Apple Cider Spider
• Developer: Sierra On-Line
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APPLE CIDER SPIDER
by Sierra On-line
& 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
Time to organise
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!
- 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
- 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.
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