Atari Centipede is a classic fixed shooter arcade game where players must fend off an onslaught of centipedes, spiders, scorpions, and fleas using a bug blaster. Your objective is to survive for as long as possible while taking down as many enemies as you can. The bug blaster shoots small darts at the segmented centipede, which is made up of 10 to 12 body parts including the head. Each segment of the centipede turns into a mushroom when shot and continues independently on its way down to the player. To destroy the centipede, players must aim for the head and shoot it off.