Insector X

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Insector X
  • Taito
  • Hot-B
  • Sage's Creation
Platform(s)Arcade, Famicom, Mega Drive, PlayStation 2
Release1989: Arcade
1990: Famicom, Mega Drive
Genre(s)Scrolling shooter

Insector X (インセクターX, Insekuta X) is a horizontally scrolling shooter developed by Hot-B and released in arcades by Taito in 1989. It was ported to the Sega Mega Drive and Famicom.


Arcade Version (left) and Sega Genesis Version (right)

The player controls an insect-sized warrior named "Kai", who takes on a vast army of cyborg insects to free the insect world from the dark ruler queen. The game uses two buttons: an upgrade-able main shot and a seemingly random selection of secondary weapons.


Hot-B converted Insector-X to the Famicom for Taito with minor changes, as well their own revised version for the Sega Mega Drive. The original arcade version is also in Taito Legends 2.

The Sega Mega Drive version has a number of differences: "realistic" sprite work (compared to the "cute" style of the original), brand new music, a reworking of the secondary weapon system, the removal of the autofire powerup, and new stage sections, among other things. Hot-B's original design for the game was better realized on the Mega Drive, as Taito requested a more comical style of game for the original release.[1] It was published in Japan by Hot-B, and in the United States by Sage's Creation.


In Japan, Game Machine listed Insector X on their October 15, 1989 issue as being the twenty-fourth most-successful table arcade unit of the year.[2]


  1. ^ "『オーバーホライゾン』開発者: 佐武義訓氏". Shooting Gameside (in Japanese). Vol. 5. Micro Magazine. 31 May 2012. pp. 94–96. ISBN 978-4896373899. (Translation by Shmuplations. Archived 2019-10-12 at the Wayback Machine).
  2. ^ "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 366. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 October 1989. p. 25.

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