STAFF REVIEW of Kill It With Fire (Xbox One)

Saturday, March 27, 2021.
by Kirsten Naughton

Kill It With Fire Box art If you told me, of ALL people, that I'd be reviewing a game about killing spiders, I'd tell you that you were insane. Anyone who has even known me for a short period will know that I despise spiders of any size and form. Actually, I don't like any type of bug to be honest, but spiders are on the top of the list. I can tell you that I've never dreamed about killing spiders the way Kill It With Fire makes it so satisfying to do. Having said that, if I did dream about killing spiders, this is the way I'd want them to go. Who knew I'd be so lethal with such harmless items? You can pretty much kill a spider with ANYTHING in Kill It With Fire. The revenge doesn't just stop with fire though. Buckle up buttercup, I'm going to take you into the world filled with spiders and much, much more.

I have to say right off the bat, the beginning level of Kill It With Fire was very informative and helpful to teaching you how gameplay was going to work. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of information given, as I wasn't really expecting this level of detail in a tutorial. It may be a basic title, but I find that even complex video game titles that take months to years to produce sometimes lack an informative tutorial. At first, you walk into your first “level”. I call them rooms because well, that's what they are. I'm talking an apartment style room complete with a few bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. You are given a living room and a small hallway at first, nothing too difficult.

You are equipped with nothing more than a clipboard and it's up to you to start killing them spiders. You need to kill a certain amount of spiders to unlock each room and then to exit the level. I found this to be an interesting idea, as it gives the player a reason to keep finding more spiders. The scariest part about Kill It With Fire is that you can find spiders ANYWHERE. When I say anywhere, I mean, the bed, under the bed, behind a bunch of books, in cupboards etc. You name it, you can find a spider there.

Most of all the objects such as the furniture and items all over the room are touchable. You can throw things at the spiders or just throw these objects around for fun, destroying the room in the process. Also, the spiders come complete with squeaking noises, and if you're truly lucky and kill a certain spider, they turn into about ten little white ones! That is the most anxious feeling ever to be honest. It's even worse when you go to kill a spider, it runs in the opposite direction of you or it runs directly at you instead. For those that suffer from arachnophobia, Kill It With Fire may not help your phobia. However, some may find it wildly fun with the different kinds of weapons you can unlock to kill the vermin.

The weapons are the main bread and butter of Kill It With Fire. You didn't think the developers made Kill It With Fire with the intention of giving you just a clipboard did you? Well, I'm here to tell you there are PLENTY of weapons that you can unlock along the way in your killing spree. Some of the weapons include, hairspray (complete with lighter), a shotgun, C4 bomb, a Molotov, a good Frying Pan and gasoline among a few more. My personal favourite is the hairspray or the clipboard. The clipboard is a multipurpose tool, as it also keeps track of your objectives, and if you whack spiders with it, it's simply another weapon that is always available. Now, my friend doesn't trust me with a clipboard. I wonder why. I found the coolest “weapon” wasn't actually a weapon. Cheese Puffs are one of the items you can unlock and can be used to lure spiders to you. Great, now I can't eat cheese puffs without looking over my shoulder!

I can't really find a flaw in Kill It With Fire. It's a fun, interactive and hilarious way to spend some down time. The overall aesthetic of Kill It With Fire is clean, simple and it doesn't try to be anything it isn't. You enter, you kill the spiders with the weapons, you complete the objectives if you want and then you leave and proceed onto another level. It's up to you whether you actually completely all of the objectives including a timed one called “Arachno-Gauntlets”. They are more complicated missions and add some longevity. I enjoyed these as it was a step up from the normal objectives.

As I've stated, I'm not at all a fan of spiders. I would prefer not to see one in my actual home. However, I will more than happily see them here and blow it up with some C4. Sign me up! Kill It With Fire is a worthwhile experience for anyone that can handle seeing spiders practically at their feet. Even if you don't like spiders at all or have a phobia, this may be a fantastic way to seek revenge on them, even though throwing a C4 or lighting hairspray on fire in your own home is strongly frowned upon and not advised.

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 7.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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