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From: Michael Current 
Subject: Centipede for the PC is Now Available
Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Date: Sat Nov 21 17:40:49 1998

Thursday November 12, 8:58 am Eastern Time

Company Press Release

SOURCE: Hasbro Interactive, Inc.

Plug In the Zapper -- Hasbro Interactive's Centipede(R) CD-Rom Game Is
Crawling onto Computer and Video Screens

Centipede for the PC is Now Available

BEVERLY, Mass., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The bugs are back and they're bad to
the bone in Hasbro Interactive's Centipede(R) game, the legendary Atari game
from the 80s that has been revived and updated for the PC and PlayStation(R)
game console.

``Centipede is perfect for people who love the classic Atari game
experience, as well as for those who crave the rush of today's 3D action
games,'' said Tom Dusenberry, President of Hasbro Interactive. ``We captured
the best of both worlds in this great new game.''

As the tale is told, every hundred years, the QueenPede awakens and with the
help of her mindful minions -_ the spiders, scorpions, and fleas -- she sets
out to destroy the peaceful Wee People. But the Wee People are prepared.
They have built ``The Shooter,'' a custom designed bug-battling vehicle. Now
all they need is a Hero to fly it, who is magically chosen by the wizards.
But this time, instead of the usual Heroes, the Magic Stick somehow points
to the village's lowly bean counter, Wally, who is quickly thrown into ``The
Shooter'' and sent off to save the colony. Wally, an unlikely hero, can use
all the help he can get in this epic battle of the bugs!

In Centipede, players choose from two ways to play -- Arcade mode or
Adventure mode. Arcade mode is an update of the game as 80s fans remember it
-- players attempt to zap the creepy crawlers before they make their way to
the bottom of the screen. Only this time, Centipede is enhanced with cool 3D
graphics, enabling players to get a good look at those crafty fleas,
seething scorpions and unpredictable spiders. The Arcade mode is also
equipped with that familiar arcade sound to blast players back to the

In the Adventure mode, players put their extermination skills to the test as
they to take on the bugs face to face in six exciting new 3D worlds. The
mission is not merely to plow the pest -- players must also rescue stranded
Wee People, protect Wee Houses and accomplish other Heroic missions along
the way. To get a better lay of the land in a sticky situation, players can
choose from various viewpoints including top-down, over-the-shoulder and
first-person. Beware -- the mushrooms are life-sized and the bugs are fast,
so get ready for a roller-coaster ride through new, fantastic lands with
techno tunes to keep your virtual pedal to the metal.

Centipede is currently available in stores for the PC and will be coming
soon for the PlayStation game console. Both titles will have a suggested
retail price of $39.95. To get a cyberview of QueenPede and her creepy
cronies, visit

Centipede and other game b-roll is available via satellite:
   * Feed: Thursday 11/12, 2:30-2:45 PM EST
   * Coordinates: C-Band: Galaxy 6 (c) Transponder 5/Audio 6.2 & 6.8
   * Feed: Monday 11/23, 1:00-1:30 PM EST
   * Coordinates: C-Band: Galaxy 6 (c), Transponder 9/Audio 6.2 & 6.8

Hasbro Interactive, Inc. is a leading all-family interactive games publisher,
formed in 1995 to bring to life on the computer the deep library of toy and
board games of parent company, Hasbro, Inc. (Amex: HAS - news). Hasbro
Interactive has expanded its charter to include original and licensed games for
the PC, the PlayStation(R) and Nintendo(R) 64 game consoles and for
multi-player gaming over the Internet. Headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts,
Hasbro Interactive has offices in the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and Canada.
For additional information, visit Hasbro Interactive's web site at:

Centipede is a trademark of Atari Interactive, Inc., a Hasbro affiliate.

PlayStation and the PlayStation logos are registered trademarks of Sony
Computer Entertainment Inc.

SOURCE: Hasbro Interactive, Inc.

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