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The second Questprobe adventure moves on from the 'verb noun' command interface of The Hulk and allows fuller sentence inputs. The in-game graphics also see some degree of advancement. You play Spider-Man, Peter Parker's crime-fighting alter-ego, as he takes on Mysterio, who can block out Parker's Spidery senses using his canisters of poison.

As in The Hulk, the Examiner plays a key part in the game, as he initially strips Spider-Man's knowledge and prepares him for the battle. Throughout the game you meet many familiar Marvel characters, using the clues in the provided guidebook to help you deal with these situations correctly.


Spider-Man DOS credits and questprobe series number
Spider-Man ZX Spectrum Very quickly Spider Man starts encountering enemies
Spider-Man Apple II Who's that guy?
Spider-Man ZX Spectrum The game takes a short while to load. After the usual copyright information it displays this pretty screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Spiderman" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Questprobe featuring Spider-Man" -- In-game title

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 9.75 out of 10 98
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Aug, 1985 18 out of 20 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1985 8 out of 10 80
Personal Computer Games ZX Spectrum Feb, 1985 7 out of 10 70


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The game's documentation says that it will not run with any DOS version higher than 2.10.

To get the game to run under windows 95, you'll need to do a little hacking. With a hex editor, change the two bytes in the main exe file from "??" at offset AEA4 and AEA5 to "52"

It appears that the original game code was calling a very old DOS open file function that supported wildcards in the filename. It was trying to open the file "SPL52.DAT" using "SPL??.DAT" as a parameter.

Since there is only 1 SPLxx.DAT file used in the game, hard coding the ??'s to 52 works just fine!

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