I really like Spider-Man, but
Im afraid that Ill soon get sick of him with the inevitable deluge of Spidey
related merchandise that will come with the May 2nd release of the film.
Activision wisely got this game out before it could be lost in the hype of movie tie-ins.
Theyve presented a great game that feels very much like a 2-D version of their great
3-D platformer. Theres little you could ask from this game except maybe a little
Spider-Man: Mysterios Menace is a great game that is over
far too soon for my taste. The first level wowed and entertained me. I was impressed with
the tight controls, and I really appreciated the skill required to take down even the
underlings. Even the cut-scenes are fun in a hokey way. When I was finished with the first
level, I couldnt wait to see who else I would come up against and what I would have
to do. Unfortunately, there wasnt really that much left to accomplish.
There are plenty of familiar faces that pop up throughout the game. You get
plenty of bouts with Rhino, Scorpion and, of course, Mysterio. These are the villians of
my childhood, and I enjoyed the opportunity to take them down. Each boss took a slightly
different strategy to overcome which kept the game from getting too repetitive.
is a great demo game for the Game Boy Advance. Theres a surprising amount of options
at your disposal for controlling Spidey. You can run, jump, climb walls and ceiling, and
do a variety of things with your web shooters. Being able to climb walls and ceilings adds
a vertical degree of game play that helps distinguish it from the majority of side
scrolling platformers out there. There are a lot of power ups hidden throughout the levels
that add a degree of replayability. You also have the option to choose difficulty settings
to make things a little more interesting a second or third time through. My only other
complaint with the game is the lack of a battery back up. I really hate having to keep a
pad of paper next to me when I play this little guy.
controls are what really set this game apart. They are tighter than taut spider-line.
Its one of the few games Ive played where I felt like I was in absolute
control of the little character on the screen. The graphics are also top notch. There was
a great amount of care put into animating both the characters and the backgrounds.
This game is one of the reasons that the Game Boy Advance is my favorite system
on the market. Fantastic graphics, super tight controls, and a wide variety of bad guys to
take down. It didnt feel the least bit repetitive because it didnt have time
to. I would have liked to see them work in a few more of Spideys witty quips into
the game. Its one of the things that distinguishes him from so many of the other
spandex clad crime fighters. Its great to see that some comic book characters are
finally starting to get a little credit in the gaming world. I look forward to the next
Spider-Man game on the Game Boy Advance, especially if they add a few more levels to it.