Insecticide - Episode #1 Review
Insecticide - Episode #1 box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Crackpot Entertainment 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Gamecock 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 27, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Like clockwork, almost every level alternates between the two play modes. The gameplay begins to feel too formulaic, only a few stages into the game. With a little more attention on how the very distinctly different components are integrated, the transitions from one to the other could have been more seamless. Instead, they come across as almost two completely different games duct-taped together. It would have been nice to see some of the adventure game elements worked into the platform levels and vice versa.

Insecticide - Episode #1 screenshot

The basic point-and-click controls for the adventure portions are reasonably intuitive; they're about what you'd expect. Interestingly, navigating Liszt through all areas of the game is done with a combination of keyboard and mouse controls. The WASD keys handle movement, while camera angles, aiming, and physical actions are done with the mouse. The left mouse button fires weapons during the platform levels, the right mouse button makes Liszt jump, and the mouse wheel switches between weapons - albeit a little too slowly. Weapons are disabled during adventure levels. Tapping the space bar at a hotspot will zoom into the area and switch to a mouse pointer interface for interacting with the scenery.

Insecticide's saving grace is the obviously high volume of TLC Crackpot Entertainment poured into the characters, setting, and gameplay environments. The game's dark, ominous vibe contrasts pleasantly with the frequent gags and humor scattered throughout. From the lead characters to the peripheral players, the bugs are quirky and likeable. Their funny dialogue is entertaining, and all the voice work is of a surprisingly high quality. The art direction is easily one of the game's more appealing aspects. All the levels are sharp, packed with detail. There's only one fly in the ointment: some animated cut-scenes in the game are highly compressed, making the reduced audio quality and spotty visuals of these brief moments stick out like a sore thumb - particularly in comparison to the polish found in every other facet of the game's visuals and audio.

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Offering only a few meager hours of gameplay, it's hard to understand why Episode 1 was not released in conjunction with the second half. It's an extremely short experience that drops players off at a somewhat baffling spot in the adventure. The quality of the characters and gritty charm of the seedy underbelly of Troi is enough to keep players engaged when the gameplay wears thin, but we'll have to wait until the arrival of Episode 2 for the final verdict. Up to this point, it appears Insecticide is a reasonably good game unnecessarily sliced in twain.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
This game exudes style from every pore.
3.8
Control
The mouse and keyboard combo can be a little awkward at first, but it's a tight setup once you get used to it.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Moody tunes and excellent voice acting hike up the quality.
2.9
Play Value
It's simply too short, and the platforming and adventure elements don't mesh as cohesively as they should.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Immerse yourself in a detective drama set in a sci-fi world of talking bugs and dark crime.
  • A combination of action-platforming and point-and-click adventure offers several different gameplay variations.
  • Experience the first half of this bi-sodic mystery adventure.


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