Centipede was my earliest successful game. I wrote it on the ZX81, and it was released (and in some cases blatantly pirated) by a couple of unscrupulous outfits before we founded Llamasoft. We sold a few copies through Llamasoft in the real early days, but by then the ZX81 scene was dying, and I was away on the Vic-20.

I had never actually played the arcade game Centipede at the time I wrote this, which explains quite a few discrepancies between this and the real thing! Nonetheless the game became quite popular amongst the ZX crowd.

The cover artwork illustrated here is an early generic Llamasoft cover. *Real* early copies of the game were sent out in cases with artwork actually printed on the ZX Printer with that weird silver paper!