|Spider-Man: the Video Game (arcade)|
Genre: Beat 'em up
Released: USA: 1991
|From the game's JPN flyer|
Jumping in the air, crawling on walls and clinging to the helicopter, the 3 comic book heroes and a heroine are pursuing Dr. DOOM, an incarnation of evil, by fully utilizing their ultranatural abilities.
The game is a side-scrolling beat 'em up and the fighting engine finds its own spot between the post-1989 pure input (Final Fight) and contextual (Double Dragon, TMNT) styles. There are two buttons, attack and jump, and pressing both at once while on the ground delivers a crowd-clearing attack (at the cost of some health. Regular jump kicks are performed by pressing the jump button and releasing it before pressing the attack button, while forward air attack requires the player to hold the jump button while pressing attack before reaching the max height of the jump. At certain points in the game, the camera pulls back (thanks to the Sega System 32 hardware) and the game becomes a wall-crawling platformer (with a hint of Capcom's Strider).
Trivia time: Hawkeye and Namor were very active in the arcade beat 'em up scene in 1991, as they also appear in Data East's Captain America and the Avengers (were Namor's role is non-playable, but still helpful). The giant Namor sign in chapter 1 features the logo for his then-new comic series Namor. The book was being written and pencilled by the legendary John Byrne, whose art of Namor appears on the Japanese flyer for the game and even the pic on the in-game sign looks inspired by his style. In Chapter 4, after you fight (and are annoyed by) the Sandman, you'll enter a castle room filled with weapons and suits of armor. One of those weapons is a golden axe that will look familiar to Sega fans, especially if they've played The Return of Death Adder (another of Sega's System 32 games).
THE MYSTIC POWER STONE
TROUBLE UP AHEAD! GO GET 'EM, SUPER HERO!
BIG BROTHER KINGPIN
LET'S SEE IF YOU'VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO STOP THAT ZEPPELIN FROM TAKING OFF!
THE LAIR OF THE KINGPIN
COULD THE KINGPIN BE THE MASTERMIND BEHIND IT ALL? WELL, THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT. AND THAT'S TO FACE THE 'BIG MAN' HIMSELF!
OH NO! YOU'VE CRASH-LANDED IN LATVELIA, DOOM'S HOME TURF! OH WELL, NOBODY SAID BEING A SUPER HERO WAS AN EASY JOB!
Spider-Man, Black Cat, Hawkeye, Namor|
Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, Electro, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, the Kingpin, Lizard, the Sandman, the Scorpion, Venom|
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