Centipede: Origins Cheats And Tips
Atari's re-imagined classic bugging you? Check out our guide.
Last week we reviewed Atari's excellent Centipede:Origins. It's since eaten up a frightening amount of our weekend, and so we thought we'd put together a handy guide of tips and tricks to help you dominate the leaderboards.
A few little twists
Certain environments like water and swampland will have game-changing effects on the movement of the centipedes such as speeding them up or slowing them down. Try to avoid destroying any scenery which opens up a path to the more dangerous buffs they can receive.
If at all possible, always try to hit the centipedes in the head as hitting them midriff will just cause them to split into two separate bugs, doubling the agony.
The upgrades are fun enough but really only add a little flavor to the game. It's much more important to become good at the core gameplay before dipping into these, as they'll cause a distraction that can easily end your game.
Each level has a peculiarity about it which is worth drilling into your head until you can watch out for their unique perils without thinking! We've got the low-down on each of them.
This is the traditional gameplay that old-school connoisseurs will be the most familiar with. Don't waste too much time trying to clear a path through the different debris on the playing field. By the time you've reach the centipede, he'll have moved on long ago. Far better to be reactive and simply move with the flow of the enemies. If you're lagging behind, try to at least get some shots off at a different bug!
In this aerial face-off, it's much more important that you prioritize the flying bugs before you take on the marching centipedes. If they get into the lower half of the screen that you're trapped in, it's very likely you'll swipe straight into them sooner rather than later. At the end of each wave, make sure you kill the extra swarm of flying bugs as quickly as possible before the next invasion begins.
This is probably our least favorite map of the game. The tunnels here will drive you crazy as the centipedes duck in and out of cover, but the good news is that those tar-pits will slow them down and make your life easier. By all means take some pot-shots while the centipedes are ducking in and out of sight, but you want to be near those pits when they eventually take the speed de-buff.
Valley of Flowers
This is Bumpkinpatch Gardens dialed up to 11.There are more mushrooms blocking the way, the gameplay speed is much higher and, most crucially, each new wave will begin with a wandering cockroach spawning in your shooting area. You must always destroy this as quickly as possible before attacking the main wave, otherwise it's only a matter of time until you run into him in a moment of panic!