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 MILLIPEDE  Blast Those Bugs            Video Game Cart for the ATARI 2600 VCS
        An army of menacing millipedes - cousins to the famed Centipede - have
        invaded your garden patch, and you must shoot arrows at them to rid
        your plot of these pesky pests.  But wait!  The millipedes aren't the
        only insidious insects you have to destroy.  Jumping spiders, buzzing 
        bees, bouncing beetles, mosquitoes, dragonflies, inchworms, and earwigs
        all have unique and deadly powers of their own!

        Insert the MILLIPEDE cartridge as explained in your 2600 Video Computer
        System owner's guide, and turn on your system.

        Plug a joystick controller into the LEFT CONTROLLER jack for this
        one-player game.

        Press GAME SELECT or the fire button to select the number of points you
        want to begin a game with.  In the first game of any game playing
        session, you can start with 0, 15,000, or 30,000 points.  Move your
        controller forward to increase your score and back to decrease your 
        score.  After the first game, you can start at up to 15,000 points
        below your previous high score (in 15,000 point increments up to
        300,000).  If you just played a game and scored 107,000 points, for
        example, you can start your next game at 90,000.

        * Make sure you keep your eye on the millipede while you're getting rid
        of the other pests.  The millipede can sneak up on you if you're not
        careful, so keep it under control.

        * If a millipede touches a poisonous mushroom - poinsonous mushrooms
        are colored differently from most - watch out!  The millipede will
        charge directly at you!

        * When the insects swarm, you're in for big trouble if you're not
        alert.  Only a spider can enter the garden while the mosquitoes, bees,
        or dragonflies are swarming.  You get 100 extra points (above the
        normal point value) for the second swarming bug you destroy, 200 for
        the third, and so forth - up to 1000 extra points per bug.  But beware! 
        Swarming bugs fly fast and furious!

        * Each insect has its own unique sound, so keep your ears open and you
        can anticipate what will be coming next.

        You begin the game with three lives.  For every 15,000 points you earn,
        you're awarded another life.

        *Mushroom               1
        Mushrooms are all right, but they're slowly choking you out of your

        *Millipede head         100
        *Millipede segment      10
        The millipedes attack from the top of your garden.  They march back and
        forth across your patch until they get to the bottom.  When a millipede
        bumps into a mushroom, it reverses direction.  If any part of the
        millipede touches you, you're finished!

        *Spider                 300, 600, 900, or 1200
        Jumping spiders enter from either side of the screen.  How many points
        you get for ridding the garden of a spider depends on how close it is
        when you shoot it.

        *Beetles                300
        Beetles crawl in when you least expect them.  They also have a
        paricular pattern they follow, so pay attention!

        *Mosquito               400
        Swat mosquitoes for big points.  But you'd better be quick with your
        arrows - mosquitoes also swarm!

        *Bees                   200
        Bees buzz randomly through the magic patch.  They have a very distinct
        sound, so they're easy to recognize.  But watch out when they swarm at
        you or you're sure to get stung!

        *Inchworm               100
        The inchworm can't move too quickly, but is tricky just the same.  When
        you shoot this little critter, the movement of all the insects on the
        screen is slowed down for about four seconds.

        *DDT Bomb               800
        Thank goodness for pesticides!  Just pierce one of the DDT bombs in
        your garden and earn an automatic 800 points.  Expode the DDT at the
        right time, and the vapor will wipe out any bug it touches!  For each
        bug that's destroyed by DDT, you'll earn triple the points you'd 
        normally get for it.

        *Dragonfly              500
        Be careful!  These flying beasts like to swarm too.

        *Earwig                 1000
        Earwigs are hard to hit, but if you're on target, they're worth a lot. 
        Earwigs also poison mushrooms on contact, changing their color if you
        don't get them before they cross the width of the screen.  Get the
        earwigs before they cause more damage.

        Each time you lose a bug blaster, you receive 5 points for every flower
        and every three mushrooms left on the screen.

        (c) 1987 ATARI CORP
        Designed by Dave Staugas
        Computer Graphics by Jerome Domurat
        Audio by Andrew Fuchs and Robert Victra
        Arcade game by Ed Logg


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This document obtained from the History of Home Video Games Homepage, �1997-1998 by Greg Chance