Insecter 8.1

Maneuver your spider through a maze blocked by ants, trying to jump on the flies (that fly-away unexpectedly). You get points for jumping on flies, but lose points if you run into an ant, or an ant jumps on you.

Watch out for the computer-controlled spider, which will steal all your points if it jumps on you. If it does, you can get your revenge (and points back) by jumping on it. But you never know what direction it's going to go – it might get you again!

If you've never played this game before, check out the help information in the link below to quickly learn how to play it. Otherwise, the computer-controlled spider (and ants) will have their way with you while you try to learn by way of the school of hard-knocks...

New Features In Version 8.1

The game has been converted from an applet to an application, and therefore you can re-size its window (or even make it fill the entire screen), as you see fit.

The context-sensitive help has been improved, and can be accessed within the application itself.

The numeric key-pad can be used as an additional game controller, allowing multi-player games. Unfortunately, this does not work on Mac OS X systems.

There are now sound-effects, and a music soundtrack included. For the music soundtrack, the full-permissions version is required.

You can watch a demo-video of it below.

The link below takes you to the help information:

Insecter Help Info

If your OS doesn’t allow Java applications to use your Internet browser to display help pages, you can access the help information by clicking the link above.

The application runs with all permissions, as a normal application. As is required by Java security requirements, it uses a trusted, revocable, code-signing certificate (of Laeramin LLC, by DigiCert, on

To download it, right-click on the link below, and choose “Save Link As” (or whatever similar choice is offered in the popup-menu by your browser).

Insecter Game Jar-File

With Java installed, you can verify the authenticy of the software by entering the following statement in a terminal session, having first changed directories to the directory (such as Downloads) where the jar-file is stored:

jarsigner -verify Insecter81-ap.jar

On Windows, where just the Java JRE is installed, without the JDK, the ‘jarsigner’ program is not available, so you can’t check it.

On Windows, you can run it as an application, by opening it (double-clicking on it). If you plan to use it a lot, you can put it in your desktop folder.

On MacOS, you need to option-click (2-finger, or right-click) on the downloaded jar-file, and specify it is opened by the Java launcher. The first time you try to open it, it will complain it can’t identify the developer, asking if you want to open it anyway. After choosing to open it, you won’t have to answer that again.

On Linux, you probably have to right-click on the jar-file, select “Properties” from the popup-menu, and specify it is to be opened by “OpenJDK Java 11 Runtime”, or alternatively, “java -jar”. You will also have to change its permissions to make it executable.

The application includes a music soundtrack, and allows you to use the “Help” button (which uses your Internet browser). You are required to accept the license agreement to use it.

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