Apple Cider Spider should play through the Mockinbgoard without Ctrl-B. It definitely does in the current builds. Maybe I fixed something since v4.
Battle Cruiser requires a speech chip, the same as Rescue Raiders. The TR version of both will disable the Mockingboard if the speech chip isn't found.
If your version hangs then I must have fixed it in the meantime. I just checked the latest build and both run as expected.