What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Greedy Spiders is an extremely challenging puzzle game in which players tap the screen to strategically break the strands of a spider web in order to free trapped bugs before hungry spiders can reach them. Graphics are bright and cartoonish, and other than an opening scene in a bug "bar," there's no graphic or objectionable content.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
Engagement, Approach, Support
The drive to save the flies and thwart the spider is powerful. While puzzles get very challenging quickly, there's just enough flexibility to keep kids trying. Design is top-notch.
What's it about?
The goal of gameplay is to save flies from a greedy black widow spider. Kids must decide which web sections to cut (by tapping), which hubs to burn, and where to put decoys and life preservers. Sound easy? Kids think and tap, think and tap. Thinking time will soon far outweigh tapping time. Kids can work their way through over 200 puzzles (48 are available in a free version of the app).
Is it any good?
GREEDY SPIDERS has a cartoonish feel, but later levels become fiendishly tough -- especially when twists like more spiders, decoys, and flame power-ups are added into the mix. The game has that addictive quality that all good puzzle games have, but nevertheless it doesn't quite have the universal appeal of smash hit apps like Angry Birds or Cut the Rope, whose difficulty levels are a little more forgiving.
Families can talk about...
Examine some spider webs with your kids. Ask them to think about why the spider hangs out in the middle.
Talk to your kids about black widow spiders -- how to stay safe and what to do if they see one.
Take your kids to a natural history museum or bug zoo if possible.