Insectoids

Creatures theme

Features creatures that resemble insects in some manner but aren't.

442
games
49
platforms

The first video game about Insectoids was released in 1982.

Nintendo, SSI and Deep Silver has published most of these games

Semi-common features:
* Compound eyes
* Unusually large number of of eyes (compare spiders with 4, wasps with 5)
* Angular/sharp features, commonly sleek limbs
* Sparse but noticeable body hair/fur
* Noticeable mandibles, especially spider-like fangs
* Insect-like abdomen (behind hind legs)
* Chittering or clicking mode of speech, often do this idly when they aren't even speaking (a bit like engine hum, but for insects).
* Multi-jointed limbs (1 or more joints than humans have, when only counting wrist/ankle, elbow/knee, and shoulder/hip joints)
* Wings, especially under a protective ("chitin") carapace
* Mantis-like raptorial forelimbs

Insectoids can easily look very similar (confusingly so) to crustacoids, though tend to lack the generally rounded shape, pincers and eyestalks.
Conditional parent:
* Aliens
* Monsters

Parent group

Arthropods

Related groups

Creatures
Giant insects, Insect protagonist

compare with these groups

Platforms

Windows 158
Linux 80
X360 28
Mac OS X 27
PS3 24
MS-DOS 16
Mac OS Classic 12
PS 11
PS2 7
SNES 5
Xbox 5
GameCube 5
N64 4
NES 4
Pandora 3
Wii 3
GP2X 3
iOS 3
NEC PC9801 3
GBA 2
Xbox One 2
Android 2
Amiga AGA 2
C64 2
PSP 2
Switch 2
GB 2
BeOS 2
Amiga 2
Famicom Disk System 2

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