Hang tight, Webheads! Everyone's friendly neighborhood human arachnid swings into his second adventure for the Game Boy! Seven action-packed levels of goons, traps, and super villains await you in Spider-Man 2 by LGN.
A Web of Deceit
An astonished Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spider-Man) reads the morning paper and finds that Spider-Man has been accused of stealing millions of dollars! Sensing a frame-up by one of his arch enemies, Spider-Man must seek out the true villain, clear his name, and avoid the New York police. As Spidey, you swing high and low throughout the city on your search for clues to the real culprit. Watch out! Some of Spider-Man's most dangerous foes, such as the Hobgoblin, the Lizard, Carnage, and Graviton, are waiting for you!
Spider-Man 2 is fiendish fun that will have you crawling up the walls in no time. Run, jump, crawl, and swing through each level in search of particular items. In addition to the super villains, there are traps and obstacles everywhere. Since you start out with only three lives and there are no continues, only the best Webslingers will conquer this game.
In order to advance to the next level, you must successfully perform specific tasks. To enter locked buildings that contain important goodies, find items like crowbars, keys, door combinations, and entry cards. To defeat certain super villains, find other items, such as Goblin Sled Fuel. To keep Spidey going, search out the invaluable bonus items like extra life units, energy, and Web Fluid.
Spider-Man 2 features a few more moves than the first Game Boy game (see GamePro, June '90). The controls are very simple, and they orchestrate the smooth on-screen animation nicely. You can deliver flying kicks, execute somersaults, crawl through tight places, and climb up and down any wall. Fire Webs at enemies, or use them to climb or swing above the streets. However, your Web supply is extremely limited, so spin sparingly.
A detailed information bar that lines the bottom of your screen updates your status. Indicators include your Web Fluid supply, remaining health units, energy levels for you and your immediate foe, and a Spidey Sense alarm, which triggers whenever a super villain is near.
The Eensy Weensy Spider...
Spider-Man 2 features extremely detailed, "big-screen" graphics. Spidey looks, moves, and grooves just like in the comics! Unfortunately, sometimes the limitations of the monochrome LCD prevent I you from enjoying this game completely. For example, the information bar is often hard to read if the contrast or lighting isn't in sync.
Spider-Man 2 sticks to the comic story line and weaves a web-busting challenge. Spider-Man fans will get their wallcrawling high, but only true superheroes need apply!
- Maintain strong momentum in order to swing through a level.
- There's no time limit, so locate every item on a level. If you die, finding them next time around is a breeze.
- Bonus pickup items usually appear in clusters. If you see one, there are probably more around.
- Don't waste webbing inside buildings. Crawl up the walls instead.
Download Spiderman 2
When a mega-hit movie such as Spiderman 2 makes its video game debut, honestly I have little expectations other then a simple action game with weak gameplay. Activision however had other plans, shattering that mold with innovative gameplay, a plot that drifts far enough to not give the same story as the movie, and a great physics engine that creates realistic movements especially when swinging though the city. Spiderman 2 isn't problem free but those issues are generally overwhelmed.
Spiderman 2 is a classic third person perspective action game with one major difference. Instead of a linear experience, now the whole city of Manhattan has been opened up similar to a Grand Theft Auto format. Now as you head off to complete a mission, you'll find the opportunity to stop and help citizens in distress. Stopping is up to you, however experience points are given for completing the side-missions which can be used to upgrade Spiderman's abilities (a nice RPG touch).
Swinging through Manhattan is an experience in itself as well. There's something about fearlessly jumping off the side of a building, leaping from rooftop to rooftop almost out of control. Spiderman 2 was able to capture a real sense of the power and distance required and adds an amazingly realistic feel. Initially I found it more entertaining to swing through the city then actually complete and missions.
There are a few minor issues with the audio and video that you'll run into. The camera for instance has difficulty at times finding the correct angle, the cut scenes lack refinement and don't look natural, and the dialog in the cut scenes is 'cheesy'? and the actors sound like they just woke up. However, Bruce Campbell returns to guide Spiderman through the entire game this time, bringing his wit with him and although the level of detail could have been higher, the gameplay is strong enough to not need it anyway.
Spiderman 2 puts together a surprisingly original experience, not just relying on the license alone. If you didn't get enough Spiderman from the movie or just want a solid action game, Spiderman 2 will be well worth your time.
The original web-slinger is back for his second GameBoy adventure! Dr. Octopus is leading a crime wave and he means business. Go into the neighborhoods and stop the forces of Mysterio and Hobgoblin. Use Spidey's trusty webs and his cunning skill to stop the crime wave and restore peace, at least until Part Three appears.