Insector X

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Insector X
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: HOT-B (Japan), Sage's Creation (US), HiCom (South Korea)
Developer:
Licensor: Taito
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Sound driver: Cube[1]
Genre: Shooting[2][3]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 (7,004)6,800e[4] T-28023
Sega Mega Drive
US
47036
Sega Mega Drive
BR
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM4001HG

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Insector X (インセクターX) is a Sega Mega Drive horizontal shoot-'em-up developed by HOT-B and published by Taito. A port of the publisher's titular 1989 arcade game Insector X, and a spiritual successor to the developer's earlier Chuka Taisen, it was first released in Japan in September 1990[3], and was later brought to the United States two months later.[5]

The arcade version of Insector X was originally developed by HOT-B with a dark, realistic insect-themed motif, but during production, the developers were asked by Taito to lighten the game's tone, resulting in the character and enemy sprites being swapped out with cute, chibi-like artwork (but notably leaving the original backgrounds intact.) When developing the later Mega Drive port, HOT-B returned to their original designs and published Insector X as the game was originally intended to appear.

Story

Unknown to the human eye is a world where exists two micro-tribes, BELZERS and INSECTORS. The king of the BELZERS is BAGLON-BELZEID. Obsessed by an evil ambition to conquer the world, he created half machine/half insect forces to carry out his plan. He ordered his mechanical-insecter forces into the peace-loving INSECTOR world and destroyed its inhabitants. Now, BAGLON-BELZEID and his forces are about to invade the human world.


The last survivor of the INSECTORS is KAIT. He managed to escape to a desert that had not been reached by BELZER forces and there he was rescued and sheltered by a human boy. The peace did not last long, however, because the BELZERS have started to invade this deserted place.


"I am not going to escape any more!"


KAIT is now flying to protect the human who saved him and revenge his INSECTOR comrades.

US manual[6]


Gameplay

The game has the insect-like main character, Kait, going through a number of nature-based and cave environments. The player can collect a variety of powerups and weapon upgrades to defeat oncoming enemies and bosses. The plot is fairly simplistic and ultimately involves defeating the dark ruler queen, freeing the insect world from her power.

Scoring

Weapons

Notavailable.svg Propera-Missile
Fires spinning discs which travel in a sine-like wave in front of Kait.
Notavailable.svg Parachute-Bomb
Fires a bomb which slowly descends to the ground below Kait.
Notavailable.svg Ring-Laser
Notavailable.svg Spray-Bomb
Notavailable.svg Fire-Missile
Notavailable.svg Bound-Fire-Bomb
Notavailable.svg Formation-Missile
Notavailable.svg Sweeper-Bomb

Power ups

During the game's normal stages, creatures named Sparrow Carriers will fly on-screen holding an egg-like object. Destroying one of these will reveal a power up, which can be collected to increase Kait's abilities and firepower.[7]

Notavailable.svg Power Up
Increases the firepower of Kait's current weapon by one stage, with up to seven stages of firepower. If Kait loses a life, his firepower is reduced to its minimum stage.[8]
Notavailable.svg Speed Up
Increases Kait's flying speed by one stage, with up to five stages of speed.[7]
Notavailable.svg Point Up
Increases Kait's score by 1000 points.
Notavailable.svg Double Power Up
Increases the firepower of Kait's current weapon by two levels.
Notavailable.svg 1 Up
Increases Kait's extra lives by one.
Notavailable.svg Special Bonus
Unknown.
Notavailable.svg Crash
A bomb which significantly damages all on-screen enemies. Unused charges remain after death.[9]
Notavailable.svg Special Weapon
Upgrades Kait's default weapon with a secondary special shot. Dropped by enemies other than Sparrow Carriers.[9]

Stages

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Desert Area

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Plateau Area

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City Area

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Jungle Area

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Their Empire

Enemies

Wellfly
Yonakuni-Thunder
Day=Biser
Happy-Gerogero
Lady Bird
Sub-Bomber
Black-Cutter
Hammer Saw

Bosses

Death-Blader
Lance-Hopper
Disaster-Mothwing
Boss 4
Boss 5

History

Main article: Insector X/History.

Magazine articles

Main article: Insector X/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Insector X/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
40
[10]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
70
[11]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
74
[12]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK)
74
[13]
Console XS (UK) NTSC-J
94
[14]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
77
[15]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
78
[16]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
68
[17]
Joystick (FR)
78
[18]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
80
[19]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC
80
[20]
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
64
[21]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC
74
[22]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
74
[23]
Power Play (DE)
70
[24]
Raze (UK) NTSC
80
[25]
Sega Power (UK) NTSC
75
[26]
Sega Pro (UK)
95
[27]
Sega Pro (UK)
90
[28]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
47
[29]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
82
[30]
Zero (UK)
81
[31]
Sega Mega Drive
75
Based on
22 reviews

Insector X

Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Insectorx md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
Insectorx md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR (Hi-Com)
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Cover
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Mega Drive, KR (Samsung)
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 70626304
MD5 77574085187602bf50dd1167da389f60
SHA-1 4f4ecff167d5ada699b0b1d4b0e547b5ed9964d5
512kB 1990-07 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 9625c434
MD5 ae4322417c5827364837d04a2952facb
SHA-1 204351b97aff579853cdba646b427ea299b1eddf
512kB 1990-06 Cartridge (JP/KR)

External links

References

  1. https://vgmdb.net/forums/showthread.php?t=7946
  2. File:InsectorX MD JP Box.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  4. Beep! MegaDrive, "November 1990" (JP; 1990-10-XX), page 19
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video/c/6QDro7CFno0/m/8meerOsBTG4J
  6. File:Insectorx md us manual.pdf, page 5
  7. 7.0 7.1 File:Insectorx md us manual.pdf, page 12
  8. File:Insectorx md us manual.pdf, page 14
  9. 9.0 9.1 File:Insectorx md us manual.pdf, page 13
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 99
  11. Aktueller Software Markt, "November 1990" (DE; 1990-10-26), page 138
  12. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 31
  13. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 47
  14. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 131
  15. Computer & Video Games, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-16), page 101
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "October 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 74
  17. Famitsu, "" (JP; 1990-xx-xx), page 1
  18. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-1x-xx), page 114
  19. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 81
  20. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 92
  21. Mega Drive Fan, "December 1990" (JP; 1990-11-08), page 79
  22. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 78
  23. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 139
  24. Power Play, "12/90" (DE; 1990-11-16), page 158
  25. Raze, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-10-25), page 38
  26. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  27. Sega Pro, "Christmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 61
  28. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 66
  29. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  30. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 17
  31. Zero, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-1x-xx), page 128


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Music: Insector X (1990)