This is the sort of news item I love.
So there’s a platform-puzzle game on Steam called Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon. You play as a jumping spider in a decrepit mansion, trying to catch insects by building webs. By all accounts, it’s actually pretty good. But what to do if you’re arachnophobic? Input the secret cheat code, of course.
The game apparently features a number of different unlockable skins to recolour your spider, as well as a final skin replacing the spider with… a different creature. If you’re arachnophobic, you’ll probably want this before you start playing, and this can apparently be done by going to the Save Sessions on the settings menu and changing your current session name to ROSMARUS. And what majestic creature does this unlock? I’ll just copy/paste the press release:
“A jumping spider, a member of the Salticidae family, is known for being tiny, jumping a great distance, their colorful courtship rituals, and subsisting on insects. What animal has all those traits while looking nothing like a jumping spider? Why, that would be Odobenus Rosmarus, of course, except an extremely tiny one! The nimble walrus is capable of jumping 30 times the length of its body and also exclusively eats insects during the warmest months.”
A walrus. Well, that makes sense.
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon is out now, and can be had for about a tenner over on the usual digital suspects.
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.