Atari 2600 Friday’s #7 – Spider Fighter
The 7th Atari 2600 Friday Fortune Cookie brings us ‘Spider Fighter’.
The Story: Apparently the game box is full of spiders, spiders who want your fruit. It’s up to you to stomp ’em, smite ’em, and fight ’em with all your might. If you don’t, they wont just get your fruit, they’ll get you!
From the Manual: “The object of the game is to protect your fruit orchard from insect fruit thieves, scoring points by exterminating the attackers.”
From the Box: “Conceived and designed by Larry Miller. For one Spider Fighter at a time. Now, don’t get itchy, but there are bugs inside this box. Lots and lots and lots of creepy, crawly, pesky spiders. And, they want your fruit. Your plump grapes, juicy oranges, picture-perfect strawberries, and, oh-my-gosh, there go your bananas! You’ve got to stop ’em. Got to stomp ’em. Got to smite ’em and fight ’em with all your might. Because if you don’t, they won’t just get your fruit, they’ll get you! Spider Fighter. No Joke. No picnic. A real knockdown, dragout spider fight – from Activision.”
The Game Play: Spider Fighter is a shooter in the line of games like Space Invaders. You can move left and right only, and the button fires at enemies. You have a fruit orchard, which you need to keep the spiders from getting too. There are four types of fruit: oranges, grapes, strawberries and banana’s. Four waves attack oranges, grapes and strawberries, then an unlimited wave attacks banana’s. Each wave starts with three fruit and four master nest’s. You get four lives and each wave you complete where all your fruit remains gets you get an extra life.
The Controls: Left, Right movement, red button to fire.
Post Review: Well the first try I made it to grapes, and the second I made it as far as wave three on strawberries. The enemies move fast and erratically. A lot of my prolonging so long came from the extra lives at the end of the waves, they really help a lot. If you can avoid being hit, I’m sure you could last forever. Overall, it really isn’t an overly hard game. I feel if I play enough I could get the 40,000 points that would have net me a patch. Spider Fighter is one of the short list of 2600 games that if you beat Atari’s challenge and sent them a pic of your screen you would receive a patch. Which looks like this:
Anyways, Until next week when we’ll look at another Atari 2600 Game.
The High Score: 9840