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Posted: 9 weeks ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

SpiderHeck is a chaotic fighting game where a weaponised spider tries to take down opponents. You sling webs, shoot and slash at enemies, while frantically jumping about the dangerous arenas to land the decisive blow for victory. It's a strange concept, made even more so by the laser swords, explosives and lava-infested areas you play in. The bizarre meets the competitive with its fluid and surprisingly nuanced controls, assortment of silly spider outfits.

You start with only a handful of weapons, ranging from laser swords that can shoot energy to giant battle axes. You move around the stages by crawling on the floor, walls and ceiling, and also shoot webs and use them to swing quickly from one area to another.

When playing cooperatively, you and the other players all work together to try and defeat wave after wave of enemy spiders controlled by the computer. Competitive play involves trying to destroy the other players using your weapons. It's fast-paced, and fights tend to be short because one hit by any weapon eliminates you. All the time, you need to be moving around to avoid attacks and thinking of inventive ways you can catch other players out. As you play, you unlock new wacky outfits and weapons, with each weapon offering a different way to attack, so experimenting with what works best for you is the key to success.

The result is a game that doesn't take itself too seriously, offering lighthearted and silly but still competitive fun, with simple controls that allow players of all ages to get involved in the action, but still rewards skill, practice and ambition.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/09/2022

Price: 30% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Neverjam Dev (@NeverjamDev)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Depending on what game mode you play and what the win conditions are, the time to play a round varies but generally stays around a couple of minutes long.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. You can play either against each other in death matches and other modes, each with different objectives, or you can team up and fight against waves on computer-controlled spiders.

Cross-Play: Play between PC and Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The controls are simple to learn, and the various wacky outfits and weapons appeal to children of all ages.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
 

CostsCosts

SpiderHeck usually costs £11.99 to £12.99. 

SpiderHeck

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
     
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
You can buy extra cosmetic items in the game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our SpiderHeck Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
As the action is very fast-paced, you sometimes need to press buttons very quickly, and also need to hold down buttons to perform certain actions. At the start of the game and before every round, the controls for both controller and keyboard play are shown clearly. To practice, you can play against each other as you learn the ropes, but there is no specific practice area or mode.

The text is often quite small, and cannot be enlarged, but it is high contrast, and there isn't any text during gameplay, only in menus and in between matches, and no dialogue at all. The size of your spider varies depending on whether all players are close together, in which case the game zooms in on the action and makes them larger, or far apart when they can be very small. In addition, colour is often the only way to differentiate the different spiders, (unless you're wearing different costumes, but these can be hard to see on the small spiders), which is important to note for colour-blind players.

There are regularly large flashes when explosions occur, and these cannot be disabled, whereas the accompanying screen-shake can. At the start of each game, the objective is clearly stated. when a spider is killed, a splatter of brightly coloured blood of the same colour as the spider appears, and cannot be disabled.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender Representation: The gender representation of the pre-defined characters you can play in the game.

  • Play as Character without stated Gender:: The game’s protagonist’s gender is ambiguous and not stated.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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