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'''''Spider Fighter''''', is a single-screen shooter developed by [[Larry Miller]] and published by [[Activision]] in 1982 for the [[Atari 2600]]. It is very similar to the [[Taito]] arcade game [[Stratovox]].
 
'''''Spider Fighter''''', is a single-screen shooter developed by [[Larry Miller]] and published by [[Activision]] in 1982 for the [[Atari 2600]]. It is very similar to the [[Taito]] arcade game [[Stratovox]].
  
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==Personal==
 
My family had this game as part of a large collection of Atari games we got at a garage sale in the mid 1980s.  
 
My family had this game as part of a large collection of Atari games we got at a garage sale in the mid 1980s.  
  
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==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 2/10
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{{Video Game Review|3|2|3|3|2|Atari 2600}}
* '''Best Version:''' Atari 2600
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
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* Unlike most single-screen shooters where the targets usually follow predictable blocky routes, the enemies in the game have much more fluid movements.
 
* Unlike most single-screen shooters where the targets usually follow predictable blocky routes, the enemies in the game have much more fluid movements.
 
* I like the idea of the Spy Pods "hatching" into stingers if you shoot the Master Nest first. It adds to the strategy of the game to take out the weaker foes first.
 
* I like the idea of the Spy Pods "hatching" into stingers if you shoot the Master Nest first. It adds to the strategy of the game to take out the weaker foes first.
* The game has some pretty decent jingles.
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* The game has some pretty decent jingles for an Atari 2600 game.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* Because the Master Nests always spawn from the left, it becomes an effective strategy to hug the left side of the screen for the majority of the game, which is kind of dull.
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* Because the Master Nests always spawn from the left, it becomes an effective strategy to hug the left side of the screen for the majority of the game, which is kind of boring.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
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* Like most shooters of this era, there is an all-encompassing sameness to the game. You max out the difficulty after about a dozen rounds, and then, to top out the score, it takes about another half hour of repeating the same thing over and over again.
 
* Like most shooters of this era, there is an all-encompassing sameness to the game. You max out the difficulty after about a dozen rounds, and then, to top out the score, it takes about another half hour of repeating the same thing over and over again.
  
==Box Art==
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==Media==
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===Box Art===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Spider Fighter - 2600 - USA.jpg|Although it features the usual Activision rainbow motif, the cartoon artwork is pretty bad here. Not a fan.
 
Spider Fighter - 2600 - USA.jpg|Although it features the usual Activision rainbow motif, the cartoon artwork is pretty bad here. Not a fan.
Spider Fighter - 2600 - USA - Alt.jpg|An alternate box with a purple background.
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Spider Fighter - 2600 - USA - Alt.jpg|An alternate box with a maroon background.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Documentation==
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===Documentation===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Spider Fighter - 2600 - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
 
Spider Fighter - 2600 - Manual.pdf|Game manual.
</gallery>
 
 
==Gallery==
 
<gallery>
 
 
Spider Fighter - 2600 - Ad.jpg|A magazine ad.
 
Spider Fighter - 2600 - Ad.jpg|A magazine ad.
 
Spider Fighter - 2600 - Patch.jpg|The game patch for scores above 40,000.
 
Spider Fighter - 2600 - Patch.jpg|The game patch for scores above 40,000.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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==Credits==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Role !! Staff
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|-
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| Entire Game || [[Larry Miller]]
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|}
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===Videos===
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{{#ev:youtube|oxPCeiz9gqA|256|inline|Commercial.|frame}}
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{{#ev:youtube|Hjlsy250-6w|256|inline|Longplay - Max score.|frame}}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-2600/spider-fighter mobygames.com/game/atari-2600/spider-fighter] - MobyGames.
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-2600/spider-fighter}}
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_Fighter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_Fighter] - Wikipedia.
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_Fighter}}
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxPCeiz9gqA youtube.com/watch?v=oxPCeiz9gqA] - Commercial.
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{{Link|AtariAge|2=https://atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=478}}
  
  
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Games]]
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[[Category: 1982 Video Games]]
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[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
 
[[Category: Atari 2600 Games]]
 
[[Category: Atari 2600 Games]]
 
[[Category: Action]]
 
[[Category: Action]]
 
[[Category: Shooter]]
 
[[Category: Shooter]]
 
[[Category: Single-Screen]]
 
[[Category: Single-Screen]]
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[[Category: Video Games That Can't Be Beaten]]

Latest revision as of 22:09, 15 August 2020

2600 box art.

Spider Fighter, is a single-screen shooter developed by Larry Miller and published by Activision in 1982 for the Atari 2600. It is very similar to the Taito arcade game Stratovox.

Personal

My family had this game as part of a large collection of Atari games we got at a garage sale in the mid 1980s.

Status

I own this game. I've never made a serious attempt to top out the score (the game stops counting at 900,000).

Review

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Best Version: Atari 2600

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • For a system that wasn't built to support dozens of sprites moving around the screen at once, the game certainly pulls it off, flicker free.
  • Unlike most single-screen shooters where the targets usually follow predictable blocky routes, the enemies in the game have much more fluid movements.
  • I like the idea of the Spy Pods "hatching" into stingers if you shoot the Master Nest first. It adds to the strategy of the game to take out the weaker foes first.
  • The game has some pretty decent jingles for an Atari 2600 game.

Bad

  • Because the Master Nests always spawn from the left, it becomes an effective strategy to hug the left side of the screen for the majority of the game, which is kind of boring.

Ugly

  • The enemies often stick to the bottom of the screen making avoiding their bombs a matter of luck rather than skill.
  • Like most shooters of this era, there is an all-encompassing sameness to the game. You max out the difficulty after about a dozen rounds, and then, to top out the score, it takes about another half hour of repeating the same thing over and over again.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Credits

Role Staff
Entire Game Larry Miller

Videos

Commercial.
Longplay - Max score.

Links

Link-MobyGames.png  Link-Wikipedia.png  Link-AtariAge.png