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Exterminator (ZX Spectrum)

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Description

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.

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Exterminator ZX Spectrum Even though the final score was poor, it had been reset again, the game recorded the highest score achieved during game-play for the hi-score table. I had this score just after the bonus round.
Exterminator ZX Spectrum An anti-drugs message
If you wait long enough then the game plays a brief 2 player demo and goes on to explain the rules.
Exterminator ZX Spectrum When the basement was cleared I got a bonus round
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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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.
Martin Smith (63168) added Exterminator (ZX Spectrum) on Mar 17, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (121084), Martin Smith (63168) and Pseudo_Intellectual (44379)