The graphical updates serve Centipede well, though some details arent always handled with aplomb. The burrowing
centipedes, for example, just seem to disappear, and I wish that the killing of a gnome by a bug was marked with
something more dramatic than the current blue flash. This is one of those games that feels a little too cramped on
the iPhones smaller screen; its much more enjoyable to play Centipede: Origins on the iPad.
Overall, though, this is a welcome upgrade to an arcade mainstay. If youre a grizzled veteran of the Centipede
Wars like me, youll enjoy the more detailed landscapes and varied challenges of this new version. And if youve
never played the game before, its a perfectly fine introduction to a classic arcade shoot 'em up.
Philip Michaels is the editor of Macworld.com.