A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
The Amazing Spider-Man wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
Web-slinging and fights are easy to grasp, and enemies aren't overly hard. And figuring out where to go next is clearly marked.
Violence & Scariness
The game is basically a series of fights, with other acts of violence thrown in. A car will try to run you over. Guns are fired. But players rely on their fists and web fluid to conquer enemies. No blood is ever shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Spidey wears some pretty tight tights -- and you spend a good part of the game looking at his posterior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Amazing Spider-Man is a mobile tie-in with the summer movie of the same name. While there's plenty of action and fist fights, there's no blood or anything especially graphic. The violence is well beyond cartoon violence, but not nearly as bad as some other action game offerings. It's also wise for parents to go into this game realizing it might increase children's pleas for other Spider-Man merchandise (or, at least, to take them to the film).
Is It Any Good?
While it's made for mobile devices, The Amazing Spider-Man plays like a console game. And that's a compliment. The game follows not only a solid storyline, it also offers plenty of side missions, letting players live out their Spider-Man fantasies of helping people in need.
While playable on phones, this is a game that shines on the larger screen of the iPad, where the controls are spaced well. (On smaller devices, they can be a bit tight.) There are some graphical glitches -- and the game runs slower on older devices, but at its heart, it's an enjoyable action/adventure game that will keep fans happy.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.