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Spider-Man

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
79
3.9
PlayStation
81
4.0
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 to the main mission including multiple unlockable Spider-Man costumes and numerous hidden comic book covers to find.

Screenshots

Spider-Man Windows He must do the same without a time limit in the Survival training mode.
Spider-Man Windows Main Menu
Spider-Man Nintendo 64 Main menu.
Spider-Man Windows Our hero has the heavy burden of collecting medallions in the Item Collection training mode.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Enjoyable game, but watch out for bugs! Windows Madotsuki (736)
Decent game ruined by poor design choices and bugs. Windows Rekrul (51)
"Spins A Web Any Size, Catches Thieves Just Like Flies..." Dreamcast MasterMegid (897)
Do whatever a spider can ! PlayStation DANIEL HAWKS ! (1928)
Spidey lives! Windows Zovni (9366)
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

Just Adventure PlayStation 2001 A 100
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation Oct 19, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Nintendo 64 Nov 22, 2000 7.8 out of 10 78
Gamesmania Windows Dec 03, 2001 69 out of 100 69
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 Jan 10, 2001 6.5 out of 10 65
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Sep 25, 2001 13 out of 20 65
Gamezilla Windows Oct 22, 2001 63 out of 100 63
ActionTrip Windows Oct 26, 2001 55 out of 100 55
Game Revolution Nintendo 64 Jan 01, 2001 C 50
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 2001 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

Spider-Man uses the same game engine as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Spidey also was a hidden character in THPS2.

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