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Spider-Man

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
79
3.9
Windows
65
3.5
Macintosh
73
4.4
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Description

Spider-Man is the first 3D game to star the popular web-slinger. It is loosely based on Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Spider-Man Unlimited and features some of the voice cast from each and similar character designs.

Peter Parker is attending a demonstration of the reformed Dr. Otto Octavius's new invention when an imposter Spider-Man steals the device. Spider-Man must work to clear his name and uncover the sinister motives behind the device's theft.

This game features appearances not only by most major Spider-Man characters, but cameos by numerous other characters from the Marvel Universe, such as the Human Torch, Punisher, Daredevil and Captain America.

Spider-Man's webs are greatly emphasized. He can use them both for navigational purposes, like swinging or ziplining, and for offensive and defensive combat, such as tying up a villain, coating his fists with web for extra oomph, or building a protective shield. His web supply is limited though and he must find new cartridges or risk running out. The wall-crawling powers are also prominently features. Spider-Man can cling to any wall or ceiling. This is used for basic environmental navigation and for stealth as there are many sequences where you crawl over the heads of unsuspecting thugs, or drop down and catch them off-guard.

Combat is based around Spider-Man's ability to jump, kick, punch and web. By combining these with direction and in various combinations, Spider-Man is able to throw objects such as furniture, hurl web balls, yank enemies into melee range and follow up with a flurry of hits, among other things. There are a number of boss-battles as well, all of which are puzzle-based.

Missions vary from the fairly common fight-your way-to-the-goal or find-the-key-that-unlocks-the-door types to races to catch some or evade them or just trying to avoid the police.

There are several side goals in addition the main mission including multiple unlockable Spider-Man costumes and numerous hidden comic book covers to find.

Screenshots

Spider-Man Windows In the Target Practice training mode, Spidey must attack (cardboard cutouts of?) foes while avoiding his friends.
Spider-Man PlayStation Main menu.
Spider-Man Windows Run Jonah, run!
Spider-Man Windows You can zip-line up to the top of a ceiling.

Alternate Titles

  • "蜘蛛侠" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ספיידרמן" -- Hebrew spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Enjoyable game, but watch out for bugs! Windows Madotsuki (735)
Decent game ruined by poor design choices and bugs. Windows Rekrul (51)
"Spins A Web Any Size, Catches Thieves Just Like Flies..." Dreamcast MasterMegid (900)
Do whatever a spider can ! PlayStation DANIEL HAWKS ! (1928)
Spidey lives! Windows Zovni (9384)
Too easy, too short. Windows MrSuperGod (58)
Best Spider-man game to date! PlayStation James Kirk (159)
A good mix of action and adventure. PlayStation Jim Fun (222)

The Press Says

WomenGamers.com PlayStation Dec 12, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
SegaFan.com Dreamcast Dec 15, 2001 7.9 out of 10 79
GameSpot PlayStation Aug 25, 2000 7.7 out of 10 77
Gamezilla Dreamcast Jun 27, 2001 75 out of 100 75
Peliplaneetta.net Windows Oct 24, 2001 70 out of 100 70
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 2001 67 out of 100 67
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 Jan 10, 2001 6.5 out of 10 65
AppleLinks.Com Macintosh Feb 20, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamekult PlayStation Sep 21, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Nov, 2001 59 out of 100 59

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Trivia

After unlocking the storyboards, if you look at the last one, you can see that the Lizard was meant to be in the final cutscene.

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Contributed to by Corn Popper (69521), Kartanym (10785), Jason W. Owen (10) and Jim Fun (222)