954996_3Tiger Style's Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [App Store] is a clever adventure game where you play as a spider, spin webs, eat bugs, and so other spidery things-- All the while either unraveling or completely ignoring the mystery of Bryce Manor. We love the game in our review, and particularly enjoyed how well the entire game is controlled:

As a spider, you are able to crawl across objects, jump great lengths and lay down silk to weave your web. Spinning a web simply requires you to create closed geometric shapes using your silk. Tapping on the spider toggles silk production while swiping on the spider causes it to jump. Finally, crawling is invoked by simply tapping on the screen. All in all, the controls work incredibly well and makes it feel like a natural iPhone game.

The recent update adds 10 additional levels, 24 new achievements, a level select, new music, and hornet's nests. Dubbed the "Director's Cut", this update seeks to flesh out some of the game's story, answer some of the mysteries, and even provide some new ones along with providing other refinements and additions.

Hornets, one of my favorite bugs to devour, are actually the star of their new not-quite-a-lite free spinoff game, Spider: Hornet Smash [App Store]. In Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, eating hornets involves tackling them in-air, as they're impervious to your webs. Hornet Smash turns this in to an entire game where you must tackle as many hornets as possible before getting beaten to death by angry hornets.

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With online leaderboards, multiple levels, and a teaser for the full game, Spider: Hornet Smash is different enough that it's still worth downloading even if you own Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor and if you haven't downloaded the full version yet, Hornet Smash serves as a great introduction to the mechanics of being a spider of Bryce Manor.

App Store Links: Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, $2.99 - Spider: Hornet Smash, Free

  • http://macciti.com K.Nitsua

    I so desperately want to play this game. It gets such rave reviews and is recognized as one of the best games on the platform.

    However, I had a really bad case of arachnophobia - no joke. It super sucks and I have no idea how it came about. Can't they change the main character to something else, like a beetle that spins web or something?!

    • NiCOOo

      Play the game: it'll make a good therapy, trust me :-)

    • swarmster

      I'm going to second K.Nitsua's motion up there. The game sounds fun, but I can't even look at the screenshots without getting unsettled. If I had to put my finger anywhere near that I think I'd pass out.

  • http://macciti.com K.Nitsua

    I so desperately want to play this game. It gets such rave reviews and is recognized as one of the best games on the platform.

    However, I had a really bad case of arachnophobia - no joke. It super sucks and I have no idea how it came about. Can't they change the main character to something else, like a beetle that spins web or something?!

    • NiCOOo

      Play the game: it'll make a good therapy, trust me :-)

    • swarmster

      I'm going to second K.Nitsua's motion up there. The game sounds fun, but I can't even look at the screenshots without getting unsettled. If I had to put my finger anywhere near that I think I'd pass out.

  • Frog

    I really want to see the hornet mode in the full version. Now I've got another icon on my springboard....

  • Frog

    I really want to see the hornet mode in the full version. Now I've got another icon on my springboard....

  • Druid

    Not big fan. Actually I feel regret game to buy this game. The picture is good, but the gameplay is dull.

  • Druid

    Not big fan. Actually I feel regret game to buy this game. The picture is good, but the gameplay is dull.

  • Spencerian

    Wow. Hornet Smash is great for a freebie...better in some ways because there are multiple tasks to perform (defend, attack, eat). This should be incorporated as a game option in the original (which I own and love) just so that users of the original game won't need two icons.

  • Spencerian

    Wow. Hornet Smash is great for a freebie...better in some ways because there are multiple tasks to perform (defend, attack, eat). This should be incorporated as a game option in the original (which I own and love) just so that users of the original game won't need two icons.

  • spatzi

    I tried to get into this game. Majorly overhyped. Played about 8 levels. It's cute, but that's about it. There is no challenge. Gets old really fast. This is my problem with itouch games in general: either ridiculously hard like 'defender chronicles' and 'hook champ' or 'nothing to it'.

  • spatzi

    I tried to get into this game. Majorly overhyped. Played about 8 levels. It's cute, but that's about it. There is no challenge. Gets old really fast. This is my problem with itouch games in general: either ridiculously hard like 'defender chronicles' and 'hook champ' or 'nothing to it'.

  • Dan

    Spatzi- Druid- I will say that the core gameplay is relatively simple. I am sure though that you are not paying any attention to the background mystery of what happened to the family that formerly lived in the mansion. The style of this game is outstanding. The music is awesome as well. It is an experience, and not just an action game. $2.99 is such an insanely great deal too, particularly when compared to the $50-60 price point of console games. If it's not your thing, then trying to "solve the mystery" just won't do it for you. But exploring, trying to find clues to give you an indication as to what happened, is fun as hell. BUY IT!

  • Dan

    Spatzi- Druid- I will say that the core gameplay is relatively simple. I am sure though that you are not paying any attention to the background mystery of what happened to the family that formerly lived in the mansion. The style of this game is outstanding. The music is awesome as well. It is an experience, and not just an action game. $2.99 is such an insanely great deal too, particularly when compared to the $50-60 price point of console games. If it's not your thing, then trying to "solve the mystery" just won't do it for you. But exploring, trying to find clues to give you an indication as to what happened, is fun as hell. BUY IT!