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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.


Exterminator ZX Spectrum There's the black tile bonus. It floats across to the score and updates it
Exterminator ZX Spectrum I must pound the cans. These give me 'black tiles' and a full row of these tiles is needed to progress
Exterminator ZX Spectrum A handy reminder on how to shoot. While shooting the hand moves up & down but not left to right. The 'bullets' trajectory, though, can be angled left or right
Exterminator ZX Spectrum When the attic level is complete the house turns red and the van moves on to the next

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1991 91 out of 100 91


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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.
Martin Smith (62904) added Exterminator (ZX Spectrum) on Mar 17, 2005
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