A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While there is a hint of a story, it is never really fleshed out. The game is about scoring the most points (either in a single-player or two-player setting) by shooting giant bugs.
Positive Role Models
In this third person shooter, you control a guy who is trying to kill hundreds of mutated bugs.
Ease of Play
This is a point-and-shoot game on the Wii, using the Wii-mote to point or aim and the nunchuk to control movement. The game uses a top-down viewpoint so bugs can come from many different angles. Players move around a teenage boy named Max and use the control pad to select different weapon (up to four can be keyed into the direction buttons) for different effects. Instead of merely moving back and forth, Max can move in any direction within the level's playing field. Move, shoot and then repeat. The controls are easy, but mastering the technique may take some practice. There are two difficulty settings, with "normal" being forgiving whereas "hard" is not (Max can't withstand attacks in normal, but can't in hard).
Violence & Scariness
Players use different guns (like rapid-fire lasers, pulsed wave guns, and flamethrowers), to kill wave after wave of big, mutated bugs, including ants, centipedes, spiders, beetles and more. Unlocked gun turrets are all used when the bugs start to swarm. Players will hear a bit of a squishy sound when bugs are killed, they usually fall back and fall apart and sometimes there is greenish goo that appears upon their death. When the lead character, Max, is hit, he flashes red and his health bar diminishes. If Max is hit enough times, it is game over. Everything is presented with an animated cartoon feel.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Centipede: Infestation is an upgraded version of the old arcade game where the point is to shoot and kill giant mutated bugs in an apocalyptic setting. The game is very cartoonish in appearance, but the bugs' attacks create a frenetic feel as players attempt to score as many points as they possibly in each level to unlock items such as gallery art, musical tracks, and game clips.
Is It Any Good?
Centipede: Infestation is a reflexive game with minor undertones of strategy. It is a far cry from the original Centipede game, and somewhat repetitious in the action it offers. On a positive note, the levels and environments change and create their own challenge, and there are enough power-ups to allow players to think through the levels and record high scores. There is definitely homage paid to the original, but Centipede Infestation, while mildly entertaining, just doesn't capture that same magic.
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