Decent game (especially for the bargain bin price nowadays), relatively innovative concept, if though generic - you play alternately between a tarantula and scorpion in the Sonoran Desert; besides the usual predatory insect survival, the game's plot centers around a murder conspiracy.
Very atmospheric, surreal, and moody, especially the music, sound effects, and environmental and visual effects.
Difficulty's actually pretty reasonable, and challenging in places; probably the first game in awhile in which I incurred regular Game Overs, and just had to try over again. Feels pretty good playing a game in which they don't just HAND victories to me.
Those're the good parts about the game. Now come my gripes.
The camera can get stuck sometimes, and be very zoomed out from where you are, leaving you unable to see what you're doing; this's especially bad during boss fights. Then there's those times when it gets stuck, and jiggles, when going around a corner.
Flipped Upside Down
There are times when you, or your enemies, might get caught or stuck frozen when touching, or passing by a wall or other stationary object. This's especially annoying if your boss enemy gets caught on something, and they're stuck in their blocking or defense position; then you can't defeat them, and you can't proceed. RESET!
There are times at which the game freezes mid-gameplay, and has to load/buffer...
They should put the Save Points at places right before difficult boss battles; after every defeat, they have you backtracking through the same parts again, just to get back to the same boss fight lair.
Some of the attacks tend to delay, especially the ones involving waggle (swing horizontally or vertically for some moves); this gives enemies plenty of time to gang up on you. In instances like this, fall back, and try launching your attacks from a distance, before your enemy is in point blank range; trust me, your attacks delay so much, by the time the enemy comes from across the room, they're walking right into your attack.
They Didn't Teach that in Biology Class...
Don't know how accurate the movements and attacks of the insects and other creatures run, but I've never seen a tarantula do a spin attack (propeller) before, and I've never seen a beetle intentionally head butt another beetle straight into a cactus spine to impale it. Don't know how conscious insects are of their environment, or physics, but consider me unable to suspend my disbelief.
All in all, a decent game, especially given THQ's standards; but there's still plenty of hiccups you have to work around, if you want to enjoy the game.