Spiders with laser swords. It’s such a crazy idea, I’m surprised it took someone this long to build a party game around that very concept. But here we are, SpiderHeck making that fever dream of a combination a reality, and that’s just a small taste of the mayhem and carnage guaranteed to ensue as players try their best to be the last spider standing!
Oh, right: did I mention how you can equip the spiders with… hats? If you’re still not interested in SpiderHeck after hearing that, well, then I don’t know what to say. I mean, spiders, wearing HATS! Ahem. Anyway, while the main appeal is bound to be absolutely demolishing your friends, sending them flying straight into pools of lava, be it online or locally, there is also a way to play co-operatively. If you absolutely must. Loads of solo stuff too, for those times when everyone’s just being a big meanie, unwilling to play with you. You know who you are. All of you. Each and every last one.
Given that, according to its creator, the game’s physics allows for more than basic web-swinging, I have a feeling a bit of practice might be needed to grasp the full extent of movement options available here. Which is perfectly fine, even if it is billed as a party game. Those do come with a slight learning curve sometimes, and… oh right, there’s a level with zero gravity. Because sometimes, simply performing gravity-defying stunts just doesn’t cut it. Away with gravity entirely!
You’re welcome to come up with a strategy in the beginning and stick to it, but you don’t have to—just let inertia and random chance make your gameplay unpredictable.
Hmm… what else? Ah yes, the weapons. Laser swords, rocket launchers, shotguns, mines, and probably more, too – all of which only require a single hit to kill someone. Including yourself, so eh, be careful. Hats, however fancy, won’t do much to protect against explosions. Or bullets. Or anything, really. They will, however, net you plenty of style points. Which is definitely something.
SpiderHeck is available on Steam, Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4|5, Xbox One/Series X|S, and Switch, for $14.99.