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Play OverviewPlay Overview

SpiderHeck (2022) is a chaotic fighting game where a weaponised spider tries to take down opponents. You sling webs, shoot and slash at enemies, while frantically jumping about the dangerous arenas to land the decisive blow for victory. It's a strange concept, made even more so by the laser swords, explosives and lava-infested areas you play in. The bizarre meets the competitive with its fluid and surprisingly nuanced controls, assortment of silly spider outfits.

You start with only a handful of weapons, ranging from laser swords that can shoot energy to giant battle axes. You move around the stages by crawling on the floor, walls and ceiling, and also shoot webs and use them to swing quickly from one area to another.

When playing cooperatively, you and the other players all work together to try and defeat wave after wave of enemy spiders controlled by the computer. Competitive play involves trying to destroy the other players using your weapons. It's fast-paced, and fights tend to be short because one hit by any weapon eliminates you. All the time, you need to be moving around to avoid attacks and thinking of inventive ways you can catch other players out. As you play, you unlock new wacky outfits and weapons, with each weapon offering a different way to attack, so experimenting with what works best for you is the key to success.

The result is a game that doesn't take itself too seriously, offering lighthearted and silly but still competitive fun, with simple controls that allow players of all ages to get involved in the action, but still rewards skill, practice and ambition.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked SpiderHeck 22 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Fighting game with Platform, Shooting and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. You can play either against each other in death matches and other modes, each with different objectives, or you can team up and fight against waves on computer-controlled spiders.

Cross-Play: Play between PC and Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S and between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Depending on what game mode you play and what the win conditions are, the time to play a round varies but generally stays around a couple of minutes long.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The controls are simple to learn, and the various wacky outfits and weapons appeal to children. To really master the combat requires quick reactions and forward thinking.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


SpiderHeck usually costs £12.99 to £13.49.


Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store PC £12.99
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox X|S Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
You can buy extra cosmetic items in the game. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/09/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Fighting (Platform, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 19 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Neverjam Dev (@NeverjamDev)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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