quality arcade action.  If that's what you're looking for, then don't let this one pass you by--the iPhone translation is superb.  The gameplay is frantic, the updated graphics are great, and the spacial stereo sound adds a level to the gameplay.

Centipede.  It's Atari's best iPhone remake yet and $4.99 well spent [App Store].

Game Details
Name: Centipede (v1.0) Price: $4.99 [Buy]
Developer: Atari Size: 10.4 MB
Centipede is a revamped, touchscreen version of the arcade classic.  The iPhone translation is excellent and a "Classic" mode is included for the true retro nuts.  Centipede is some of the best shooter action to be found on the iPhone (or anywhere).

TouchArcade Rating

  • applesauce25r624

    i <3 atari games

    i'm scheming on this app bigtime

  • applesauce25r624

    i <3 atari games

    i'm scheming on this app bigtime

  • Eric5h5

    "Firing is constant and automatic"--only in easy mode. But why are you playing in easy mode? ;)

    • http://toucharcade.com/2008/12/07/atari-brings-arcade-classic-centipede-to-the-iphone/ Nate

      Where can i download this app, it's not
      in the app store anymore.

  • Eric5h5

    "Firing is constant and automatic"--only in easy mode. But why are you playing in easy mode? ;)

    • http://toucharcade.com/2008/12/07/atari-brings-arcade-classic-centipede-to-the-iphone/ Nate

      Where can i download this app, it's not
      in the app store anymore.

  • Carlos-Sz

    Someone reported in the forum that Easy is the only level that has auto-fire.

    For Normal and Hard you have to use one of the top buttons (well, that's why they are there).

  • Carlos-Sz

    Someone reported in the forum that Easy is the only level that has auto-fire.

    For Normal and Hard you have to use one of the top buttons (well, that's why they are there).

  • http://www.connection.ca networkman

    Great APP.
    It should be your next purchase on iphone.
    GET IT..

  • http://www.connection.ca networkman

    Great APP.
    It should be your next purchase on iphone.
    GET IT..

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Thanks folks. I was in easy mode for the video.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Thanks folks. I was in easy mode for the video.

  • menom

    Good news - auto fire is only in easy mode - so I will get this after-all

  • menom

    Good news - auto fire is only in easy mode - so I will get this after-all

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  • Sean

    Tried to buy it but got the message that it was not compatible with my iPhone. I have a first gen, anyone else get that error? :(

  • Sean

    Tried to buy it but got the message that it was not compatible with my iPhone. I have a first gen, anyone else get that error? :(

  • DreamPod

    Sean, do you have iPhone OS 2.2? iTunes says it requires that.

  • DreamPod

    Sean, do you have iPhone OS 2.2? iTunes says it requires that.

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