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Title: Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin
Rom Player: Gens
Reviewer: Zomboid

Synopsis: A lot of Spider-Man games have been made over the years but there have only been a few that have captured the fun of web slinging and such. This was probably the first one that did.

There's a pretty basic plot to this game and I'll explain it here. The Kingpin (before he shrank and changed race for the daredevil movie) has got the city believing that Spider-Man is a criminal and that he set a bomb to level the entire city in exactly 24 hours from the time you start the game (don't worry, it takes a really long time for that to run out and it's a short game). Of course it was Kingpin that set the bomb, but you need to solve the problem yourself. There's five keys you need to get from assorted villains to disarm the bomb.

There's a level for each key and then some, but each one is pretty short and kind of bland. There's enemies scattered around each level and they can usually shoot you at an annoyingly fast rate so you'll need to be careful if you plan on simply swinging through to the boss. There aren't only gunmen though, there are a few other enemies that can be pretty annoying too and it's usually better to avoid them. At the end of each level there's a boss or two that you need to beat to get the key for that area.

As for Spider-Man himself, he's very easy to move around and you'll pick up the controls very quickly. It's important to utilize the classic web swing move because you can avoid enemies and obstacles easily. There are some levels where you can't just do that though, and you'll sometimes need to crawl on the walls and ceiling to avoid certain enemies if you don't feel like fighting them. Of course if you do want to fight, there are a couple things you can do to make that easier too. One of them is simply staying away from the enemy and shooting web at them. It's not as strong as normal attacks but it does the job. To make a web shield, which pretty much makes you invincible for 2 or 3 hits, you only have to select it from your pause menu and then press your web button back in the main game. There are a couple other things in the pause menu that you use the same way but you probably won't use either of them as much. One is a Peter Parker icon that lets you go back to your house to heal up. When you do that, you're just in a room watching as the time goes down faster than usual and your health goes up. It's not the only way to heal, because there's little pick-ups scattered throughout the levels for health and web fluid, but it's the fastest. The other pause menu option is a camera that you can use to take pictures of enemies and bosses to get money at the end of the level. You can't really buy anything with it though. It's just the way the game explains your web bar getting filled up at the end of the level. Bosses get something like 150 and sub bosses get a little less. It's only worth it if you like to waste your webbing and constantly need to refill. Overall it's a short but fun game you can beat in an hour or so.

The graphics aren't very good at all and a lot of people will be turned off by them but if you get past them it's worth it.

The sounds and music are pretty average too. It's got some music that's alright but doesn't really add anything to the game.

Game Play: 8
It's a very fun game, especially for the year it was made. Not the best Genesis game or anything, but worth playing anyway.

Graphics: 4
Try to tolerate the graphics. The game was made in like '91, so it's understandable.

Sound: 6
Average, but there's some music I kinda like.

Originality: 7
Pretty original for the year it was made if you consider the web slinging, but there's not much more to it than that.

Overall: 7
Despite some flaws, it's a pretty good game overall.

Best Cheats: Go to the options screen and put spidey by the level option. Hold START on CONTROLLER 2 and hold A+B+C on CONTROLLER 1. While holding those buttons, press UP on CONTROLLER 1 then UP/RIGHT on CONTROLLER 1. You should see 3 exclamation marks next to the level now. Finish selecting your options and start the game

Now to access the cheat, pause the game and:

1) press A to max your web
2) press B to max your health
3) press C to get 5 seconds of invincibility
4) press A+B+C to go the next level

*not tested*

Game Play: 8
Graphics: 4
Music/Sound: 6
Originality: 7
Overall Rating: 7

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