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Spiders Are Scary, but it doesn't matter when you have shurikens.

"The common spider - mankind’s most ancient and deadly nemesis. As a licensed Kill It With Fire exterminator, it’s your duty to fight back. Gather your arsenal and hunt the eight-legged menace on a journey across suburbia... and beyond!"

Kill It with Fire, created by Casey Donnellan Games LLC and published by tinyBuild, is a 2020 indie PC action game about killing spiders through increasingly excessive means. Whether it be by frying pan, flames, or artillery, the goal of each level is to make sure that no spider is left behind, no matter the consequences.

In 2023 a follow-up, Kill It With Fire 2, was announced.

Kill It with Fire contains examples of:

  • Action Bomb: The aptly-named "exploding spiders", which blow up a few seconds after they're killed.
  • Aerosol Flamethrower: One of the earliest obtained weapons in the game is an aerosol can with a lighter. In spite of the early point in the game it is obtained, as well as the weapon's improvised nature, it's useful throughout the entire game.
  • Anvil on Head: Dropping an anvil on a spider is an optional objective in "Barnstormer". Pulling it off gives the player the "That's All Folks" achievement.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: The "Arachno Gauntlet" bonus missions are set to intense, epic rock music.
  • Ax-Crazy: The player character is bent on hunting down and killing every spider in town, collateral damage be damned.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The spiders are quite large, around the size of a human's hand. In The Stinger's Gainax Ending, radioactive spiders the size of buildings can be seen clinging to a Ominous Floating Spaceship overhead.
  • Cockroaches Will Rule the Earth: In The Stinger, set three months after the spiders got nuked, the player has to put down a swarm of cockroaches that have moved into the irradiated city.
  • Everything Explodes Ending: After the nuclear bomb is activated in the final level, the entire city is engulfed in the blast, killing all of the spiders.
  • Final Solution: The point of the game is to exterminate every single spider from an infested city, even if it means nuking the entire city.
  • Gainax Ending: In The Stinger, after the player repels a swarm of cockroaches, an Ominous Floating Spaceship appears overhead (covered in gigantic spiders) and teleports them aboard. The screen goes black, and a message appears: "The Exterminator Will Return."
  • Giant Spider: As noted, the spiders are much larger than any real life spider, even dwarfing the Goliath Bird Eater. Furthermore, the ending features alien spiders bigger than humans.
  • Interface Screw: The web spiders introduced in "Garden of Evil" shoot web projectiles at you. If they score a hit, your vision is partially blocked for a few seconds, giving them time to get away.
  • Jump Scare: Jumping spiders jump at you when disturbed.
  • Kill It with Fire: It is the name of the game, after all. In the first level of the game, you are given a lighter and aerosol can to burn spiders alive. Later weapons include gasoline, Molotov Cocktails, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
  • Molotov Cocktail: One of many tools available to the player for clearing out spiders.
  • No Body Left Behind: Radioactive and zombie spiders melt into nothingness when killed.
  • Nuclear Mutant: Radioactive spiders, which can resurrect dead spiders of any species as zombie spiders.
  • Scare Chord: Whenever spiders are running around, the soundtrack consists entirely of these.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Neighbor from Hello Neighbor appears in a painting in the closet containing the bug tracker.
    • An achievement for burning money in a hidden safe is called "Sending a Message."
  • Spider Swarm: But of course, considering the emphasis on spider murder. Special note goes to the Arachno Gauntlet, a bonus Timed Mission in each level to kill a large group of spiders.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: There are multiple bomb weapons available to use, but the one that takes the cake is the nuclear bomb that blows up the town at the end of the game.