I make this review because I happen to be a big fan of Spider Man, and I do this in honor of my little cousin who turned 14, and has been a fan of Spider Man since he was about 5 years old. Also, I remember playing this day in the time that I had my old Game Boy. Me and my cousin used to play it, but never managed to beat it as it was really tough.
Plot. The enemies of Spider Man have discovered the web slinging hero's true identity, Peter Parker, and captured his wife, Mary Jane Watson-Parker. Now Spider-Man must travel all over New York City, fighting criminals, thugs, minor animals and supervillains in order to save his wife and save the day.
After beating a stage, there will be scenes where Spider Man is talking to supervillains on his cell phone. The villains taunt the web slinging hero, before the stage begins.
Concept. The purpose of the game, is to guide Spider Man throughout six different levels fighting criminals, minor thugs, and supervillains in order to save his wife, Mary Jane. The bosses in this order are: Mysterio, The Hobgoblin, Scorpion, Rhino, Doctor Octopus, and finally Venom.
Design. The game is a 2D sidescrolling game, which characters are rendered in sprite animations. However, the scenarios where the villains talk to Spider Man on his cell phone, has some comic book feeling to it, which is cool of course. But the villains do not look like their comic book counterparts. The game is good, but it's very short.
Memories. In 1993, when I moved to the Dominican Republic, me and my cousin would play on either my or his Game Boy. We played Spider Man, but unfortunately, we got so fed up of it, and instead we played Tetris or Super Mario Land.
History. Spider Man was first published in the 1960's by Stan Lee for the Marvel Comics, and it became very popular, that it spawned a cartoon. Even in the 80s Spider Man came back with another cartoon, "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends". In the early 1990's another Spider Man cartoon was spawned, and it was a great show with many crossovers of the Marvel Universe such as The Punisher, X-Men, Blade, Daredevil, and even Iron Man as well. Spider Man didn't only spawned cartoons, toys, and video games, but it also spawned a live action movie in 2002, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
Rantings. What I do not like about this game is the very poor jump mechanics. The developers got too lazy with the looks of the villains as well, and they did not look like their comic book counterparts. Also, the game is excruciatingly hard that from time to time, it'll get you on your nerves. An example is Spider Man getting attacked by crocodiles in the sewers, and by birds in Central Park. Also, during wall crawling sequences, Spider Man could not attack. LAME!
Good Aspects. Well, the design is good in many stages, and the storyline was well developed. But I remember that the Green Goblin was meant to be the final boss, but they scrapped it because Spider Man was married to Mary Jane at the time, and the Green Goblin was already dead. The replay value is average, but still a good game.
Overall. The Amazing Spider Man gets a 5 out of 10.