Xbox Live Indie Games developer Fun Infused Games (Hypership Out of Control, VolChaos) has released Bad Caterpillar, a fast-paced take on the arcade classic Centipede.

Bad Caterpillar adds a carefully curated selection of elements from the shoot-'em-up genre to the single-screen Centipede formula, equipping players with a variety of bug-obliterating power-ups and weapons. The pacing is much quicker than Centipede's, and you can blast through several levels in just a few minutes. It's an worthwhile effort that comes close to eclipsing its source material, similar to what Jeff Minter's Tempest 2000 did for the Tempest series.

Bad Caterpillar is priced at 80 Microsoft points ($1).