The Amazing Spider-Man (by Gameloft) was apparently rushed to market to beat the movie release, and while a decent game overall — this app misses really high marks for a few reasons. The release of Asphalt 7: Heat a week earlier was well received, especially with a $0.99 sale price, but not without a few flaws of its own, but overall — excellent. Fast forward one week later and we get The Amazing Spider-Man, in advance of the big summertime movie release for the same titled movie, and all I could think after getting my hands on this game was that this game was rushed to market. Yes, the game does provide some generally decent fun, but there are way too many flaws to be totally enjoyable, and it appears that most blogs will not tell you about this, apparently not wanting to offend Spider Man or Gameloft (so it would seem).
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The overall objective in this game is to sling Spider Man from building to building using a variety of web abilities while completing missions and challenges. There is plenty of fighting in between and extras after level 6 is reached. But, the graphics go all wonky once Spider Man gets too close to any object or building, in fact, he is designed to become invisible — which is weird when playing. There are other issues with the graphics, but at times I found myself zipping around New York aimlessly. I can deal with this, but where the game really gets stupid is the horrible speaking lines that they have crammed into Spider Man’s mouth. He looks tough but says things like “Hey Buster, you’re gonna pay,” while sounding like some little elementary school student, similar to Peter Brady. This gets especially weird when he is fighting large muscle-head bad guys and you hear his wimpy voice pipe in with “Hey Meanie, you stop that” (okay, an exaggeration — but not much).
The scenario makes it appear (to me) that Gameloft probably did not have the game complete, but was pressured to launch ahead of schedule due to the upcoming same name movie release, so they kicked this game out the door early. The price is on par for most Gameloft game releases, but I guess with the cut-rate deal on Asphalt 7: Heat, I expected a bit more of a deal on The Amazing Spider-Man, but that was not the case, and surprisingly there has not been an update yet to fix a montage of problems. If you’re any kind of an avid gamer, you’re going to regret purchasing this app at the current price of $6.99. Do yourself a favor and wait until the app goes on sale, then it may be worth it. Be sure to watch the iPad video app review for a look at The Amazing Spider-Man iPad gameplay.
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