Video Game: Millipede
Millipede is a 1982 video game. Defend yourself from hordes of larger-than-life insects. The bugs keep coming — all kinds — and the challenge continues while the intensity increases.Although this game utilizes the same format and controls as Centipede, Millipede offers many extra elements that test your skill limits. You still shoot from the bottom of the screen at a field of mushrooms, but instead of battling just the original four arthropods, you now face a deadlier variety of enemy bugs: millipedes, spiders, bees, beetles, earwigs, inchworms, dragonflies, and mosquitoes. Naturally, each of these creatures has unique characteristics that must be studied. In addition, the mushrooms move up or down, and sometimes change around after the end of a level.Fortunately, there is a new feature that can be used to the player's advantage: DDT bombs. Four of them can appear on the playfield at any given time. Shooting one of them unleashes a cloud of deadly gas that destroys any insects, flowers or mushrooms in the area.After every few levels, a swarm of insects appears; the point value for each insect shot during the swarm increases by 100 points each time, up to 1000 points apiece.Another feature is the option to start at a higher level of difficulty, which progresses as the player scores more points (similar to Tempest).
Millipede provides examples of the following tropes:
- Bug War
- Deadly Gas: DDT
- The Eighties
- Everything Trying to Kill You: All the bugs kill you on contact, the mushrooms get in your way and send the millipede down faster, and flowers are basically mushrooms that are Immune to Bullets.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Game Over
- Palette Swap
- Shoot 'em Up
- Zerg Rush: Any wave with bees, dragonflies, or mosquitoes mass rushing you.