Spider-Man: Total Mayhem

 
Straightforward brawler does justice to comic book hero.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Controls work smoothly, with the left thumb used to move the character and the right thumb to attack and jump. Some scenarios, like jumping onto moving platforms, require a certain amount of hand-eye coordination.

Violence

Spider-Man defeats his foes using kicks and punches. Baddies come at him with knives, baseball bats, bombs, etc. Players are encouraged to destroy scenery and environments to earn red orbs that are used to increase stats. There is no blood; defeated enemies just fall down and disappear.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

"Crap" is uttered once; other than that there's nothing objectionable.

Consumerism

Tapping the "More Games" link from the main menu leads to other Gameloft games for purchase.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is an arcade-style beat 'em up inspired by the Spider-Man comic books (not the movie starring Tony Maguire). Spider-Man faces off against some of his biggest enemies after an explosion releases them from incarceration. The explosion also releases a venom that causes ordinary citizens to become violent. Fighting against bad guys is the core game mechanic, although the violence is bloodless. Spider-Man can also rescue citizens to earn extra life and experience points.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Through superb graphics and fluid controls, SPIDER-MAN: TOTAL MAYHEM brilliantly captures the essence of the comic book hero. As Spider-Man, players will swing from lamp posts, ensnare foes in gooey webs, use spidey sense to anticipate enemy attacks, and scale huge skyscrapers. The beat 'em up formula (enter area, defeat all baddies, move on to next area) gets repetitive eventually, but replay value is ensured through unlockable comic book art, the ability to take pictures during boss battles (a nod to Spidey's alter ego, newspaper photographer Peter Parker), and multiple difficulty modes to master.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$6.99
Release date:September 1, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Topics:Superheroes
Publisher:Gameloft
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.0 or later, Android 2.1

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Adult Written bybuketserefli February 2, 2015
age 9+
 
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 9 year old Written byronitld March 30, 2013
age 8+
 

about the symbiotes

There are some scary venom creatures that utter phrases such as:"raaah","BEAH","venomhh","were coming to get you",and,"he's over there"...! All in a VERY scary voice.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic March 16, 2012
age 8+
 

Great Game - with action and some violence required

Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is an app that you can download on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Violence: 1.5/5. Sex: 0/5. Bad Language: 0.5/5. Drinking, drugs and smoking: 0/5.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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