Centipede 3D (1998)
Centipede 3D for PC (1998)
Centipede is a 3D remake of the 1981 Centipede arcade game from Atari, the original of which was and designed by Ed Logg and Dona Bailey. It was published by Hasbro Interactive in 1998 under the Atari Interactive brand name.
Gameplay consists of a series of rounds that are completed once the player eliminates the centipede(s) that wind down the playing field. Obstacles such as spiders, fleas, and scorpions complicate the game. At the same time, a population of mushrooms grows between the player and each centipede. Optionally, the player is tasked with rescuing villagers and bystanders and preventing damage to key structures; although ignoring these tasks does not prevent the player from being able to complete the round regardless.
The game can be played in two game modes: "arcade" and "adventure" — the latter marking a departure from the original version. Arcade mode allows the player to experience a ported version of the original arcade Centipede, with some enhancements.
In the adventure campaign, one completes a series of levels linked by a storyline. Here, the player encounters both the original enemies (centipede, spider, flea, scorpion, poisonous mushroom) and a new array as well (dragonfly, butterfly, firebug, ice bug, killer mushroom, etc.), some of which are capable of throwing projectiles to destroy the shooter, and others capable of altering mushrooms. If an enemy or projectile contacts the shooter, the player loses a life.
This version is patched to work with newer versions of Windows.
Use the .BAT files to start the game by choosing your desired resolution!
All video modes should work in Windows XP.
8-bit modes do not like Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 for the most part, but a Direct Draw registry fix applies a color fix and the Centipede launcher now disables the Windows Explorer prior to launch which allows it to function nicely in Windows 7!
16-bit modes do not allow native video playback to work in Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 and 8-bit graphic modes do not launch at all in Windows 10. There is now included a workaround via DxWnd which you can launch Centipede with 'START DxWnd' scripts that allows the game and videos to run even in Windows 10!
32-bit modes do not play in-game videos, but work well in all versions of Windows.
CD Audio tracks have been integrated into the game in MP3 format using the _inmm.dll method.
The videos have been re-encoded. The video quality was best on PC while the frame-rate and audio quality of the Dream Cast videos were much better (although DC videos were in much lower resolution). The much better audio from the Dream Cast videos were merged into the existing PC cut-scenes and frame-rate was converted from 15 fps to 29.97 to give the videos smoother transition while maintaining quality!
Last, but not least, if you are retro and want to move this game to an old Win 95, 98 or ME system, take note that the BAT scripts written for XP+ will not work in Win9x. You can, however, use the provided Win9x labeled .reg files included in the 'Centipede' folder, copy and rename the PRF resolution files to 'RES.PRF" and overwrite the existing one in the 'Centipede' folder and launch 'Centi.exe' to play. Remember you only have to do these steps if you are to run it on a retro machine! Point is, yes, you can do this!
Game manual is included (PDF)
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