Image via WikipediaGreen Goblin and others have broken out of Triskelion, and they are messing up Manhattan, home of Spiderman! Parker / Spiderman must beat a ton of evil minions, jump and web his way through the missions, and defeat the super-villains! This is basically a beat-em-up, with bonus stuff thrown in, and it's a pretty good one, with good graphics, action, and other things. This could be one of the best superhero game on mobile ever.
The game is 3D, but actually plays like an isometric beat-em-up, such as Double Dragon or Vigilante. You move "up-down" on the play field, and left / right as well, though you actually always progress from left to right, complete with a "Go!" sign when you've finished all the enemies in the segment. The cool part is the scene transitions, when isometric level actually show you making a 45 or 90 degree turn, and end up in another segment. This reinforces the 3D idea while keeping the game 2D. The occasional wall climbing and building jumping also helps in that regard.
All the Spidey moves are here. Web shooting, web swinging, acrobatic fighting, jump into air and continue beat-up, shoot web to drag enemy over then throw them, and so on. And of course, the spider-sense warnings. Enemies near, falling objects,, boss attack warning... all there.
I admit I'm not completely familiar with the Spiderman lore, other than the movies, so some of the villains like Rhino, Electro, and so on are not familiar to me, but they all represent unique challenges for Spiderman to fight, as each require different tactics, but basically they all have vulnerability, so it's pretty much dodge their attacks, wait until they "recharge", go in and beat-em-up, repeat when ready. Minions like thugs, goons, robots, and more abound.
Scattered throughout the levels are powerups. If you collect enough "golden spiders", you can improve Spiderman's powers in one of three areas: power, stamina, and special. (Special releases special attacks that freezes all enemies on screen) There are also hidden "comic books" throughout the levels that you can collect which will unlock more stuff. There's also heal and extra life stuff, as well as "special attack" which ties up all opponents for a few seconds, giving you time to wrap them up.
Between missions, you get a "bonus round" where you can collect as much bonus items on the level as you can.
Like most games now, this game has "achievements", like "collect 100 golden spiders", "defeat 200 enemies", and so on.
The graphics are good, very "comic-like", except YOU are controlling the action! Sound is adequate to above average. The plot is your typical "bad guys have escaped and Spiderman must clean up the city one portion at a time, which trying to keep girl-friend happy" Spiderman story, but so far it is well executed. The game is not TOO difficult at least early on, but later gets really hectic as you have to remember how to do throws instead of beat-downs, as some enemies explode when dead.
On the other hand, you can't help but feel that at the bottom of it all, it's just really a beat-em-up. Albeit a well-done one.
All in all, this is probably the best superhero game on mobile yet. I'll give it an 7.5/10, but not any higher, as it's still not much more than a beat-em-up.
Overall rating: 7.5 out of 10
One-liner: one of the best superhero game on mobile yet
Pros: good looking game with a lot of proper beat-em-up action
Cons: it's still just a beat-em-up, not much more