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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is all about timing, knowing when and which direction to swipe. It quickly builds in speed and obstacles, though, eventually calling for near lightning-fast reflexes to achieve high scores or advanced milestones.
Violence & Scariness
Players dodge variety of obstacles and attacks from enemies. Plenty of punching, kicking, even shooting, but defeated enemies simply disappear from the screen, no blood or gore shown. Comic book visuals limit impact of violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A small number of available characters are shown in revealing costumes.
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Products & Purchases
Based on Marvel's popular Spider-Man franchise, with most characters, plot ideas pulled from the pages of various comic books. Though free-to-play, it pushes hard for players to spend real money for new virtual content or to watch ads to earn extra continues or other in-game items.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited is an endless-runner action game available for download on iOS and Android devices. Players take on the role of Marvel's web-slinger or any of many other characters from the Spider-Man universe as they run, jump, dodge, and swing their way around obstacles, beating up bad guys along the way. The game features comic book-style combat, with nameless grunts getting knocked out of the way by players and super villains using their powers before getting pummeled. There's no blood or gore in the game, though, with the art style making the entire adventure look like it was pulled straight from the comics. Although the game is free to play and players can progress without spending any actual money, it constantly throws a multitude of special offers and advertisements at the player in order to get extra content, continues, and so forth.
Is It Any Good?
This fast-paced endless runner does a great job of capturing the feel of the comic books, but the heavy push for advertising should set off players' spidey senses. Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited brings the wall crawler's web-slinging heroics to mobile platforms and puts your reflexes to the test, tossing everything at Spidey short of a kitchen sink. Obstacles drop from the sky, lasers shoot in all directions, bad guys get rocket packs AND rocket launchers, and if you manage to survive all that, there's still a big, bad villain to face. That's all before starting the cycle over again, even faster and more dangerous than before. While that seems overwhelming, the game's controls are very fluid and easy to learn. Best of all, there's never a moment when you don't actually feel like your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
As good as Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited may be, the biggest thing to get your spider sense tingling is the ever-present push to buy something. The game is constantly throwing pop-ups in your face, pressuring you to buy some sort of insane bundle filled with random extras. When the game's not pushing you to spend money, it's nudging you to watch ads for other games to continue progress during a run, add tokens, etc. On the upside, you can choose to skip out on spending or watching and still make significant progress in the game, because it's fairly generous with dishing out content like extra characters. Some of those heroes require a lot more grinding and luck to get than others, but thanks to the range of content available, you're still likely to get a decent mix of both new and familiar characters to swing through the skyline with.
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