Atari Centipede

Atari Centipede is a classic fixed shooter arcade game. Shoot the bugs and dodge their attacks! Centipede was one of the most successful games from the golden age of arcade gaming in the early 80s. It was later ported to the Atari 2600 and further systems for gaming at home!

How to Play

Shoot the bugs to score points and destroy the centipede to move on to the next level. The centipede will move slowly down to the bottom of the screen and then stay there, moving in a continuous loop until you destroy it. Each time you shoot the centipede, it breaks up into smaller centipede segments. You can also destroy the mushrooms to create more space to move and a clearer line of fire. 

Like many of the early arcade classics, the bugs move in predictable patterns that you can exploit with quick timing. When you progress further this can get trickier as the game throws more bugs at you and they move faster!

More Atari Games

Atari made some of the most influential arcade games of the 1980s. If you liked Atari Centipede, check out other Atari arcade games like Breakout and Asteroids. Browse our arcade and classic sections for more retro games.

Release Date

February 2021 (HTML5)


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  • Use the WASD keys or arrows or move mouse to move
  • Press space bar or left mouse button to shoot