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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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 & Scariness
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.
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"Crap" is uttered once; other than that there's nothing objectionable.
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Products & Purchases
Tapping the "More Games" link from the main menu leads to other Gameloft games for purchase.
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?
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.
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