Spider Rite of the Shrouded Moon – Caught In Its Web?

4.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Design: 4.5/5
Duration: 4.5/5

Intuitive to play as a spider| Great day/night weather cycles | Multi-level puzzles

Getting every bug can be a bit tedious | Overarching puzzles require some repetition

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It’s time to embrace crawling on walls, spinning webs, and munching on insects all over again in the brand new sequel, Spider Rite of the Shrouded Moon. Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor launched back in August of 2009 to provide one of the most unique iOS games at the time that lets you swipe and tap to play as a spider. Six years later, Spider returns in an all new adventure that maintains what made the original so good, and enhances it in numerous ways. Playing as a spider in Shrouded Moon is just as immersive and intuitive as it was six years ago.
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The core mechanics return allowing you to tap on either side of the screen to crawl in that direction, and then swipe to leap. Spinning a web is as easy as leaping with a web to form a geometric shape from a triangle to a hexagon. Your goal is to form a web so that various other insects can be trapped, and then eaten. It’s easy to get into the swing of crafting webs in the right spots to try to eat every insect in a given level, while also conserving a limited amount of silk. There are 30 intricately crafted levels included in Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, and each one has multiple areas to discover. You need to embrace the idea of being a spider looking to walk on ceilings, crawl through tiny openings, and explore in seemingly locked compartments.

The highlight of Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is the inclusion of a day/night cycle and weather system with both aspects woven into the core components of the game. You can play each of the levels in four unique scenarios from clear day to rainy night, and each one brings out different insects. Not only are there different bugs to eat, but certain parts of the levels can only be seen under specific conditions. Playing as a spider is highly enjoyable with great challenge in either forming webs, tackling hornets, or even crawling on the ground to snack on ants. There are all new types of insects that can attack your spider, break webs, and do more than just be ready to be caught in a web. What takes Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon up a notch is the overarching storyline.
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Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon includes numerous puzzle elements that let you unravel the mystery of the estate that you’re crawling around. There are various clues to uncover as you’re crawling around, and then you need to piece them together to unlock new sections of the estate. It’s great to play as a spider in the microcosm of survival, and even better when your spider explorations lead to macrocosm discoveries. The game is designed so that the puzzle elements can only be unearthed in certain conditions, so you will likely have to play most levels under all four conditions to unearth all of the mysteries the game has to offer. There is a time machine and weather machine that recharges based on the actual moon cycle, but for the most part you will need to play during the day and at night and hope for some rain. The game includes so much to enjoy all building upon the core entertainment of crawling on walls, spinning webs, and eating insects.

Spider Rite of the Shrouded Moon ($4.99, Universal) delivers an immersive adventure that definitely has legs making it a must have iOS game.

$4.99, Universal


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