Black Widow
Another vector based game. This time you are a Black Widow spider and you have to defend your web. There are delicious grub steaks you can pick up to eat and you have to knock eggs off the web (hence the food angle, yummy grub steaks).

This is another of the games that is aided by having two joysticks. You can use one to move the spider and the other to shoot. Adds alot to the game as it can be quite difficult to control with the keyboard. It does take a few times to get the hang of the game, but once you have it down, it is quite easy. You can really move that spider around and you soon find it is second nature.

The game plays a bit like Tempest a bit like Robotron and even a touch of Galaga. There is the vector graphics and the fact that the enemy come from the outside and move inward like Tempest. Like Robotron, you have a whole bunch of creatures moving around and trying to dispose of you. There is also a big fly who acts like the robots. He cannot be killed (at least I killed him) and he grabs the grub steaks that are left after you kill a bug. He takes these steaks and turns them into eggs that must be pushed off the screen.

There are numerous bugs that come after you and this is part of the appeal. The aforementioned fly is but one of many bugs. There are smaller bugs, grenade bugs that let out a major explosion when shot. These can aid you or cause all kinds of havoc.

Black Widow is a nice change of pace and another reason to consider a dual joystick setup this year. It is also another example why MAME is so valuable as it was never represented at the home market. So take a little time and learn to like spiders!

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.


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