Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes in the Marvel universe. His popularity has resulted in spawning a myriad of video games. Such as beat’em ups, platformers, open-world titles, and action adventures.
We will try to keep it simple by only including entries in which Spider-Man is the man. This means that you won’t see titles such as Ultimate Alliance or Marvel vs. Capcom here.
With that being said, let’s dive into every Spider-Man game ever released throughout the years.
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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man. Unlike the previous game focusing on Peter Parker, this particular one follows his young student, Miles Morales. The latter is tasked to do what his teacher has devoted his life to, to protect New York City.
Miles Morales is the first Spider-Man game to launch with a new console, and it was also a success. The combat has been improved with Miles having unique abilities under his sleeves, and the graphics were also enhanced to fit in with the PS5 technology.
After 4 years of being on hiatus, Spider-Man came back stronger than ever. Marvel’s Spider-Man is a modern take on Spidey’s adventures that succeeds at creating a balance between the movies, previous video games, and most importantly the comic itself.
As you would expect from a Sony exclusive, the game performed very well, and earned the title “Best Super Hero Game of All Time”. Critics praised the web-swinging mechanics, the combat, and the rich open world as well as the graphics. Thanks to these astounding results, the game would receive yet another successful sequel.
The Amazing Spider-Man is yet another movie-based video game that was released back in 2014. It puts you in the shoes of Peter Parker searching for his Uncle Ben’s murderer.
The 3D open-world has been noticeably improved and the graphics as well. However, the game wasn’t as well-received as its predecessor. As a result, this was the last Spider-Man game developed by Beenox.
Release Date: September 10, 2014
Platforms: iOS | Android | Windows Phone
Spider-Man: Unlimited is an endless runner video game released on mobile phones. The player controls a version of Spidey who’s running the whole time while battling on-screen enemies with a touch on the phone.
The game was later discontinued back in March 2019 after being downloaded over 30 million times.
The Amazing Spider-Man is based on the movie of the same name that was released back in 2012. The story is set a few months after the events of the original movie and it sees Spider-Man confronting supervillains like Scorpion, Rhino, and Lizard.
Surprisingly, the game was well-received with gamers praising the 3D open world and the graphics. But on the one hand, critics pointed at the lack of any challenge which made the game feel like a walk in the park.
After Shattered Dimensions’ critical success, Beenox attempted to make a sort of sequel to the latter. Edge of Tomorrow is an original story that takes inspiration from several places. It tells the story of two versions of Spider-Man: Spider-Man 2099 and Amazing Spider-Man as they unite to restore a rift in time.
While the game featured unique mechanics and an intriguing storyline, players criticized the repetitive gameplay and design.
Shattered Dimensions follows the story of the Tablet of Order and Chaos. It ends up being shattered after a conflict between Spider-Man and Mysterio. As a result, it causes problems with multiple realities across the Marvel Multiverse. At that moment, Madame Web has no choice but to call upon four versions of Spider-Man and help at restoring the balance.
The game includes four different versions of Spidey: Spider-Man 2099, Noir Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Amazing Spider-Man. Each character is playable throughout the game with their distinct playstyles and abilities.
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Platforms: iOS | Android
Total Mayhem is an action-adventure video game that was released exclusively on Android and IOS devices. The overall story takes place in the Ultimate Marvel universe and it sees Spider-Man fighting a bunch of supervillains as usual. The story is kind of generic but that is what you’d expect from a budget mobile title.
Unfortunately, Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is no longer purchasable as it was removed from both the App Store and the PlayStore. To play it, you need to find an apk file somewhere on the internet.
Release Date: July 29, 2009
Platforms: BlackBerry | Windows Phone
After years of success, it was obvious that Spidey was fated to receive a mobile game one way or another. Unsurprisingly, it happened, but the game remains obscure except for those who already purchased a BlackBerry at the day. Because anyone who owned one has certainly got their hands on Spider-Man: Toxic City. If not, other rip-offs or clones were already available.
Web of Shadows is one of the best entries in the Spider-Man games. Instead of following the footsteps of the movies, it focuses on telling an original story that takes inspiration specifically from the comic itself.
The gameplay is pretty impressive and the open world is filled with thugs who commit crimes and heists all over New York City. But that’s not what Web of Shadows is all about. It all starts when Venom encounters Spider-Man, and when he gets defeated, he vows that he will take his wrath upon Spidey and his beloved city. Spider-Man will encounter familiar figures from the Marvel universe such as Catwoman, X-Men Wolverine, as well as, several villains.
A sequel was planned for Web of Shadows, but due to poor sales, it was ultimately cancelled along with the shutdown of the original developer.
The Spider-Man games franchise finally took some rest from its emphasis on making side-scrolling entries, and it headed in a much different direction this time. When it came to the gameplay, the game felt similar to the Marvel Alliance games series.
Additionally, what makes Friend or Foe interesting is that every time Spidey defeats a villain, they become his allies. Hence, it explains the title of the game itself. At the end of that, Friend or Foe is an enjoyable beat-em-up entry in the series despite its now-dated graphics and juvenile story.
Shortly after the initial release of the Spider-Man 3 movie, it would get another tie-in movie-based video game that would release back in 2007. The game mostly followed the plot of the movie while introducing a couple of enhancements in previous games. Such as a vast world to explore, improved combat that introduced the ability to perform combos, and different kinds of powers.
The game was graphically impressive on the PS3 and the Xbox 360, but other platforms such as the PS2 and the Wii suffered from unimpressive visuals that left people dissatisfied at the time.
Battle for New York puts you in the shoes of Spidey confronting the renowned green Goblin who seeks to cause havoc on the city of New York.
Similar to previous entries where you can take control of another character, in Battle for New York you can play as either Spiderman or Green Goblin during your playthrough.
Ultimate Spider-Man is one of the best entries in the franchise due to its cel-shaded visuals that lent the game a cartoonish style compared to photo-realistic titles in the past. What’s fascinating in Ultimate Spider-Man is how players had the choice to pick between Venom and Spider-Man to roam the streets of Manhattan.
The game has aged very well because of the cartoonish graphics that sets it apart from other entries in the franchise.
Released back in 2002, Spider-Man 2 is the sequel to the game and the movie of the same name. The game was the first entry in the series and the first superhero game to incorporate an open world where players could freely explore New York City.
Instead of being nothing but a tie-in-based movie game, Spider-Man 2 includes side quests, hidden secrets, easter eggs, and roaming the streets of New York City in case one feels bored. Spider-Man 2 was ported to every hardware on the market back then, but every platform was different from the others, especially when it came to handhelds.
This particular entry is based on the movie of the same name and the Marvel Comics character. Despite emulating most of the events that happened in the movie, the aforementioned adds additional enemy types and story events.
The game was impressive when it came out. Players were capable of swinging the city’s rooftops freely without any restrictions. Additionally, the game included both indoor and outdoor levels which were not present in past entries.
After appearing multiple times on the Game Boy and the Game Boy Color, it was time for Spidey to make an appearance on the GBA as well. And as you would expect, it is yet another side-scrolling beat ’em up. Fortunately, this entry came packed with extra levels compared to its predecessors.
Mysterio’s Menace is different from other side-scrolling entries in the franchise as it introduced the ability to upgrade your weapon and your suit. New gameplay mechanics were also included such as being able to replenish your health. Mysterio’s Menace was well received with critics praising its enjoyable gameplay and fluid animations on the GBA handheld.
Another sequel to Spider-Man but this time, it’s a direct one to 2000s Spider-Man on the original PlayStation. The story continues from where the original game left off, and it sees Spider-Man attempting to stop Electro from using the Bio-Nexus Device. Our web-swinging hero’s adventure isn’t going to be easy, other supervillains will stand in his way. Including, Sandman, Lizard, Shocker, and Hammerhead.
Luckily, he’s not alone this time. Several members from X-Men will occasionally show up to lend him some help. Interestingly, the original release of this entry included a final battle on top of NYC’s twin towers. However, after the 9/11 tragedy, copies of the game were not allowed to be sold. Hence, the developers were forced to change that section completely.
To avoid all confusion, The Sinister Six is the direct sequel to the Game Boy Color version of 2000s Spider-Man. Unlike previous entries in the series where Spidey has to rescue his love, Mary Jane, this time he has to save his Aunt May from the clutches of Dr. Octopus.
The gameplay is pretty similar to previous Game Boy titles, but this time, Spidey has the ability to climb buildings. Not only that but also, the controls were improved and so were the graphics and sound effects.
After spending four years on a hiatus from video games, Spider-Man would make a strong comeback in the 2000s. Thanks to the advanced technology, Spider-Man took advantage of that to deliver a whole new experience.
Players were able to explore the 3D surrounding by swinging and crawling using Spidey’s abilities. The game was praised for its impressive graphics back then, the soundtrack, and the engaging gameplay. Even Spider-Man creator, Stan Lee was amazed by what he saw
Release Date: 1996
Developer: Brooklyn Multimedia
Publisher: BMM GmbH
Spider-Man: The Sinister Six is a pretty obscure entry that is not often mentioned these days. It could be because of two reasons: The game was released exclusively on MS-DOS, and published only in NA as well as Germany.
Several underrated characters from the Marvel Universe made a cameo appearance in this entry. Including, Daredevil, Wasp, and Chameleon. When it came to the gameplay, the game featured several levels where Spidey had to either crawl or web-swing. In addition, players get to control both Peter Parker and Spidey. Peter Parker is controlled mainly to converse with people and solving puzzles.
Web of Fire is the only entry in the series to ever set foot in the 32X system. It’s yet another side-scrolling platformer similar to what came before it.
A terrorist organization known as the H.Y.D.R.A and the New Enforcers are plotting to bury New York City under an electrical plasma grid and trap its citizens. It’s up to Spidey to confront both these organizations and thwart their plans.
Spider-Man: The Animated Series is pretty similar to The Adventures of Batman & Robin on the SNES. Both are based on their respectable animated series of the same name.
Meanwhile, the story follows Spider-Man in his mission to stop Alistair Smythe, Dr. Octopus, Alien Spider-Slayer, and The Green Goblin from causing havoc in the city of New York. The game is pretty long when compared to previous entries as it features over twenty bosses to tackle throughout the playthrough.
Separation Anxiety is the sequel to Maximum Carnage and it’s based on the Venom storyline in the Spider-Man comics back then.
The gameplay is pretty much similar to Maximum Carnage. Spidey and Venom have to team up in order to defeat the maniac Carnage once again. Luckily, other characters make cameo assistance like Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, and Daredevil.
Unfortunately, the game wasn’t as well-received as its predecessor. Critics pointed at the repetitive gameplay, the lack of cutscenes, and the confusing story.
Lethal Foes is the only title in the franchise to be released exclusively in Japan. The aforementioned is often praised for being the first Spider-Man to include the ability to swing controlling Spidey.
The story is based on the 1993 limited series The Lethal Foes of Spider-Man. It sees players controlling Spider-Man and swinging around to reach several destinations before the time limit. Within that time limit, players have to defeat various bosses in order to progress.
If you want to give this game a try anytime soon, there’s a fan English Patch that will allow you to play the game from start to finish.
Maximum Carnage is yet another side-scrolling beat ’em up in the franchise released for the SNES and Mega Drive. Similar to its predecessors, the game comes packed with known figures from the Marvel universe such as Venom, Captain America, Black Cat, Carnage, and Iron Fist.
The gameplay is pretty similar to many beat’em ups such as Double Dragon, Final Fight, and Street of Rage. Players are able to switch between Spidey and Venom as they beat the crap out of on-screen foes. Maximum Carnage is an enjoyable video game that is fondly remembered to this age.
The final entry in the Game Boy trilogy. It was released pretty much at the same time Spider-Slayer comic book.
Despite the game being considered to have the best story in the trilogy, reviewers and fans pointed at the horrible visuals. Not only that but also, the developers didn’t solve the issue with the save-in game. Unfortunately, due to its issues, many tend to forget this entry exists.
Delving further into side-scrolling video games, the SNES would receive one as well. The game kicks off with Spider-Man swinging around the city until he notices the disappearance of Wolverine, Cyclops, Gambit, and Storm. As you progress further into the game, you get the chance to play as four kidnapped X-Men.
When it came to reviews, the scores for this particular entry ranged from average to mediocre. Many praised the impressive graphics and the soundtracks but hated the awkward controls.
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six is the first game to hit the NES back in 1992. The story and the gameplay were pretty identical to previous side-scrolling entries. However, the game was released during the last days of NES’s lifespan.
As a result, the game didn’t get much attention, hence explaining the low sales figures. Those who played it were pretty upset with the controls, the generic graphics, and once again, the hellish difficulty that left players feeling underwhelmed.
The direct sequel to the original release on the Gameboy. The gameplay is pretty much identical to the previous game as you would expect.
You take the role of Spidey who is once again framed for a crime he did not commit. To clear his name, he has to find the responsible for that mess. Spidey must go through several levels filled with known bosses that will try their utmost effort to thwart Spider-Man’s efforts to clear his name.
Unfortunately, the sequel wasn’t as well-received as its predecessor due to a bunch of issues. Including the lack of in-game saves, the controls, and the brutal difficulty.
Release Date: 1991
Platforms: Arcade (Sega Master System 32)
The success of Spider-Man games on Sega has resulted in the release of an Arcade title specifically on the Sega Master System 32.
The story is pretty much based on Marvel Comics, and it follows Spider-Man and his allies fighting a myriad of enemies to retrieve a mystical artefact from the Kingpin and Doctor Doom. What’s good about the Arcade release is that players are able to choose between 4 different heroes, but each of them leads to the same ending anyway.
Spider-Man: The Video Game was a critical and commercial success. Many praised the incredible graphics, the effects, the soundtracks, and the engaging gameplay. To this day, people still remember it wholeheartedly.
Diving deep into Spider-Man games, this particular entry is yet another side-scrolling action game that saw Peter Parker trying to rescue Mary Jane from the clutches of Venom. Not only that but also, Spidey has to clear his name after being framed by the Kingpin for stealing a nuclear bomb.
In Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin, you’re in a race against time. Spidey must find keys that can deactivate the bomb within a time limit of 24 hours. After the success of this particular, it was ported to several Sega platforms at the time. And since the game sold well, Marvel was happy to renew its licensing deal with Sega.
The Amazing Spider-Man on the original Game Boy is a port of the original Amiga game, but with some slight changes. The story is pretty identical to the Amiga game where Parker has to rescue his wife.
However, this time Parker isn’t battling Mysterio. Instead, he would take on a bunch of villains such as Venom, Doctor Octopus, Scorpion, and plenty more towards the end. The Amazing Spider-Man received very well, and it would go on to receive two sequels for the Game Boy.
Release Date: 1990
Developer: Oxford Digital Enterprises
Publisher: Paragon Software
Platforms: Amiga | MS-DOS | Commodore 64 | Atari ST
Not to be confused with 2012’s Spiderman, this next entry in the series is a 2D side-scrolling platformer published by the now-defunct Paragon Software. The latter developed a handful of titles such as Space: 1889, X-Men II: The Fall of the Mutants, and The Punisher.
Spider-Man’s goal this time is to rescue his beloved Mary Jane from the hands of the wicked Mysterio. Spider-Man’s journey isn’t going to be easy. He must solve several puzzles and go through various levels to save Mary Jane.
Release Date: 1989
Developer: Paragon Software
Publisher: Empire Software & Medalist International (UK) | Paragon Software Corporation (US)
Platforms: Amiga | Amstrad CPC | Atari ST | Commodore 64 | DOS | ZX Spectrum
The next entry in the Spider-Man series of games would be a side-scrolling action game released in 1989 for systems such as Commodore64, ZX Spectrum, Amiga, and Atari ST. This particular entry in the series was one of the earliest titles to include switching between two heroes at the end of each battle: Spider-Man and Captain America.
Additionally, it featured a myriad of supervillains. Some of them are known figures while others are relatively minor characters in the Marvel universe. For example, Grey Gargoyle, Machete, Oddball, Electro, Rhino, Batroc the Leaper, and Doctor Doom.
It’s worth noting that despite the many known figures the game has, the story isn’t as provocative as the source material.
Release Date: 1984
Developer: Adventure International
Publisher: Adventure International
Platforms: Apple II | Atari 8-bit | Commodore 64 | DOS | Acorn Electrum | ZX Spectrum | MSX
Questprobe is a trilogy of graphical adventure video game series featuring known marvel heroes such as the Hulk, and the Fantastic Four as well as our Spider-Man. Developed and published by Adventure International back in 1984, the game puts you in the shoes of Spidey as he goes through a series of story-based events using text commands.
Adventure International had plans to make Questprobe a twelve-part series, but unfortunately, after releasing the original trilogy, the publisher went bankrupt. The closure of Adventure International resulted in future projects being cancelled including the already coded X-Men game.
The first-ever Spider-Man videogame was released almost 40 years ago, in the distant 1982 for the Atari 2600 and the Magnavox Systems. This entry in the series is considered one of the first superhero games in history where gamers were capable of controlling our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man for the first time.
Looking back, the objective of the game was to climb buildings while blasting your enemies with webs. The game also included diffusing bombs while avoiding getting hit by your foes.
Despite the game being old compared to today’s standards, it was actually pretty impressive due to its outstanding visuals at the time.
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