Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon

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Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media
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Arachnid spins unconventional action with some repetition.

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Positive Messages

No real messages; more about spinning webs, catching bugs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Your tiny spider helps tell story of humans around him, emits some personality along the way. Still, spider is not a role model.

Ease of Play

Gameplay is tricky; takes time to learn how to control jumpy little spider, direct him from one ledge to another to create webs. Once you understand how web-spinning works, catching, eating bugs is easy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is a downloadable action-adventure game where you take on the persona of an itsy-bitsy spider. The game may be challenging for younger players, as the key to scoring points and keeping your spider going is in spinning precise webs to catch bugs, as well as by solving a variety of mysterious clues that are found around the estate. Although there's no dialogue, the story is told through pictures and puzzles your spider must navigate.

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What's it about?

SPIDER: RITE OF THE SHROUDED MOON takes place around the mysterious Blackbird Estate. You take on the role of an arachnid whose main focus is to spin webs to trap and eat as many bugs as possible. Each level has an objective, and the more bugs you eat, the more silk you earn to spin more webs. Along the way, a story is told and your little spider is the key to unlocking the estate's hidden past and opening the portal to the next level.

Is it any good?

This game is a nonstop bug-eating frenzy that truly makes one appreciate how hard a spider has to work for a meal. Not only do you have to be fast, but you have to be accurate to catch anything. The game houses hours of gameplay, and as the puzzles become trickier, so do the bugs, with each becoming more challenging to catch. What's cool is that successful capturing of bugs and solving puzzles can earn you new spiders or even a teeny walrus to play for those who harbor some arachnophobia. Players should note that solving the estate's mysteries isn't that easy -- you must follow clues to solve some well-thought-out riddles to unlock new stages, which can challenge your mental processes. But one very cool feature of Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is that you can enter your real-time location, and it will be reflected with your current weather and time in the game. For instance, if it's raining at night when you're playing, you'll get a dark and stormy atmosphere for your spider to explore.

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon adds to the environmental challenge with a large estate that is full of levels, which should keep players busy for some time. But if there's a negative to the gameplay, it would be that some levels from each building in the estate seemed repetitive. Once you learn some of the basics of some of the puzzles, you basically know the mechanics for all of them. Plus, the game takes both time and patience to master, as navigation can get confusing on some levels as well. But apart from some minor issues, this is a simple action game with an unconventional character and interesting gameplay. Who knew that being a spider, eating bugs and spinning webs, could be so much fun?     

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different variety of spiders and insects found around their home. Are they friendly or are they poisonous? What should we do when we see a bug that we're not familiar with?

  • How do spiders create webs? What are webs made of, and how long does it take spiders to create a web?

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