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DOS - 1991

Also available on: Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Commodore 64

Year 1991
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Horror, Licensed Title, Movies, Walt Disney
Publisher Walt Disney Computer Software, Inc.
Developer BlueSky Software, Inc.
Perspective Side view
Dosbox support Supported on 0.70
4.54 / 5 - 26 votes

Description of Arachnophobia

This PC adaptation of the bizarre Disney movie of the same name is fun, if a little too frustrating due to unintuitive controls and way too many spiders.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has hired your extermination firm to destroy the deadly Queen spiders and their lethal offspring before they take over the country. Once you wipe out the threat in the U.S., it's time to head out to the Amazon rain forest to destroy the entire herd... which is where the action gets really frustrating due to huge amounts of spiders that seem to descend from every direction. If you kill all the spiders in the house, you are congratulated by sampled speech and put back into the neighborhood ready to enter the next house. Some houses contain items that you can collect to help you in your extermination.

The humorous sampled speech is a nice touch, as is the realistic movements of the spiders. A fun action game, if you're confident of your reflexes :)

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Steven Pavelish 2022-09-28 0 point

Creepy game

L4R63N7 2018-09-04 2 points DOS version

Enter "spider on" to start the game with much better sound.

helperman 2018-08-02 0 point

go to and download and run the windows installer.

KMetalmind 2016-01-03 -1 point DOS version

I get garbled sprite graphics both on my Dosbox and playing through here on the browser. Does it happen to anybody? Is it a Dosbox version problem or is it a problem of the download?

Thanks in advance!

thegame 2015-08-18 1 point

Hi all,

How do I install / play on a WIndows 8 PC?
Thanks in advance

Mr. Game & Watch 2014-06-21 0 point DOS version

Does anyone know how to change the sound settings?

sheepmanbuddy 2014-04-30 0 point DOS version

How do I enter a house?

Matgog 2013-09-12 0 point DOS version

Great!!! Thanks for the copy protection

Jonny Bravo 2013-09-09 2 points DOS version

Here is a picture of the "identify this spider" copy protection :

Thank you to SpidersR'Us for figuring out spider number 10! I was able to use this information to create the above image. The key is to find spider number 10 in the list. There is only one spider with a red abdomen (butt) and white diamond. From here you can simply count up or down to the number you need, 1-30.

Controls: Use the number pad; Home(7) End(1) PgUp(9) PgDn(3) to aim the sprayer up and down and move, up(8) down(2) arrows to go through stairs. Enter to shoot spray, space to use bomb, '+' key to jump, useful for jumping over matches until you need them.

Press 'o' to leave a house when you are done, wish i figured this out earlier. 's' toggles sound, 'p' toggles pause.

Play: Find and kill the queen (yellow legs, shows up after you kill the nest). Enter any house you want, kill the nest, if the queen is not there exit ('o' key) and look at the compass in the lower right. This will tell you where the queen is. Keep checking houses in that direction until you find the queen.

I'm pretty sure the only way to kill her is to find the pink spray can and some matches. (I think you need to pick them up in that order too). This will create a flame thrower that will kill the queen in one shot.

Have Fun

SpidersR'Us 2013-08-28 0 point DOS version

Okay, I figured this copy protection out.

The spiders are displayed in an ordered list. Spider 1 above Spider 2, Spider 2 above Spider 3, and so on.

The easiest way to crack this is that spider 10 and spider 11 look almost identical, but flipped and different colored (10 is red with a white diamond facing left and 11 is blue with a white diamond facing right)

And being arrayed in order, they're right next to each other, so scroll through the list until you see them on top of each other (10 on top of 11)

From there you can count in either direction to the number they give you on the screen to your right.

Spider 11 also shows up again as 25, but he's not next to his twin, so look for them in their paired form.

Happy Playing

Matgog 2013-06-08 0 point DOS version

Anyone got the copy protection?

kostas 2013-06-03 0 point DOS version


The One They Call Sun 2012-07-10 0 point DOS version

I fucking hate spiders too.

Baka San 2012-02-12 0 point DOS version

Does anyone know the controls for this game, I know that ENTER sprays with the gun and SPACE drops a bug bomb; but I can't figure out how to jump and stomp. You'd think it'd be the UP and DOWN ARROWS but for some reason, it's not. Plus a spider ID chart would be good to get past the protection screen (I installed fresh using DOSBox to see if that was the issue with the controls but can't get past the spider ID screen to test this theory).

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