Thrift Treasure: Spider Wars

Thrift Treasure: Spider Wars

Just a few days ago we talked about how some games are toys and some toys are really games. And that’s fine with us because we love both! This week’s thrift treasure falls into the same category. In reality, Spider Wars is a game but looks much like many of the toys of the era.

As long as you don't suffer from arachnophobia, this week's Thrift Treasure might be a good abstract for your family. Check out Spider Wars! - SahmReviews.com

Milton Bradley issued Spider Wars just the one time in the United States (1988), but also pushed it to other countries through their various foreign branches. Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Portugal all had their own language-dependent versions offered at the same time. Other than the instructions, the game doesn’t need any translation to play, so any copy would suffice.

As long as you don't suffer from arachnophobia, this week's Thrift Treasure might be a good abstract for your family. Check out Spider Wars! - SahmReviews.com

Fortunately our is the English edition, so getting up and running didn’t take long at all. Spider Wars is an interesting twist on the standard abstract game in that the “board” is vertical instead of lying on the table. The object of the game is either to eliminate all of the opponent’s spiders or put a leg in his nest.

As long as you don't suffer from arachnophobia, this week's Thrift Treasure might be a good abstract for your family. Check out Spider Wars! - SahmReviews.com

Each person is in control of four spiders – three smaller ones and a Daddy Longlegs. The small spiders have a wingspan (legspan?) of one space, while the larger Daddy Longlegs spans two spaces. On your turn you may move two legs total – either both of one spider or one legs each of two different spiders. A move consists of detaching a leg, pivoting around the other, and plugging the free leg back in.

As long as you don't suffer from arachnophobia, this week's Thrift Treasure might be a good abstract for your family. Check out Spider Wars! - SahmReviews.com

Because spiders are on opposite sides of the web, moving one of yours onto a hole occupied by your opponent will knock their leg off of the web and leave the spider dangling. Hit the other leg of a dangling spider and he drops to the ground, out for the game.

As long as you don't suffer from arachnophobia, this week's Thrift Treasure might be a good abstract for your family. Check out Spider Wars! - SahmReviews.com

There aren’t a lot of rules to remember for Spider Wars, simply move two legs per turn. The only limitations are you cannot move the same leg twice during one turn. If you are moving a dangling spider you must move the free leg backwards and it counts as your full turn. You also cannot stretch the spider to make it fit – if it can’t rest in both holes, then you’ll need to find another path to take.

As long as you don't suffer from arachnophobia, this week's Thrift Treasure might be a good abstract for your family. Check out Spider Wars! - SahmReviews.com

The first player to either eliminate all of the opponent’s spiders or to get one leg of any of their spiders into the specially-marked hole (the opponent’s nest) is declared the winner! Spider Wars obviously supports only two players and you can expect a game to be quick at around 10-15 minutes. While not the most complex abstract game out there, the fun theme and the 2-sided playing area makes it a game fun for all ages.

Find a copy for yourself on eBay for around $20 shipped or keep an eye out for a copy at your local thrift store!

Would you be afraid to play this spider-themed game?

Scott

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

9 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Spider Wars»

  1. My girls would love this! Looks like it is so much fun. I am always amazed at your thrift finds!

  2. I hate spiders but this game looks cute and fun and my kids would love to play! As long as the spiders are fake I’m good! Haha!! Never heard of this game but will definitely check it out as a fun Christmas/birthday gift. I think my nephews would even enjoy this game!

  3. Jaime says:

    I’m really not into spiders, but this game looks like fun. My son would have a blast playing against us and trying to knock our spiders down.

  4. Well, that’s cool! Yet another one I’ve never seen before! I need to start keeping an eye open for little-known games like this one – seems like some might be more fun than the old faves!

  5. Anita Anderson says:

    My son and daughter would both enjoy this game. I don’t like spiders but this is a fun game to play for family game night.

  6. Erica Schwarz says:

    My son would LOVE this game. Will have to track one down for him birthday.

  7. Jeanine says:

    This looks pretty awesome. I wish we had more luck at thrift stores with games. The last 2 i bought had missing pieces, but I am going to keep hunting! What a treasure!

  8. Ave says:

    What a great find! I think my daughter and husband would like this game! They are huge fans of everything spider.

  9. Andrew W. says:

    I think this would lead to equal levels of delight and disgust in my family 🙂

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