Spider-Man vs The Kingpin

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a game by Sega
Genres: Action, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, Sega Master SystemSega Master System, GameGear
Editor Rating: 7.2/10, based on 5 reviews
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See also: Comics Games, Spider-Man Games
Spider-Man vs The Kingpin
Spider-Man vs The Kingpin
Spider-Man vs The Kingpin

Arachnid aficionados arise!!! After months of sneak peeks, a certain web-slinging superhero has finally made it to the video game screen, and it's well worth the wait! Sega's Spider-Man for the Genesis is a visually stunning and extremely challenging game that should please any hardcore gamer! So, grab your Web Shooters and swing on!

So Much to Do, So Little Time

The Kingpin has hidden a nuclear bomb somewhere within the city, but he's publicly accused our hero of planting it. Spider-Man must locate and diffuse the bomb before half the city ends up in the upper stratosphere. To diffuse the radioactive menace, Spider must collect the five keys that control the bomb's detonator. To protect his evil scheme, the Kingpin has hired a Spider-Man rogues gallery of arch-villains: Doctor Octopus, the Lizard, Electro, Sandman, the Hobgoblin, and Venom.

ProTip: Doc Ock can only harm you with his tentacles. Stay between his tentacles and use Doc's face as a speed bag!

As Spider-Man you must swing and punch your way through seven grueling levels, which cover such varied locales as an abandoned warehouse, the rat-infested city sewers, the city power plant, and the city park. Each level has its own distinctive enemies and challenges with a super villain waiting at the end. Oh, by the way, you only have 24 hours in which to make it all the way through, or all your efforts will have been for nothing! Hey, no one ever said the superhero biz was easy!

  • The Lizard can only attack with his tail. Use the Web Shield to force him into a corner and keep punching him until you take him out.

  • Swing above the toxic sewage waste which saps your life meter!

  • Continuously jumping covers more territory than simply walking or crawling. This saves Web Fluid and time.

  • It takes two hits to eliminate a rat.

"With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility"

Spider-Man was born when, as Peter Parker, he was accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider and became endowed with spider powers.

Use your Web Shield to force Electro into a corner. Make sure you're standing on a non-metal surface since Electro zaps mega currents through all metal. Stay low and hit him repeatedly with web shots.

As Spider you can stick to any surface, climb walls, and even sit upside down. This is an extremely useful ability, since most of your enemies are gravity-bound.

With the aid of your Web Shooters, you can swing across vast spaces and dangerous terrain, take out enemies from afar, or create an impenetrable Web Shield, which renders you momentarily invincible.

Use the Web Shield option whenever you venture into new, uncharted territory. It could provide you with the few seconds you need to duck out of sudden danger!

Your supply of Web Fluid is limited, so exercise extreme prudence when you use it. Creating Web Shields and swinging on web lines is the quickest way to eat up fluid, so use them only when it's absolutely necessary.

Spider-Man's alter ego, Peter Parker, is an ace photojournalist for the Daily Bugle. You have at least three opportunities to take pictures of the action on each level. Pictures of villains warrant high payments from the Bugle, which in turn enable you to buy more Web Fluid at the end of each level. What's amazing is that you actually take screen grabs of the action occurring onscreen the moment you snap the picture! You've got to see this to believe it!

You're awarded an extra photo shot every time you fully replenish your life meter.

Spider-Man can return home as Peter Parker to replenish his life meter, however, this move isn't recommended since the 24-hour clock runs down three times as fast in this mode. Spider is better off searching a level for hidden power-ups since returning home also returns you to the beginning of the level!

  • Super villain snapshots net the highest amount of money. Take them as soon as they appear.

  • Not all power-ups provide the same amount of energy for the life meter. Learn which ones are useful and which ones aren't!

A Faithful Adaptation

Comic book fans will be thrilled by Sega's faithful adaptation of the Spider-Man mythos. Spider looks, moves, and fights exactly as he does on the four-color newsprint page. The villains are all consistent with their comic book counterparts and the graphics are stunning! The eerie soundtrack is appealing, and the sound of the Web Shooters is just like the "THWPTT!" sound in the comics! You'll think that the comic book has come to life on your TV screen.

Simply put, Sega's Spider-Man is a visual feast and a challenging delight! It's various difficulty options make this game accessible to gamers of all skill levels. Spider-Man is fast, dynamic, and exciting, just as you'd expect. You'll go "buggy" over this game!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Sega Master System

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Available: 1992
  • No. of Levels: 8
  • Theme: Action


It should be, because that wonderful web-slinger is about to hit the portable market in an adventure all his own!

Similar to the Genesis version, Spidey learns of the Kingpin's plot to detonate a bomb to destroy Manhattan! Not only that, but he has entrusted the detonator keys to Spidey's enemies: Venom, the Lizard, Electro, Hobgoblin, the Sandman, Doc Oc and many more! Use your punches, kicks and especially your web to defeat the Kingpin's forces. Take photos and get money to buy more web! With great power comes great responsibility!

Your friendly neighborhood spider-man is swinging his way to the Game Gear. That nasty Kingpin has gone on television and spread some nasty rumors about Spidey planting a bomb.

If Spiderman is to clear his name, he will have to travel through the Kingpin's underground and wipe out his henchmen.

Use webs, punches and kicks to stop the major foes and bosses. You can also just swing completely over the enemies to avoid them.


Spiderman VS Kingpin - The game is centered around a diabolical plot by the Kingpin, who has planted a bomb that will go off in 24 hours. Never one to reveal his true nature, he tells the citizens of New York via TV appearance that Spider-man is responsible for the bomb. Spidey has 24 hours to find the keys necessary to disarm it and save the city. In order to get these keys, Spider-Man will have to defeat some of his greatest rivals; some of who have keys and some who don’t, but he must beat all of them in order to find out where the evil Kingpin is. The game features some of his most classic foes: the Lizard, the Sandman, the evil symbiote Venom, Doctor Octopus, Electro, and the Hobgoblin. Spidey must remain focused on the task at hand, he only has one day to disarm the bomb and save the city. The control in the game is simply amazing. All of Spidey’s abilities can be done via the simple three-button control scheme. You shoot webbing with the A button, which has many variations. You can swing on the webbing, make a web shield or bolo that spreads across a wider area than a regular shot of webbing. You can also make a continuous stream of webbing that encases an adversary to the point of incapacitation. Given the game’s liberal webbing system, this technique is quite effective at disposing of small-time foes. Hand-to-hand combat is handled with the B button and you can punch or kick others until they're knocked senseless. There are various techniques you can use by simply incorporating the webbing, and/or the hand-to-hand combat. You can tie up your foe with a shot or two of webbing to secure them in their place, then punch or kick them, or you can also simply punch them out. Doing this, however, equates to an unnecessary risk as opposed to just tying them up. The latter method is more risky, but, it disposes of foes in a faster fashion if executed correctly. The C button is used to jump; you can simply jump from place-to-place, or you can do a jump kick to get to where you want to go. This adds some security for when you jump towards enemies. The controls are extremely responsive and the on-screen action will occur immediately following a button press. This kind of immediate response is crucial to a Spidey game, since his character relies on lightning-fast reflexes to survive.

Snapshots and Media

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots

Sega Master System Screenshots

GameGear Screenshots