Spider and Web

by Andrew Plotkin profile

Science Fiction/Espionage
1998

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- Jim Nelson (San Francisco), August 22, 2021

- Zoltar, August 20, 2021

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
The unreviewable game, August 15, 2021
by Rovarsson (Belgium)

The first part of Spider and Web plays an intricate game with the expectations about the relations between player, protagonist, narrator, parser-voice and non-player character. It culminates in a cathartic intuition-bomb.

The second part of Spider and Web is a fast-paced, high-stakes escape-run to the end.

It is an amazing experience.


- sw3dish, April 22, 2021

- Karlok (Netherlands), April 14, 2021

- Fie, April 11, 2021

- arslonga, March 14, 2021

- starlitevenings, March 13, 2021

- TheBoxThinker, January 25, 2021

- meadowmower, December 17, 2020

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
All-time favorite, December 9, 2020

This is one of my all-time favorite IF games. Fun, with lots of depth - one of the most memorable games I've played. I could not recommend this more strongly!


- mifga (Brooklyn, NY), October 14, 2020

- smrq, September 27, 2020

- C4rd1n4l, September 24, 2020

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Love Story, September 17, 2020
by deathbytroggles (Minneapolis, MN)

In high school I was in an abusive relationship; the song "Push" by Matchbox20 resonated with me so much that it became and still remains one of my favorite songs. Is it a great song? I don't know. I only know that it stirs within me something raw and profound.

I feel the same way with Spider and Web when it comes to "The Puzzle." I've been playing adventure games and puzzle games non-stop since I first played King's Quest in 1985 and there is no other puzzle that makes me feel this way. In my first playthrough twenty years ago, it gave me chills. I played it again this week, knowing the answer, and that familiar wave came over me again. I am in love with this puzzle. I want to marry it and have brilliant puzzle babies.

I could try to break down why it gives me all the feels. Perhaps it's the gradual buildup that is extremely well-clued but never obviously so. Perhaps it's the oneupmanship over the interrogator. Perhaps it's the extraordinary gift of getting to play back the entire game in your mind up to that point with the knowledge bestowed upon realizing the answer. Ultimately, though, it doesn't matter. No logical argument will sway my adoration nor my reverence.

For those who are fortunate enough to read this review and have the opportunity to play Spider and Web for the first time, for all that is good and holy do not resort to a walkthrough. If you must, use the Invisiclues linked to on the main page. And be patient with yourself. Let the game play you.

Please don't mistake my adulation for belief in perfection. There are parts I'm not a huge fan of. The gadgets could come with more of a tutorial, especially since our spy is an expert with them. And the end puzzle itself doesn't really fit in with the theme of the rest, leading to a whimper of a conclusion. But our loves don't need aspire to perfection. They just have to sing to us in a way that will touch our hearts and stay there forever.


- William Chet (Michigan), July 19, 2020

- Xuan Li, July 5, 2020

- quackoquack, June 10, 2020

- Cognitive_Prospector, June 6, 2020

- Panawe, May 28, 2020

- kierlani, May 12, 2020

- Ry (Philippines), May 2, 2020

- edcst (Canada), April 2, 2020

- Artran (Prague, Czech Republic), March 6, 2020

- Ann Hugo (Canada), February 28, 2020


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