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Old 03-14-2008, 12:16 PM   #1
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Have YOU got Insecticide?

My copy of Insecticide arrived today! Haven't started playing it yet, but if you don't live in the US and want a good, fast, trustworthy and cheap importer and think they don't exist, may I recommend Videogamesplus? They shipped it on Tuesday from US/Canada and it arrived here across the Atlantic on Friday. Normal letters take longer than that!!

I'll give you some first impressions later today and the full review soon as I've finished it. Drat, Sam & Max is out today too isn't it? So much for dinner!

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Old 03-14-2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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Insecticide arrived yesterday for me, conveniently coinciding with the start LSU Spring Break. With the excellent 204 completed I can't wait to play this over the weekend.
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:20 PM   #3
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I completed the game a while back. I enjoyed it, although it did feel a bit like a less-good version of Hellfire. I also had to buy a Japanese adaptor so I could actually get the cart into the machine, but that's not really a criticism. I also liked the artwork on the box, even if it didn't compare favourably to the in-game experience.


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Old 03-14-2008, 03:46 PM   #4
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What's Hellfire?

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Old 03-14-2008, 07:08 PM   #5
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellfire_(video_game)


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Old 03-14-2008, 08:04 PM   #6
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I have the soundtrack:
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:32 PM   #7
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Wow, that's a small file!

And how is Hellfire anything like Insecticide? It just seems to be a space shooter to me...

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Old 03-14-2008, 09:38 PM   #8
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I suspect elTee is refering to Insector X. I'm not sure if this is a genuine mistake or a joke though - it doesn't make much sense to me either way :S


You mean the way the sea stays steady as a rock and the buildings keep washing up and down? Yes I thought that was odd.

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Old 03-15-2008, 06:56 AM   #9
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First impressions: pretty good!

-Yes, it is a bit too dark. If this were on the original GBA you'd just have a black screen. It's not unplayably dark and I can see everything fine - but that's in my bedroom.
-First-person aiming is useless if you're not left-handed. Right Trigger's the fire button. Still, the lock-on feature (which I wish you could change to the Left Trigger like Zelda) eliminates a lot of shooting/dodging woes.
-Music, acting, general look and feel all excellent.
-It's a pity Chrys "strafe-jumps" instead of just "strafes", but otherwise this is a great 3rd-person action-platformer for the DS. Just take note of the words "for the DS". They're important.
-Only saves at end of the level. Dang.
-Adventure sections well handled as you'd expect. That said...

... I'm stuck!! I'll have a go again, but it's just on the second adventure section (which is straight after the first "tutorial" adventure bit). I've found the dud mine and the sandbag, but I can't work out how to get the other two! I suspect I have to cut the rope and open the box, but I can't figure out how!!

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Old 03-15-2008, 09:04 AM   #10
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Sounds good, keep us informed (in a spoiler free way as much as you can) as you get further. I can't wait for the pc version - I'm guessing most of the issues you have with the game should be nonexistent on the download.


You mean the way the sea stays steady as a rock and the buildings keep washing up and down? Yes I thought that was odd.
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Old 03-15-2008, 11:26 AM   #11
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Yeah, that's definitely accurate - every single problem I've had are strictly DS-based. The screenshots of the PC version are as cool-looking as Psychonauts and Grim Fandango for example.

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Old 03-15-2008, 01:00 PM   #12
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The game is really good. The only problem I have is the inability to save within missions. The missions are easily finishable in a sitting but if you get stuck in a point 'n click adventure section and want to turn the system off too bad.

The complaints about the action controls from the reviews are exaggerated. The controls are simple but the difficulty of the stages reflects that. Insecticide is basically a point 'n click adventure game except when something interesting happens like, "We've got to chase down a suspect!" you actually get to chase them down and shoot at them.
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:29 PM   #13
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I totally agree. Hopefully the PC version will have a save function too.

Jason, I assume you've got past the bit I've mentioned above. I've obviously missed something vital somewhere. The level's 'Buzz Kill'. I've got the dud mine, the sandbag, the script, the very broken bit of paperclip and the turnkey. What the hell do I do? I feel a right moron.

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Old 03-15-2008, 03:04 PM   #14
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Use the broken paper clip on the hinges, not the lock, of the chest, to get the knife, which you can then use to cut the rope.
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:33 PM   #15
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Well I'll be buggered (pun not intended). I knew I'd missed something stupid. I do that in a surprising amount of adventure games...

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Old 06-07-2008, 12:15 PM   #16
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Ok, it´s Psychonauts, but I just bought Psychonauts for 2,99 €!!
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Old 06-07-2008, 01:26 PM   #17
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Wow. Sweet!
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