Mobile games don’t tend to be my favorite review subjects, but sometimes a winner shows up. My love of Implosion: Never Lose Hope is well-documented, for instance, and there are some other high-quality games on that platform if you’re willing to sift through the crap. Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, stands out as a sequel to one of the games that helped push the original concept of mobile gaming into the limelight, and the solid gameplay of the series continues to be worth a look today.
Rite of the Shrouded Moon plays a lot like the original Spider. You play as, well, a spider, and your job is to spin webs and gobble up insects. You can’t just spew webs wherever, though, as the amount of webbing you’ve got is limited and you’re rewarded for minimizing its use; carefully leaping from surface to surface in order to spin webs with a wide surface that can catch plenty of bugs is the name of the game here. You might also need to directly strike certain bugs to eat them, adding a little variety to the gameplay. Eating enough bugs allows you to continue to the next stage.
That’s pretty much it! Mastering the intricacies of webbing is what Spider’s all about, though it’s difficult and I can’t say I ever really reached “mastery”. It’s not an easy game by any means, especially if you’re new to the series. Learning is fun, though, and there are plenty of secrets and quirks to discover, like unique bugs to catch depending on the time of day and season in real life; this bit is actually really cool and should be showcased in more games. There’s also a story to discover in the abandoned mansion; you’ll gradually learn more and more as you proceed through the levels, but the focus is on the bug buffet so don’t expect it to blow your mind.
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is a high-quality successor to the original Spider. Arachnophobes need not apply, but anyone who’s after some web-slinging fun should check this one out. In particular, the precise movements needed to reach the highest scores make this game a good choice for mobile fans not looking to get caught up in webs of bad controls.