Arcade Classic No. 2: Centipede / Millipede
From the arcade that time forgot, these two classic shooters have been replicated accurately on the Super Game Boy. Centipede precedes Millipede and is the more basic of the two, while the sequel adds more crawling critters and extras like DDT bombs.
Amid a field of mushrooms, you must maneuver your spaceship and blast many rapidly descending bugs. Bragging rights go to those who survive the most levels of endless attacks.
Graphically, these games fare well by Game Boy standards, though Centipede resembles the Atari 2600 version more than the arcade game. Super Game Boy colors don't add much except cool borders designed to look like the original arcade machines.
Like the graphics, the sound captures much of the flavor of the original games. Although some effects (like the blasting sound in Centipede) could have been cleaner, the majority of the sounds will wash over you in a wave of nostalgia.
The game's very basic controls make navigating your ship and firing pretty easy to accomplish. The overall game-play, however, feels slower than the original versions.
While they're not much to look at compared to newer titles, fans of these classics will appreciate being able to play both games with the same cart. These are still two of the finest mindless games on memory lane.
- To quickly destroy centipedes, rapidly shoot them as they appear at the edge.
- Moving easily throughout the lower part of the screen is key to survival. Shoot any mushrooms that appear within your range of motion.
- Shoot the DDT as the Millipede nears It, and you have a good chance of destroying most of him.