Centipede is one of the arcade classics that made Atari a household name in the 1980s. For the serious video game collector, Centipede for Atari 2600 is a must-have item. Players control a shooter at the bottom who must destroy a wave of centipedes trying to reach him. To reach the next level, the player must shoot each part of the centipede. While the centipede is originally in 12 pieces, as the player shoots it, the fragments, become smaller and more challenging to shoot. Players can control the game using an Atari joystick or trackball, which allows for more refined movement.