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|Platform(s)||Arcade, Famicom, Mega Drive, PlayStation 2|
1990: Famicom, Mega Drive
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.
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. 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.
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- "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.