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You are a can of bug spray. Collect the jewels on the screen and destroy all the bugs.

Insector was produced by Gottlieb, D., & Co., a Columbia Pictures Industries Co. in 1982.

Gottlieb, D., & Co., a Columbia Pictures Industries Co. released 59 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1970. Gottlieb, D., & Co., a Columbia Pictures Industries Co. was based in United States.

Other machines made by Gottlieb, D., & Co., a Columbia Pictures Industries Co. during the time period Insector was produced include: Caveman, Pipeline, Mars God of War, Tidal Wave, Force II, Combination Rotation (never produced), Punk!, Q*bert, Reactor, and Snots And Boogers


Name Insector
Developer Gottlieb, D., & Co., a Columbia Pictures Industries Co. (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8193
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class Gottlieb
Game Specific Insector Pinout
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 4-way (up, down, left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Blast
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

The gameplay utilizes a top-down view. Your character is a can that has a limited spray area. The playfield begins as a tiled surface and you have mines that can be used to blow away the tiles, exposing the dirt underneath. Insects, programmed to behave in various ways, are revealed along with the dirt. The bugs can kill you if you touch them, but points are awarded by either blowing them up or spraying them. Power-ups and points also appear when the dirt becomes visible.

The round ends after the Queen has been destroyed, so the first rule is to try to find the Queen as soon as possible, or immediately after you have collected all the goodies you can. You have three lives.

Game Play

As you move, you spray bug killer in whatever direction you are headed. Try to destroy all the insects on the screen and collect as many jewels as you can. If you press the fire button you will send out two blasts of bug killer in opposite directions for those times when you are surrounded.

Insector KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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This was Tim Skelly's second game for Gottlieb/Mylstar, but it was never released. The game was finally released in April of 2000, but the sound ROMs are assumed lost.

Cabinet Information

The black prototype cabinets are the typical Gottlieb enclosures from that era

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Insector Census

There are 14,906 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,155 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Very rare - There are no known instances of this game owned by one of our active members.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

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This game runs on the same hardware as Qbert, Mad Planets and Krull.

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