The classic game was first published in 1983 by R&R Software and was then re-released for the ZX Spectrum in 1984 by Mastertronic.
At only £1.99 it was a decent version of the classic arcade game 'Centipede'.
Kevin Allison (who didn't seem to develop any other ZX Spectrum Games) created a well rounded version of the game with plenty of options and features, and it was all crammed into 16K of RAM too.
No real story to Spectipede (or Centipede for that matter) it was classic arcade action and a case of shoot the nasties and survive as long as possible.
|The Famous Mastertronic Loader|
The aim of the game was to shoot the Spectipede which headed for you avoiding the mushrooms as it moved.
If you hit the body of the Spectipede it would split in two, creating two Spectipedes. Hit any of these in the body and it would split again, and so on...
Fleas descended the screen leaving new mushrooms behind (mushroom making fleas?) and needed two hits to kill them, speeding up after the first hit. Sneaky eh?
Scorpions wandered across the screen poisoning any mushrooms they touched.
Spectipedes would drop straight to the bottom of the screen when they ran into a poisoned mushroom, but if you were quick you could get underneath it and destroy it with rapid fire as it descended straight down.
Whilst all of this was going on Spiders would randomly appear and try to jump on you. This game was rapid arcade action all the way.
|Mushrooms All Round|
As you progressed through the levels the game really did hot up and took a lot of skill (and luck!) to keep going.
One or two players could take part, in two player mode you took alternate goes on each life lost.
The keyboard play was nice and responsive and most joystick types were supported by the game too.
Oh, and the cassette sleeve and inlay had slightly bizarre and cartoony images.
This game was never a massive hit and I can only remember the Mastertronic release. With this game being available in 1983 and also running on a 16K Spectrum it really is one of the early gaming classics for the Sinclair machine. We are talking real retro gaming with this title! Games like this were still popular in 1983 and here we had a really good version of it for the ZX Spectrum. At only £1.99 you couldn't really go wrong and it was regarded as one of the better Centipede clones you could get.
The test of time:
Well here in the land of ZX Spectrum Games we have a real soft spot for this classic game. When you play it you just know it really is one of those early simple games that is all about fast action and quick reflexes. As the 1980's wore on games became more complex in concept, design, story and graphics. Consequently Spectipede is a playable version of a classic game, and would probably keep your attention for a good twenty minutes. Not bad, not bad at all...
Hone those reflexes and download Spectipede for the ZX Spectrum. Alternatively you could try and play online.
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GENRE: Arcade Game
RELEASE DATE: 1983
RELEASED BY: R&R Software then re-released by Mastertronic
DEVELOPER(S): Kevin Allison
PRICE: £1.99 - UK
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