In life, everyone fears something. Whether that be snakes, flying or — in my case — heights. However, people rarely find themselves in these situations. One common fear that you might see more often than others is the fear of spiders — more commonly referred to as arachnophobia. It’s impossible to know when you might encounter a spider. At any moment, one could scurry across the kitchen counter or climb upon the television remote and jump off into the void. This leaves you with the thought that it’s hiding somewhere in the darkness. When this situation happens, there is only one thing left to do. Burn the whole house down.
If you are not in a financial situation to burn the whole down and build a new one, then maybe it’s best to leave killing the eight-legged demons to the virtual world. Kill It With Fire is a first-person spider blasting game that allows you to live out your spider murdering fantasies with an array of over-the-top weapons. From shotguns to C4, these spiders don’t stand a chance against you.
When you begin your spider-killing adventure, you will be armed with nothing but a clipboard to help you splat the spiders. But this clipboard also has a list of optional objectives, like killing several spiders and putting tools back in the right place in the garage. Completing these lets you unlock new weapons or upgrades to make the spider killing more satisfying.
As you progress through the game, you will take on the eight-legged beasts in many environments like bedrooms and gas stations. All of these places come with unique secrets and places to explore in the hopes of finding more spiders to splat. The spiders can be hiding anywhere, and I mean anywhere.
Everything in Kill It With Fire can be picked up and thrown. This does, at times, make finding the creepy crawlies a little exhausting as you throw a whole bookshelf of books across the room just to find one on the back of the last book. However, it does leave quite the visual walking out of a room that you have destroyed with the satisfying feeling that you killed every last one.
There are different types of spiders to add to the varied environments and weapons to keep you on your toes in your hunt for house domination. Some are slightly more challenging spiders that will take a few bullets to take down. Others are utterly terrifying jumping spiders that will not hesitate to take flight and leave you squirming. But all the spiders in the game are brilliantly portrayed and do a great job of mirroring real spider movement with their speed and mannerisms. For example, if you aim and miss any spiders nearby with scatter and run away quickly, giving a sense of importance to every shot you take.
The visuals in Kill It With Fire are nothing to write home about, but they do a good enough job. The simpler environments put a more significant emphasis on the real stars of the show — the spiders. The game also plays in a way that would be perfect for VR in the most terrifying way possible. The first-person perspective paired with the excellent sound design with spiders rustling around in both ears would make the experience incredibly immersive.
Sadly, Kill It With Fire is a little lacking on the content side, with only eight main levels that can be run through quite quickly. After a while, you will run out of new environments to explore, but if you take the time to complete the optional side objectives and find all the hidden secrets, you get a little more bang for your buck.
Kill It With Fire
Overall, Kill It With Fire is equal parts scary as it is fun. The developers have done a fantastic job of replicating the feeling you get when you see a spider scurry across the room and begin to prepare for war against the insect.
- Mission variety gives a good change of pace
- Many hidden secrets
- Diverse weapons and maps
- Lacking in main story content