Enter the fast shooting world of INSECTICIDE as hot shot rookie Detective Chrys Liszt and help solve a crime of epic proportions. Lead your team on a bug hunt, collecting clues and solving puzzles. Use old-fashioned street smarts, unique insect abilities and an arsenal of ingenious bug weapons to confront your suspects.
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Enter the fast shooting world of INSECTICIDE as hot shot rookie Detective Chrys Liszt and help solve a crime of epic proportions. Lead your team on a bug hunt, collecting clues and solving puzzles. Use old-fashioned street smarts, unique insect abilities and an arsenal of ingenious bug weapons to confront your suspects. Explore a futuristic world of mutant insects and uncover the truth in a city infested with corruption.
It won’t be easy solving this mystery, but some buggy’s got to do it!
    Action Detective Shooter
  • Real-time 3D third-person view combines action-based platforming with weapons-based combat.
  • Use specialized bug weaponry and unique insect abilities.
    Adventure Detective Puzzles and Crime Solving
  • Put your detective skills to the test and lead a crime investigation in a futuristic world of mutant insects and film noir locations.
  • Collect clues to solving a gripping mystery brimming with twists, turns, and double-crossings. Interrogate suspects, interview witnesses, and play good cop/bad cop to get the info you need.
    An immersive story worthy of the best detective flicks
  • A cast of nearly 30 unique characters woven into an addictive plotline where each clue reveals a deeper part of the mystery.

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    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.5GHz processor or better
    • Memory: 256 MB
    • Graphics: 16-bit Graphics, DirectX 9 (shader 2.0) compatible video card, 64 MB minimum video memory
    • DirectX Version: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB
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Phoenix
( 3.9 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 28 Μαρτίου
I'd say this game is kind of mediocre. Its gameplay is split up in 2 parts: jump'n'run'n'shoot á la Ratchet and Clank and "investigation mode", which rather plays like a point and click adventure game. It feels more like a console game than a PC game as you not often require the mouse, just while interacting with a scene during investigation mode and in the menus, furthermore the cutscenes (which seem kind of compressed along with its audio) and the overall graphics seem pretty outdated, considering the game came out in 2008.

But now let's get more into detail:
The combat/jump'n'run sequences is/are okayish. Every weapon is kind of viable, even the weakest one is still usable against the toughest ones, and also every weapon is usable against every weapon, and there isn't much tactics involved. You can dodge bullets, but some parts make it impossible to do so, as some corridors are too narrow to strafe. Fall damage is kind of an odd deal, as you either are fine or die, making you restart from a checkpoint (which feels kind of weird, as it just quickly fades to black and then fades into the last saved position, however sometimes the checkpoints are placed rather inconvenient, since some are around enemies, and while you figure out where you are now after respawning you propably will take a hit or two.

The investigation parts play alot like point'n'click adventure games. You walk around, press spacebar when you are near an interactive scene and take items or use items from your inventory on other items. The first and second one are kind of tough, as the rooms are pretty big, and you don't get much hints on what to do, also items that have no more use doesn't always dissapear from your inventory, making the parts even more tedious to solve with. The third one (and last one) is incredibly easy on the other hand.

Overall the game is, as said, mediocre. It isn't that bad, but also not a masterpiece. The price is kind of justified, considering the quality and the length of the game. However this game is only part 1 of 2 parts, however part 2 will propably never come out as a game (although all remaining cutscenes are on youtube I heard), so it should be kept in mind that this isn't a 'full game' as in a game that has a clear ending. So I reccommend it rather to those who like odd jewels (if you want to call it that) than to those who actually want to buy it and hope to get a good game in the traditional sense.
Gradius
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Αναρτήθηκε: 6 Μαρτίου
Endearingly awful.
Goat Mom
( 9.2 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 3 Φεβρουαρίου
Ho-ly crud is this a great game. Now, I'll get the one negative out of the way right now: part 2 is not on PC, only on DS. And that sucks.

But the GAME. Oh, it's amazing. Most fun I've had in a long time, and I finished it in one five hour sitting. Couldn't put it down. It takes a classic detective setting, and throws it into a completely unique world of bugs. I loved the protagonist straight off the bat, all the characters had their own quirky charm, the voice acting is fantastic, the lines were witty and made me chuckle often, and there was something kinda charming about the older graphics too.

Do I recommend this game? Oh fudge yes.
JonesR
( 4.3 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 3 Φεβρουαρίου
Regrettably, Insecticide is a Part 1 of 2 series that will likely never be able to be finished as part 2 is not available. You can do some research on your own if you want to know the whole story of why.

Part one provides a hybrid gameplay style consisting of action blasting platforming with point-and-click detective work. The mix of the two elements is done well and there are several cinematics that provide a game feel very similar to Psychonauts.

As a stand-alone game, it is decent. But without a part 2 to compete the story, it feels half-baked.

If you do play through this one and want to find out more of the Part 2 story, the developers posted the cinematics from the sequel on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1YaC3ngiYs&list=PL963FBBF618092865
ryvrdrgn14
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Αναρτήθηκε: 3 Φεβρουαρίου
To be clear, I bought the game to see the female protagonist in action. She's a bug but I like her style being a female lead in a Noir-type setting. It's quite unique. Despite all the negatives I am listing below, I still don't regret getting the game while it was on sale.

The game does have some issues for me though so here we go:

1) Screen resolutions. It has oddball resolutions and none fit my screen. Best to play it on windowed mode if you're out of luck in their limited selection.

2) Setting mouse sensitivity all the way down will actually disable your mouse.

3) You need to save the changes before changing tabs in the optons menu. O.o;

4) No tutorial I think.

5) You have a double jump. I wish I knew that before the first platform leap (which you can't do without double jumping).

6) I feel that the ammo recharge is pretty slow.

7) You can just double jump from behind cover to pop the AI enemies hiding behind cover while in mid-air.





Chaython
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Αναρτήθηκε: 24 Ιανουαρίου
Cutscense / intro video super low res, please don't pre-render. :/
BuckTheStar
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Αναρτήθηκε: 5 Ιανουαρίου
A fun game that only takes about 2 hours to finish, and is well worth the price.
DWPOEIQWOJFIODFVESIUUAWPOIPOQIK,
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Αναρτήθηκε: 3 Ιανουαρίου
GREATEST GAME EVA! DROP EVERYTHING AND BUY!
LionWanderer
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Αναρτήθηκε: 3 Ιανουαρίου
I went into pun overload in the first five minutes. Everything else is just forgettable.
This game looks and feel really bad, it wouldn't be too bad for the year 2000, but this was released in 2008. I understand it's basically a DS port, but this only makes it look even worse. Was it really necessary?
Graphics are clearly lacking for the Portal era, obviously they thought porting to pc means only changing the control settings. Again, it could've looked nice on a DS, but on a pc it's unforgivable. The cutscenes are pre-rendered and the quality drop is absurd, the audio level goes down and up in a second and the cutscenes are in low definition and short too.
Characters are flat and the plot is typical, but I really didn't expect much from it. This clearly isn't a narrative masterpiece, but it's not meant to be. It's meant to be funny and entertaining, which it is, for the first half hour. After the first two levels everything else is boring and repeated, and the investigation parts will only bore you and frustrate you, spending 44 minutes on one level because you couldn't understand you need to examine an inventory item, then examine it again, then use it in a place, then use it again on the HINGES you didn't even see. These investigation parts are supposed to be a reference to the old sierra games but they're really just boring and tedious and break the flow of the game.
TL,DR;
Only buy this game on discount if you miss old titles like Sly Cooper and King's Quest.
Otherwise, avoid this game.
AccidentlyOnPurpose
( 0.9 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 6 Δεκεμβρίου 2015
6.7/10 - It's really buggy...

This game is pretty fun. You are a 'bug' cop working to solve crimes. Has a very noir setting, which i love. The setting, graphics and voice acting are all good. Fluid controls and I didn't experience any issues. For $3 it's a good deal. Sometimes on sale for less. Look forward to grabbing ep. 2.

Worth $3.

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zizi0514
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Αναρτήθηκε: 21 Νοεμβρίου 2015
Excellent one, we need more games like this, instead of pseudo-cool-hipster garbage. I recommend it, and call for developers to come back with new one.
Soro
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Αναρτήθηκε: 21 Νοεμβρίου 2015
Insecticide is a very good point click adventure game with not so good platforming sections . I am sure many bad reviews are from people who quit this game right away assuming the hole game is a poor platfromer (which is what I was planning on doing). Finish it and then you will see the better half of this game that has a lot of attention to detail and cool artsyle .

So if you looking to buy good platforming game , don't do it . However if you enjoy point click puzzle games then this game is good if not amazing for that. You play as detectives and the game will switch between shooting platformer and point click crime solving .

You may have noticed PART 1 and there is no PART 2. However I don't think its fair to judge good game just because second game was canceled for whatever reason . Its like saying that I liked part 1 of a movie but it piece of crap because sequal is not in the working . Its not like game was cut in half , it just didn't have story conclusion because they planed sequal .

I was extremely impressed with the voice acting and puzzles design in this game . In other similar titles characters usually have one thing to say but here you can get more lines from characters by deliberetly doing wrong thing . The 3D models despite their age are very interactive during talking scenes which draws you into the game . Like I said previously there is a lot of attention to detail when it comes to just talking with characters who always have something to say even if you give them wrong item ( it serves no purpose in game but its gives fun interactions )

Also I find this game pretty funny . Both main and side characters have loveble personalities and they are all well voice acted .There are many decent cutscenes done in sinister artstyle of old gangster movies . Some people may find it too childish but its kind of my thing (.o.<)

Its a neat little game that probably should have been 100% point click adventure . Platforming part of it is not enjoyable to me at least .
3k china man
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Αναρτήθηκε: 11 Νοεμβρίου 2015
B4H20Na2O17 is a chemical formula for "borax"; a type of insecticide. BUT THIS IS ONLY PART 1 OF THE EQUATION.
Sou Chines
( 4.6 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 2 Νοεμβρίου 2015
too hard to complete the game.
Papa Frank
( 0.5 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 30 Οκτωβρίου 2015
in this game you play as a 92 year old later with a cocaine addiction as she trys to overcome her addiction while finding the money to pay for the cocaine normally its by stealling from the grandchildren or cloging up the toilet so a plumber comes round who will star in a porno with you and then black mail him with the video all in all its a short game as SPOILERS the plumber comes to the house with a M4 and lets a swarm of bullets consume the old lady
Katagator
( 3.4 ώρες στο μητρώο )
Αναρτήθηκε: 29 Οκτωβρίου 2015
I love this game. But this game makes it hard to love this game. I purchased this game at a discounted price, and I would do it again. I desperately want somebody to remake this game, just fix the mechanics. However, I still love it. ALRIGHT.
Pros:
-The voice acting is absolutely amazing, I can't get enough of it.
-I really love the story, it's one of those detective sitcom types.
-The puns are fantastic. It's a very comical game and they do it well.
-Graphics really aren't that bad. I like the character design.
-Levels do not feel repetative, or badly designed.
Cons:
-The ♥♥♥♥ing jumping.
-Awkward controls to interact with characters/items, but you get used to it.
-Movement and firing feel is just not what you'd like.
-The ♥♥♥♥ING jumping.
-They don't put enough save points at places that get hectic, making this game sooo hard sometimes lol
-Truthfully, with all that is going on, you never remember to try and get the soda bombs, lol.
Overall, I REALLY want someone to remake this game, I would buy the ♥♥♥♥ out of it. But I still recommend buying it. The story and all that is very much worth it.
Kageshi
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Αναρτήθηκε: 11 Οκτωβρίου 2015
part 2 "Coming summer 2008" :(

BUT DONT WORRY! part two was actually released as an offical cinimatic with REALLY good animation. if your ok with play first and watch later, this game is in my book, a complete series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1YaC3ngiYs&list=PL963FBBF618092865

Overall, the game is old. Like buggy (no pun intended) old.
In order get past the game from crashing you need to set the compadibility mode to XP SP3, then run as admin for the game, this helped from getting to many crashes and was able to play the whole game, to top off the crash bug, you need to open the game in window mode then switch to fullscreen, as the game would crash for me on windows 7 before loading the game.

But with that aside, The game was very nice, the detective mode made things enjoyable, and the gameplay was very smooth when I set it up with my controller using a third party program. Weird thing was the instant death to check point areas and falling even .0001 meter past the maximum high would just declare you dead instead of taking a small chunk of health. but I stomached it. the artistic directions was really good, and the animation was VERY good, except for those low buget moments. If this game got atleast 3 more months to tweak and continued animation and programing. this game would be one of those old school classics that everyone would scream "give us a sequal"

Sadly, a really good game that didnt get enough time, however, unlike every game that doesnt get a sequal, the developers graced us with part 2 cinematics, so give it a watch when your done playing.
ShenWolf
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Αναρτήθηκε: 28 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015
I'd like to see Part 2 or perhaps a cartoon/anime series and even toy lines and stuff. Such a shame the new company decided to cancel this.
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Regrettably, Insecticide is a Part 1 of 2 series that will likely never be able to be finished as part 2 is not available. You can do some research on your own if you want to know the whole story of why.

Part one provides a hybrid gameplay style consisting of action blasting platforming with point-and-click detective work. The mix of the two elements is done well and there are several cinematics that provide a game feel very similar to Psychonauts.

As a stand-alone game, it is decent. But without a part 2 to compete the story, it feels half-baked.

If you do play through this one and want to find out more of the Part 2 story, the developers posted the cinematics from the sequel on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1YaC3ngiYs&list=PL963FBBF618092865
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6.7/10 - It's really buggy...

This game is pretty fun. You are a 'bug' cop working to solve crimes. Has a very noir setting, which i love. The setting, graphics and voice acting are all good. Fluid controls and I didn't experience any issues. For $3 it's a good deal. Sometimes on sale for less. Look forward to grabbing ep. 2.

Worth $3.

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I'm only 9 minutes in and I've probably encountered about a dozen insect puns.

It doesn't bug me at all.
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After losing my savings in bitcoins, this was the only game I could afford.
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I have no idea why this game gets such bad reviews. I had a lot of fun with it, never expereinced any bugs, played it to the end, and was really impressed overall. Is it a AAA-quality title? Of course not. Is it a very inexpensive, fun little hybrid action/adventure game with clever dialog, fun story, and good-enough gameplay. IMO, yes!

Really the only problem is that the game is only Part 1 and there will apparently not be a Part 2.
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Background: Picked up during the summer sale for pennies. Apparently it's an upgrade of a 2008 DS game with improved visuals and audio, part 2 was never released but you can complete the story on youtube via officially released cinematics.

The Good:
* Great story and plotting that mix things up
* Characters and voice acting are fantastic
* Self-aware quips make the characters stand-out
* Fun mix of gameplay styles show depth right from the start

The Bad:
* Looks dated, the pixelated cut-scenes especially
* Awkward controls for interacting with characters but you get used to it
* Mismatched lipsync is distracting
* Combat is simplistic and weapons lack impact
* Half a game that stops just as things are moving

Impressions: Looks dated with low-rez cutscenes, awkward controls and mismatches mouth to voice work.. but in the first 10 minutes I was impressed by the story-telling, characters and gameplay. Reminds me of the first time i played Sam & Max.

Recommended for: Noire detective fans who don't mind some run n gun n puns.

Conclusion.
7/10. Shines through its limitations to be memorable and a lot of fun.
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I bought this game for $0.29 (on sale) and I enjoyed it more than CoD: Ghosts which I bought for 60 dollars, enough said.
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There is no Part 2.

Part 1 isn't bad, is actually pretty decent...but the fact that you are only getting half a game will bug you.
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Being a platform-shooter/point-n-click detective game it is interesting to say the least. I picked it up for cheap during the holiday sale soley based on the fact that it kinda looked like Psychonauts and I have a soft-spot as well as a hard-on for platformers. Unfortunatly this game completely comes off as unfinished and under budget. It has the means to be an ok if not a good game but the bugged controls, fairly crappy graphics (ESPECIALLY during cutscenes), and flat out lack of quality sadly pretty much ruins it. Coulda, shoulda, and probably woulda did things differently if they could have, maybe if someone tested and polished it, maybe, who knows. Definatly worth trying if you can get it cheap (I got it for $0.74) or if you like point-n-click puzzle/detective games...
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I would recommend then game, it is cute, fun and interesting.
But as a warning there is no other parts
ask the wiki stats
"The PC version was to be released as two downloadable episodes with a retail version following soon afterward, but the second episode never materialized due to Gamecock being acquired by SouthPeak Games in 2008 and the latter deciding to cancel the inherited title"
it was later released on the DS as a full game, heavily scaled down.
"In order to complete the story for PC gamers, Crackpot expressed a desire to upload the cinematics for Part 2 (as well as Part 1) on their official YouTube page, "
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Come on guys all of these bug puns ant gonna fly 'round here; you moth do better.
Seriously wasp's the point of hating this game? It's un-beelievable.
The bee character kept droning on and on at some points.
Driving the Volkswagen Beetle was fun.
Great soundtrack including Bee-toven and Sting.
The bugs got into great anticks.
And such a great game? Long time no flea.
It's pretty great.
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A film noir homage in the vein of Pixar and Dreamworks 3D animated movies that combines platforms, action and point & click mechanics with uneven results. It plays as a Nintendo Gamecube title featuring: a colorful and charming art style; a jazzy soundtrack and better voice acting than some triple A titles. Unfortunately, Insecticide Part 2 was never released; so you're left with an incomplete story and an unfinished game.
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Game makes me want to do meth and kill thousands of bugs.
10/10
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This game has definitely gotten a bad rap by it's reviewers, but I actually liked it a lot. The plot and acting is decent. The platforming parts are kind of bad, but the adventure game ones aren't, and it feels kind of Beyond Good & Evil-esque.
The worst part is that the publisher decided not to release the second half of the game for PC, which means you either have to buy it for the DS (with inferior graphics and cutscenes), or watch the second halves cutscenes on youtube, where the developer uploadet them: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL963FBBF618092865
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It's like Bug's Life with guns! -IGN
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Yes, this is only half a game. The 2nd act got cancelled when the original publisher has gone under. Insecticide's full release happened only for the DS.

Nevertheless, the soundtrack alone is worth Insecticide's price on Steam. Not an exaggeration! You liked Grim Fandango's stylishness? - all the people responsible for that game's art direction are back for this one. The combination of crime-fighting action levels and investigation-based adventure levels simply works. On top of that add the kind of humor that could have been given birth only by the collaboration of Space Quest and Curse of Monkey Island designers.
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Insecticide Part 1. More like Insecticide Part 1 and never get to see Part 2. It's not the developer's fault in that regard, as Part 2 was cancelled.


The first problem is that this is a flippin' Nintendo DS port. It clearly shows, as it's a combination of poorly done shooting, platforming, and point and click. There is not much for any type of help in the game (the 2nd mission took me the longest, with the final taking me the second longest due to lack of telling me what to do other than a vague sentence).

The controls were awkward, the difficulty was random if it was Easy or Hard. The FMV sequences were also horribly compressed compared to in-game mission audio. The game is also only 5 missions long (4 technically since ONE IS A CUTSCENE).

I'm glad I bought this when it was about 40 cents. It's not worth anything else.
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So the game itself is pretty decent and VERY much reminds me of the amazing Psychonauts BUT sadly this is only the first half of the game, meaning it has no conclusion. Because the game HAS no ending i really can not recommend, also the combat is rather bland, sadly this game will never be finished :(, it had a lot of potential to.
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Have you ever wished your graphic adventure games had a little more action? Or that your platformers required a bit more puzzle solving? Well, Insecticide is here, kind of a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of point-and-click and action games. Unfortunately, only one of these elements turned out well. While the investigative segments of the game are a blast from the past, the platforming and combat are clunky and frustrating.

Developer Crackpot has created an engaging world for Insecticide. The game is set in an alternate future where insects have evolved past humans and become humanoids. People are still around, but they have devolved into hominids and are barely surviving in the sewers. Many crime story clichés have been written into the script, but videogames can usually get away with reusing material movies ran into the ground years ago. You've got your grumpy police chief, your stakeout mission, your conspiracy that goes all the way to the upper echelons of power… All of the dialogue is peppered with insect puns that may have you rolling your eyes at first, but they end up being endearing. The game is often funny, and there are lots of geeky references to 60s sci-fi movies and other areas of pop culture.

The player controls Detective Chrys Liszt as she investigates a possible homicide at a powerful corporation. To catch the bad guys, she alternates investigating crime scenes and chasing suspects. The crime scenes feature tried-and-true point-and-click gameplay and it's done very well. These portions of the game are fun, funny, and will provide a decent challenge to adventure gamers -- in fact, the game was created by LucasArts veterans who clearly know the genre.

When the action kicks in, though, the fun checks out. Chrys can only fire one shot every few seconds, so forget about intense shootouts. And while she has a decent inventory of weapons, there's no way to switch them quickly. Either the Y button can cycle through them one at a time, or you can remove your hand from the fire button and select the gun you want with the stylus. She also turns at snail speed, so trying to dodge enemy fire is fruitless.


The investigation sequences are really fun. The platforming...not so much.
The graphics during the action sequences are pretty drab, and it can be hard to tell where you need to go next. Even if you do know, the camera might not let you get a good look. The game is also very dark, so playing on an old-school original DS phat might give you problems.

There are unforgiving tightrope-walking segments that you'll be playing many times over. Most of the time the game respawns you near the place of your demise, but there are a few sections that send you too far back and force you to repeat frustrating areas over and over again.

For the most part the audio is a quality affair. The voice acting is great, and the music is fully orchestrated. The soundtrack is a mix of seedy jazz and more intense, action-packed stuff. But the music doesn't loop smoothly, so it stutters briefly as it restarts, like a DVD menu. Sound effects are often missing at key moments. At one point Chrys defeats a giant, mechanical spider boss, but the beast disappears from the screen without any noise, any explosion, nothing.

THE VERDICT
This one is a real heartbreaker. I really wanted to score it higher, but the action sequences get in the way of what could have been an extremely enjoyable adventure game. Crackpot has created an engrossing world with Insecticide, so maybe a sequel will focus more on pointing and clicking than frustrating and agitating. There are a lot of places this franchise could go, with plenty of interesting characters to develop. Sometimes a game should just do one thing, and do it well.


Rating
Description
out of 10
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7.5
Presentation
Crackpot has created an engaging world, but skimped on some of the bells and whistles like key sound effects and animations.
7
Graphics
Nice in the investigation sequences, bland in the action sequences.
7.5
Sound
Great voice acting and soundtrack, but the music doesn't loop smoothly.
7
Gameplay
Awkward platforming gets in the way of fun puzzle sections.
6
Lasting Appeal
Around ten hours of gameplay, but nothing beyond that.
7
OVERALL
Good
(out of 10, not an average)
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