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Spider Fighter is an arcade style action game somewhat similar to Space Invaders. The player controls a bug blaster at the bottom of the screen, and needs to defend the three pieces of fruit at the top right of the screen. Various types of attacking spiders scurry around rapidly, trying to destroy the blaster and steal the fruit. If all of the fruit is stolen or the player loses all of their bug blasters, the game is over. When all the spiders of a round are destroyed, the player moves on to the next, faster round. If the player still has all three pieces of fruit when a round is completed, they will receive an extra bug blaster.


Spider Fighter Atari 2600 Fighting some spiders...
Spider Fighter Atari 2600 Title screen and game demo
Spider Fighter Atari 2600 Argh, you've been hit!
Spider Fighter Atari 2600 Protect your fruit from invading spiders

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8-bit Central Retro Gaming 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Woodgrain Wonderland Feb 16, 2018 B 75
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games May, 1983 3 out of 4 75
The Game Hoard Apr 07, 2018 5 out of 7 71
TeleMatch May, 1983 3 out of 6 60
Atari HQ 2000 5 out of 10 50
Tilt Jul, 1983 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50
The Video Game Critic Nov 23, 2005 C 50


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Activision patch

Players who scored 40,000 points or more and sent in a photo of their TV screen could get a Spider Fighters patch.
Servo (57366) added Spider Fighter (Atari 2600) on Sep 23, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Alaka (76393)