Flicking a spider around the room is not always a bad thing.
Sometimes nature needs a helping hand. Take Boris the spider, for example. He needs your help to create the perfect web and catch flies for his dinner. He can’t jump, you see, and would like it if you could launch him into the air . Otherwise, poor Boris will go hungry.
Arachnadoodle is the latest iPhone game from Manchester based Connect2Media. Your objective is to help Boris the spider to create a web in which to catch flies. But nothing is ever that simple.
Arachnadoodle is an arcade puzzle game. You must simply aim Boris the spider in your chosen direction and choose the strength of the throw. Then launch him into the air and try to connect as many pins as possible with his spider silk. You will have a set number of throws and will need to connect all of the pins in order to progress to the next level. Pins can be connected more than once for added strength, and the strength of your web will will dictate how many flies you catch and your overall score for the level. The level will finish once all of the pins have been connected or all of the throws have been used.
Along your way, there will be items to both help and hinder your progress. Hidden amongst the pins, there will be different coloured flies that will represent extra throws or bonus points. But you may also come across such nasties as Death Head Bugs, Spark Head Bugs and even electrocuting light bulbs. Avoid at all costs.
Think strategically and bounce Boris from objects in order to create the perfect web and get the highest score possible. The game will contain 32 levels, high score tables and achievements.
The first thing that struck me when I started playing this game, was how similar the gameplay is to Peggle. This is no bad thing, mind you, as Peggle is one of the most popular games across all platforms. But Arachnadoodle takes the simplicity of Peggle and builds on it, providing a far more involved game. Connecting all of the pegs is not difficult, at least to begin with. The real challenge comes from trying to achieve those high scores. Getting your web to 100% strength is no easy task and , once all of the hazards are introduced, only gets more difficult.
This game is perfectly suited to the iPhone. The touch controls are easy to use and intuitive, with simple tapping on the screen. The game allows you to restart from any of the levels you have unlocked, so its ideal for pick up and play. It has that perfect combination of being easy to progress, yet difficult to perfect. The only downside I can see is the limit of 32 levels. But as the game will be priced at $0.99/Â£0.59, it is still great value for money, and hopefully there will be more levels to come.
The game is bright and colourful and has humorous cartoon style graphics. The integration of Open Feint allows the player to build an online profile. Open Feint is one of a number of methods being used to try and build online iPhone gaming profiles, in a similar manner to Xbox live and Playstation network, with leaderboards and achievements to be collected.
Arachnadoodle is coming soon to iTunes and I can heartily recommend that this game be picked up by everyone. At only $0.99/Â£0.59, this game offers a lot of entertainment for your money. And you don’t want Boris to go hungry, do you?