Back before they had us exploring the inner depths of the Red Planet in Waking Mars [$4.99], Tiger Style Games had us exploring a creepy mansion as a tiny arachnid in Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [$1.99 / $1.99 (HD)]. Let me go ahead and spoil the biggest secret for you right now: Spider is phenomenal. Ok, that's not actually a secret at all. Spider has received critical acclaim from practically every corner of the Earth, including getting our own Game of the Year 2009 nod as well as a similar nod from Apple themselves that year.

The reason Spider shone so brightly was that it was one of the best games during the early App Store days to take the touch screen available on iOS devices and really own it. As you sent your spider soaring through the nooks and crannies of Bryce Manor using swiping gestures, there's a point where you realize that the game just couldn't be the same if it was on a traditional gaming console. It fit iOS perfectly, and had an engaging story and fantastic art design to boot.

So all this gushing, as I'm sure you've already guessed, is because currently Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor is free for both iPhone and iPad. It's seen its fair share of sales over the years, but this is the first time ever Spider has been completely free, and the bottom line is if you don't already own it you need to download it immediately. Or even quicker than immediately, if possible. Seriously. Or we just can't be friends anymore.

If you for some reason are not heeding my advice, just read our original review from back in 2009 for some more insight. Just be aware that since its initial release, Spider has been updated with modern trappings like Game Center, Retina Display support, and 4-inch widescreen display support, so it's an even greater game than the great game it was when it first released. Why are you still reading this? Start downloading!

  • ImJPaul

    Agree completely. This has been on my iPhone since day one. This is just one of those iOS gems that has made it through the test of time. Almost everything else from this era looks dated now. Spider still looks so good. I couldn't say a single bad thing about this game. I am however arachnophobic so there's that. But it doesn't really scare me from the side. Haha

    • thesidewaystable

      I heard about this when it came out didn't know if it was worth I asked and I was gonna download this yesterday but forgot praise the lord ;)

    • Greyskull

      Oh come on now! Do you really think The Quest looks dated??

  • Decaf Table

    I'm downloading this right away because I cannot lose you as my ONLY friend!!

    • swarmster

      Friends don't make friends download games with spiders in them. They're scary and gross.

  • JesusBro

    I love freebie alerts :3

  • Gamer_Kev

    I bought the iPhone version a while back and it's a great game. One of the earlier games that really showed what a touch screen could do. I used this as an opportunity to grab the iPad version, caught it on App Shopper early this morning. :)

  • Voltage97

    Holy... got it a few hours ago... praise The Lord,
    it's Phenomenal. :D

  • 3cordguy

    This game is fantastic. I couldn't agree more.

  • Tranceaholic

    Only thing that kept me from downloading this game immediately was having to free up space on my cramped 16-GB iPad! But I just got it now so thank you for the alert!

  • Hex Blade

    I would like to play this game but i suffer from arachnophobia pretty badly. I couldn't even make it to the end of the trailer. I wish it was another creature, like a frog or something and not a spider and then I would play it.

  • David Nicholas

    Touch Arcade folks: I love your five alarm freebie picks. Please don't ever stop posting them!