Download Black Widow

Written by Adam Blau
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Developers of early arcade games knew how to tap into the biggest fears of their audience. The preponderance of games involving the threat of insects (like Centipede and Millipede) suggests that gamers really want to be rid of bugs. Atari's 1982 smash hit video game Black Widow is no exception to this rule.

In Black Widow, you play a spider who has to defend its web from--you guessed it--invading insects. The game's action moves incredibly quickly, accelerating as you progress through the various levels. Developed in 1982, this colorful shooter is simple in concept, but can be incredibly difficult in practice.

Downloading Black Widow

Those folks who miss the insecticidal games of yesteryear needn't be downtrodden. Black Widow can be played easily on most of today's computer operating systems with the aid of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) software. MAME serves as a hosting platform into which the original Black Widow ROM is loaded and interpreted. The game code is lifted directly from the original game, ensuring that the look, sound and feel of the game are all extremely authentic.

The original Black Widow used two joysticks: one for moving and one for shooting. However, many of today's computer users don't even have one joystick attached to their computers, let alone two joysticks. The MAME software allows you to reconfigure the controls of the game, though, so it is a simple task to redefine the dual-joystick control commands onto your computer's keyboard.

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