Review: Centipede (Atari 7800)

By Drew Wilson

In this review, we shoot our way through another port of Centipede – this time on the Atari 7800. Does a bigger number in the system name mean a better version of this game? We find out.

Earlier, we reviewed the Atari 2600 version of this game. Now, we are reviewing the Atari 7800 version which was released in 1987.

The gameplay, in general, is pretty much the same thing as the Atari 2600 version. Really, the only difference is that the graphics are improved. We can now see that the obstacles are actually mushrooms. The sound effects are also improved, though still simplified to accommodate hardware limitations.

While the graphics and sound effects have been improved over it’s previous version, it still pails in comparison to games also released at around this time. Examples include the earliest NES games such as Super Mario Bros and , both of which were released earlier than this game. Still, the addictive gameplay is there and there is some enjoyment to be had here.

If you want to give this series a try, I would recommend giving this version a try over the Atari 2600 version. If you want a good rundown of what this game is like otherwise, you can check out our review from the Atari 2600 version here.


Furthest point in game: Squashes 7 centipedes before dying.

General gameplay: 18/25
Replay value: 8/10
Graphics: 5/10
Audio: 2/5

Overall rating: 66%

Drew Wilson on Twitter: @icecube85

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