Game Informer writes: "With its cool film noir presentation and emphasis on sleuthing, Insecticide could have been an excellent adventure game. Instead, it's a platformer, and a bad one at that. The game squanders its stylish setting, writing, and entertaining puzzle solving by minimizing the fun investigation segments, focusing squarely on broken combat and platforming. The fact that you can run through most encounters without firing a shot makes the action element feel even more tiresome and pointless. Insecticide has some nuggets of adventure game goodness, but they are buried deep in something that even dung beetles wouldn't bother carrying home."