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.