Centipede is a 1980 fixed shooter game developed and published by Atari. In this game, you control a Bug Blaster that shoots darts at a centipede that crawls down the screen through a field of mushrooms. In a few manuals the dart was mentioned as a magic wand. The Bug Blaster has been depicted as an elf and other mentioned as garden gnome. The game was designed by Dona Bailey and Ed Logg, and was one of the first arcade games to attract a significant female player base. Centipede was a huge commercial success and spawned a sequel, Millipede, in 1982. It was also ported to various home systems, such as the Atari 2600, the Commodore 64, and the Game Boy.
Centipede is a classic example of the golden age of arcade video games, when simple but addictive gameplay and colorful graphics captivated millions of players. The main aim is to hit the highest score possible. The game is still fun to play today, and you can find it online or on some modern consoles. If you want to learn more about the history and legacy of Centipede, you can consult wikipedia.