The Amazing Spider-Man (universal) by Gameloft isn isn’t Spider-Man’s first adventure on iOS, but it definitely feels like the first ‘true’ Spidey experience. Sure, the first iteration was fun, but with the open world of the official tie-in game for the upcoming movie, The Amazing Spider-Man takes mobile comic book action to the next level.
Fans of Spider-Man 2 from the old days of PlayStation 2 will jump right into the sandbox NYC in The Amazing Spider-Man, slinging webs between buildings and flying around to complete different missions, defeating bad guys and picking up hidden collectibles along the way.
Thankfully, Amazing isn’t satisfied with being a simple move cash-in. The game has over 25 different missions to play through, and features a really impressive skill tree for players to upgrade through. The skill system adds an interesting, almost RPG-like system of leveling up and improving Peter Parker’s super hero abilities, adding a lot of character customization most tie-ins wouldn’t bother with.
For iPhone 4S and new iPad users, Amazing Spider-Man looks and runs at a pretty solid frame-rate, taking the occasional dip here and there when trying to render the different textures on-screen while flying around the city. Users of older devices play at your own risk – I was able to get it running on my 4th generation iPod Touch, but not without lag and some serious visual downgrades in terms of draw distance and texture pop-in.
Frame rate hiccups aside, The Amazing Spider-Man is a surprisingly deep action title with hours of web-slinging, baddie punching fun for players to enjoy while they wait for the movie to release. A great addition to any hardcore iOS gamer’s collection, a quality title that goes above and beyond the typical expectations for an App Store movie tie-in.