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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 I must have been shot more than I realised. Still plenty of lives are available 'coz this is a long game. Unfortunately this resets my score to zero - but it does replenish the juice / ammo bar
Exterminator ZX Spectrum The rats just keep on coming. This picture shows one I shot over on the right, it gets me 2000 points
Exterminator ZX Spectrum Grab the mosquitoes and pound the spiders. 
Got to be careful here because wasps appear among the mosquitoes and grabbing them hurts
Exterminator ZX Spectrum The final room is the attic.

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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 (66812) added Exterminator (ZX Spectrum) on Mar 17, 2005
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