Centipede, Millipede crawling to XBLA this week

Retro offerings to be joined by strategy board game Catan on the new release list of the Xbox 360's downloadable game service this Wednesday.

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Microsoft has stepped up its Xbox Live Arcade output lately by releasing two games each Wednesday. This week the company is expanding on that with three game releases...sort of.

Microsoft today announced this week's slate of Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday releases, and it includes two downloads consisting of three games. Beginning at 2 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Xbox 360 owners will be able to download Big Huge Games' strategy game Catan, as well as a combo pack including Atari's arcade shooters Centipede and Millipede.

Big Huge Games made its name developing the real-time strategy PC series Rise of Nations, but its latest effort stretches back to the roots of turn-based strategy, the board game. Catan, based on the board game Settlers of Catan, drops three or four players onto an uncharted island and has them race to colonize it. Players can compete against one another online or try out one of the game's six different artificial intelligence personalities.

Arcade aficionados will remember Centipede and Millipede as a pair of track-ball-equipped shooters in which players had to eliminate encroaching arthropods through a field of mushrooms while avoiding spiders and other creepy crawlies. Both games will be playable in arcade-authentic and "evolved" varieties, with the latter including prerendered graphics with visual effects like motion blur and particle-based explosions.

Catan will be available for 800 Microsoft points ($10), while the Centipede-Millipede combo pack will sell for 400 Microsoft points ($5). Both downloads are rated E for Everyone.

Discussion

97 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm not familiar with Catan but it goes without saying that Centipede and Millipede are true arcade classics that anyone old enough to go into an arcade in the 80s will remember fondly. I can understand why some people don't see the value of these games. Five dollars for an individual game is a lot when I can buy a collection for around $20. Personally, I subscribe to GameTap, but that's because I love old-school games and want to buy them in bulk. Compilations are great when there are four or more games that you want to play. For other people who just want to get one game that they may have liked long ago (or perhaps even missed playing entirely) it makes sense to just download the game individually. Buying one or two isn't that expensive, but if you find yourself wanting several of them, it might be good to look for alternative routes.

vf21x
vf21x

enough with the retro games. Where are the really awsome games from the last two generations.

km1498
km1498

Catan sounds interesting. Gonna have to download a demo of that.

datniccah187
datniccah187

I'm porbally going to have to pick up Centipide Millipede. Theres a soft spot in my heart for xbla games that only cost 5 dollars. So i'll probally be downloading that when i get up tomorrow afternoon.

Synapse720
Synapse720

I hate bugs. And I will destroy them all.

EikoAtoride
EikoAtoride

Finally the day has come! Thank you!

jknight5422
jknight5422

These board game to arcade game conversions are very, very interesting. I'm definitely looking forward to this 'retro' style of gaming that is being introduced. Not sure I care about centipede type games..heck, why don't they just offer space invaders & charge $5 for that? It's the same concept.

Axemetal
Axemetal

hooray to microsoft and the increased export of live arcade games

StylinLancer
StylinLancer

Finally its here. Been waiting for weeks for this to come out, although where is the trackball at? Also, where in the heck is Double Dragon?

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

I have no idea what Catan is, but I am psyched about Centipede/Millipede. All the more without the trackball... I sucked at it with the trackball, lol.

Metron4
Metron4

How the heck am I supposed to play Centipede/Millipede without a trackball?! Someone's gotta come out with a real trackball device.

RMGreen
RMGreen

Catan will be awesome. I've been waiting for this game ever since it was announced. This is a GREAT addition to XBLA, adding some variety. As fun as Double Dragon may be (and it probably isn't as fun as we all remember), having another beat-em-up isn't as great as having something completely new, which Catan is. Anyone with a boardgaming bone in their body will love Catan.

JoeMama365
JoeMama365

Yahoo finally Catan is coming out. It's about time for a new decent strategy game on XboxLive. This should hold me over until C&C3 comes out!

Nuke_trooper
Nuke_trooper

Centipede, that's old school (a little too old school for me though) I'd like bubble bobble, Topgun and Raiden instead thanks :P

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

sinx1971 Where's Castle Crashers!!!!!????? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Castle crashers is not coming untill next year. I know its crazy but true. http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3157899

monkeymonfp
monkeymonfp

lol gimmie some new games, not badly remade classic (geometry wars roxs!!)

menmau
menmau

More games on XBLA...

stevotatersdeep
stevotatersdeep

these games are terrible.where is double dragon?it was suppossed to be out in march its now neerly may and no sign of it. psn is catching fast.

FiestaUnicorn
FiestaUnicorn

Has anyone here actually played Double Dragon recently? It's not as good as you remember. Just like a lot of older games it hasn't aged well.

playa42018
playa42018

as much as I love the Xbox 360, these are legit complaints.

jhz
jhz

XBLA Needs: Streets of rage 1, 2 and 3. Sonic 1 & 2 and Sonic and Knuckles. Road rash.

NightRain
NightRain

Lol... all we want is DOUBLE DRAGON! We keep repeating it week after week, after week, after week...........

Doolum
Doolum

nice to hear that coming from MS.

lemec78
lemec78

I've been waiting to hear that Catan was coming for MONTHS. I play the board game all the time, and now I get acheivements for playing, WOOT!

Selfdestruct9
Selfdestruct9

I don't get whats so grade about these arcade games. . . If i wanted to play mini games like these i'd just download them for free on my pc, and yes, regally download -_- Another thing that doesn't make sense to me is playing 20 + year old games on your new console . . double u t eff, emulators exist ya know.

SoralinkGS
SoralinkGS

is it me, or do people always want something different each week...this reminds me of that Clint Eastwood movie....

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

It's nice to see the XBL Arcade stepping up - and Catan will certainly be a great game, I believe. Big Huge Games is a great developer. Now, we need to see some Chess, Checkers and the like. More board games please!

drand54
drand54

Nice announcment. But where is Double Dragon, Missle Command and Space Invaders??????

jmford_1
jmford_1

I'd like to see Crystal Castles.

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

Could be worth the cash, I'll have to wait and see

BadMunky
BadMunky

get arcade beatem ups and then ill buy

AJmon13
AJmon13

haha I used to have Centipede the arcade machine in our basement...god I miss it. And on the DS version (well in a combo) I played for 4 hours straight on a greyhound trip...

Nudie_Magazine
Nudie_Magazine

finally, centipede/millipede, but my 360 broke (again) I hope it get's back from microsoft soon.

godamus187
godamus187

This is waaaaaayyy better than the Ps3 store XBL is killin them.But i agree with Chris_55_TK weres Double Dragon?

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Quality over quantity, Microsoft.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

I have the arcade version of centipede and i have the superior pc version. i never played millipede though. I;ll try

pupaboy
pupaboy

Sorry but Centipede won't be the same without the trackball. Half the fun was spinning that trackball.

somesthetic
somesthetic

As a fan of the board game, I'm excited for Catan and hoping it will translate well. you people complain way too much.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

Nice that Centipede/Millipede combo pack sounds very good for the price, I like the way they handled that, good job on microsofts part for that one. Now start doing the same for other games!

addybody
addybody

wheres castle crashers,seriously where is it!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????????????????

tenorio_rotc
tenorio_rotc

Catan games usually take an hour or more, so I wonder how fast it will be in the Arcade

sinx1971
sinx1971

Where's Castle Crashers!!!!!?????