Weekend Distraction: Greedy Spiders

I can’t take credit for finding this one. A good friend suggested that I try it. I did, and here we are! It’s a real thinker…..

The premise is simple. The greedy spider wants to eat all the poor, sad, trapped flies in it’s web.

Your job is to release the flies by cutting pieces of the web to prevent that spider from getting it’s prey.

Now here’s the thing:

I foolishly at first thought I had to race the spider. No no no. You must take your time, and just like a chess board, you have to look ahead and figure out the moves and what each will mean to the flies and to the spider. You cut a web piece with your finger and the spider moves. Nothing happens until you cut the next web piece, and when you do, the spider moves. Your turn, his turn. Your turn, his turn.

Take a look at this screen, from one of the earliest levels. You can see that if the spider gets to the spot that I pointed out with the arrow, well, one of those flies is now his lunch. You can only cut one web, so the spider would simply take the other web route to the poor fly.

And so you must proceed carefully and deliberately cutting web strings as you go.

I was lured into the web, myself, thinking this was easy. By level 16 I was completely stuck. I eventually saved those flies, but it took a lot of trial and error.

* Note to frustrated players of almost anything: If you go to YouTube and google your game (this one included) and the level that has you stuck, you will most likely get to see the solution so that you can get past it and move on. If level 16 stops you, just search for “level 16 Greedy Spiders” on YouTube and you will learn how to beat that crafty spider. You can puzzle and puzzle but when your puzzler gets sore, it’s good to know that you can find the solution. 🙂

There are several versions of Greedy Spiders available:

Greedy Spiders HD is $2.99 in the iTunes Store.

There is a free version for you to try first, and then if you like it you can buy it in-app. This free version takes you up to that difficult level 16, after that you have to buy to continue.

The iPhone version is 99 cents.


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