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Of all the mundane tasks which've been turned into action-packed games, bug-repelling must be up there with being a Paper Boy or a Trashman. These aren't average bugs; Chicago is under siege from mutated insects, rats and even toy tanks.

You'll have to work through seven houses, each of which has the typical rooms. You control a seemingly-dismembered hand, which must deal with the hordes as they come towards it, into the screen. They can be shot, thumped, or squashed depending on their type. To clear a room you must kill a certain number of creatures in each of the vertically-divided 'lanes' of the room - this causes squares on the ground to change colour.

Screenshots

Exterminator ZX Spectrum When I'm shooting high the wasps stay low.
Exterminator DOS Our disembodied exterminator's hand is on the job! (CGA)
Exterminator DOS Take a break from bugs and move on to some relaxing rat-whomping as your bonus (VGA)
Exterminator ZX Spectrum This is a pounded tank

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Feb, 1991 90 out of 100 90
ST Format Atari ST Feb, 1991 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Arcade Jan, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1991 9 out of 12 75
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1991 75 out of 100 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Feb, 1991 8.8 out of 12 73
64'er Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Cancelled sequel

Audiogenic planned to release a sequel of their own design for this game (a common practice in those days - Target: Renegade and Strider 2 for example), but nothing ever appeared.
Contributed to by Kabushi (180896), Martin Smith (62968) and Pseudo_Intellectual (53417)