"And George Struggs, the cops asked him what happened before he slipped into that coma, and he kept mumbling something about deadly creatures."
A 2009 Wii game, going against the normal flow of action games by ditching the standard grizzled space marine protagonists and instead starring a tarantula and a scorpion. The two arachnids are unwittingly caught up in a plot by two humans to dig up a treasure in the desert.Playing as the scorpion is a straight Action Adventure, while playing as the spider is more akin to Survival Horror.The game's concept came from a dream lead designer Jordan Itkowitz had about using the Wii Remote to control a snake, and eventually the idea expanded to other creatures, and in the end, only the scorpion and tarantula remained.The game has received mostly positive reviews so far, and is being hailed as an example that the Wii need not be written off as an immature brothel for Casual Video Games.Did we mention that the two humans are voiced by Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Hopper?
Alien Blood: The blood is completely biologically accurate. Vertebrates such as snakes and lizards have red blood, however for insects and the player characters it is green. Either way, plenty of it gets spilled.
Battle Amongst the Flames - The tarantula's final fight against the rattlesnake, thanks to some spilled oil cans and an errant shotgun blast.
The Battle Didn't Count - The tarantula and scorpion face each other several times over the course of the game. If you lose the fights, you get a Game Over. But if you do enough damage your enemy will simply leave.
Boss Arena Idiocy - The very first boss in Chapter One would be unbeatable if it wasn't for the wall of cactus nearby.
Cannibalism Superpower - Used to justify the varied abilities. After the scorpion kills another scorpion that was trying to burrow after prey, it gains the Dig ability itself (after a cutscene showing it EATING its opponent's head, no less). And later it eats the first mantis that it fights in order to learn how Chop down grasses. Likewise, the tarantula gains the ability to web-jump and walk upside-down after eating a black widow spider and a lizard, respectively.
Also, it seems that the vertebrates will team up with the invertebrates against you, instead of devouring them first before you ever arrive...
Finishing Move - As mentioned above, the scorpion has a unique finishing move for every enemy. The tarantula has a sort-of finishing move of its own by feeding on enemies.
Game-Breaking Bug - The game will randomly not work with certain Wii Remotes - the motion controls won't pick up gestures, and there's no way of telling which ones will and which ones won't be compatible except for trying.
Gotta Catch 'Em All - Grubs and Leaf Crickets. Leaf Crickets up your maximum health while grubs unlock concept galleries.
Gold Fever - This winds up causing some... friction... between the two human characters.
Considering the bones you find underground, it's not the first time...
Hoist by His Own Petard - Struggs likes to collect desert creatures. Granted, he never actually catches the scorpion, but the tarantula and rattlesnake do cause him some problems. As does a gila monster he caught on a pre-game "hunting trip".
There are a number of obstacles that one arachnid can't get through but the other can. For the Tarantula, the aforementioned jumpable obstacles, and web slinging. For the Scorpion, there are dig spots and dead grass that can be cleared away. Usually resulting in traversing the same level a different way as an alternate arachnid.
And then there's that black mist that either keeps you going forward, keeps you on the chapter's path, or keeps you in a a fight.
Samus Is a Girl - Some people were surprised that, judging by the appearance of the tarantula, it is female.
Scoring Points - Killing baddies scores points, which are used to unlock new attacks. However, the game is linear so you'll always have to fight the enemies, and the attacks are unlocked one at a time, so you'll usually have everything before end, making the points a token reward.