Remember the game, “Beware the Spider”?

Beware the Spider was an Ideal board game I used to play back in the early 80s. The object of the game is to remove all the creepy, crawly (plastic) bugs from the spider’s web before “gets” you.


The game’s hardware is not unlike Operation. The spider’s web is actually a thin layer of conducive foil, and the tongs you must use to remove the plastic critters are also metal. The spider is made out of foam (which makes it really light), and sits on top of a small motor. The plastic bugs (scorpions and bats, mostly) sit just barely above the thin layer of metal. If you touch the metal prongs to the foil-covered spider web, a circuit is completed and the motor spins up, throwing the foam spider in your face.

In early 2011 I was walking through an antique mall when I spotted Beware the Spider, complete in the box. I hate it when vendors don’t put prices on things, so I did what many men do — I handed my wife a bunch of bills and said, “don’t pay for than $50 for it.” A few minutes later my wife returned with both the game and a wad of cash. “The guy only wanted $5 for it.” Score!

Sadly for me, my new copy of Beware the Spider doesn’t seem to work. At first I thought the motor had died, but after further testing it appears that the foil is so old that it simply no longer conducts electricity. In it’s current state, this is one spider you won’t need to beware.


Here is a classic commercial, where you can see this classic in action…

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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