Atari has dipped deeply into the pool of nostalgia this week and released an update of its venerable Centipede for on Google Play.
The revamped Centipede: Origins [buy] replaces the generic pixelated space ship from the arcade classic with a militant lawn gnome who is intent on defending his garden from the ravages of centipedes.
Outside of the gnome and the updated graphics, the core gameplay of Centipede: Origins remains faithful to the original. Bugs (usually segmented) rush down from the top of the screen, and your goal is to shoot them before they can attack your ship/gnome.
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Spread across four game levels, Centipede: Origins does offer a few new tweaks to the early 80s arcade game. In Origins, players can collect coins to buy upgrades to their weapons, and can also collect upgradable gadgets such as a Fly Trap and Time Warp to give them an extra edge against the bugs.
While a grenade-hurling gnome may not fit in well with the retro style of the original game, the new content added to Centipede: Origins makes it feel at home in the modern age of mobile gaming
Centipede: Origins is the second title released by Atari for Android and costs 99c [buy]. It's also available on iOS for the same price.