Apple Cider Spider

• Publisher: Sierra On-Line
• Developer:
Sierra On-Line
Release Date: 1984
Ivan Strand
GFX: Ivan Strand
Ivan Strand

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 92%
Our Game Rating: 81%


FILE: appleciderspiderend.zip


> APPLE CIDER SPIDER by Sierra On-line

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Apple Cider Spider! What a cracking name for a game! It's another game that passed me by back in the good old days of the C64, but having seen this one requested on the forum by Vinny, I thought I'd check it out. It's a cute, three screen platform game where you control a spider in a cider factory. The animation is naff; the control method is terrible; the graphics are very basic and it's full of glitches; and it has poor sprite detection but... I like it! It's just a very simple platform game for kids - although the difficulty is quite high. The aim is to guide the spider up through the three screens to the safety of the factory roof. You have to jump, climb ropes and avoid various enemies which include frogs and bees. It's a short game that was fun to play for the few minutes that it took to complete. It's not a classic, but it's a cute little game that I'm sure many gamers will have fond memories of playing...


"...hip ..."


Time to organise yourselves...

...nearly there...

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using an infinite lives cheat.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: If you manage to make it up the final rope at the top of the third screen, the spider is safe and the game is complete. A cool little animated sequence is shown where you get to see the spiders friends cheer and leap around in the rooftop. A large web is shown in the centre of the screen, and the spiders climb up onto it before a final message appears which reads 'Do not disturb'. A short victory tune is played and the spider leaps up and down in joy at the top of the screen. The game then restarts at a higher skill level. If you beat it on level six, it just loops over and over.


  • Neil: I was told this had a cool ending, so I wasn't surprised. If I didn't know there was one I'd have been shocked, as the game itself is very poorly made. It's a shame other games didn't follow this example. It was probably only a few extra lines of code, but it made for a cool conclusion to the game. Great stuff! 7/10.
  • Vinny: WOW! This game ending is SOOOOOOO cute! And, it was produced back in 1984 when game endings were quite scarce - or in some cases just cack. Like Neil. I too was surprised to see that this game had an ending - and a cool one at that. This certainly deserves a high mark :)
  • Brendan Phoenix: To be honest, some of these older game endings put the ones from the early 90's to shame - some really good examples of oldies having good endings and this most definitely is one of them.

    P.S. - Liked the new introduction to the video by the way.
  • Frank Gasking: Overall I was quite surprised that a game of this age had a neat ending like this, only really the likes of Ghostbusters had anything of note, and it goes to show how some of the later titles in the C64's life could make a bit more effort! Great little ending (and neat video too :) )

    I'll have to check the game out itself, as I've never really played it.
  • Andrew Fisher: Sierra isn't really a name I associate with C64 games, and I certainly haven't played this one... Fun little ending though, especially given how old it is.
  • Andy Vaisey: Old and old fashioned, but kudos to the programmer for making an effort!

FINAL SAY: A very cool ending for such a simple little game.

G.E. RATING: 7 / 10

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