Ultimate Spider-Man

Common Sense Media says

Adventure never gets deep and is over too soon.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players play as both Spider-Man an as the villian Venom.


All the violence is presented in a cartoonish style, but there is plenty of fighting and shooting, including one point-blank shot through a character's mouth.


Some sexy female superheroes.


The teen hero uses the language of his age group, words like "hell" and "sucks."


Nokia ads dot the game environment. The game is part of the Spider-Man franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game contains a lot of cartoonish action, including some gunplay (in one instance, a super-villain is shot through the mouth). There is no swearing but sometimes the teen hero uses the language of his age group, words like "hell" and "sucks." Players will spend some time saving people as Spider-Man, but they will also play as the evil Venom, a vampire-like monster that can only live by killing innocent bystanders. Players will also be confronted with in-game advertisements from Nokia.

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What's it about?

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN follows Peter Parker and Eddie Brock, childhood friends who have been driven apart by circumstance. While Parker fights crime as Spider-Man, Brock embraces evil power in the form of Venom, an experimental super-suit that bonds with the mind and body of its wearer. On the convoluted path leading to the confrontation of hero and villain, players tackle missions as both Spidey and Venom. Along the way, they'll battle familiar foes both good and bad, including Wolverine, Green Goblin, and Silver Sable.

Is it any good?


The story and cast is sure to please any fan of the Marvel Comics universe or super-hero comics in general. The graphics are colorful and use the cell-shading technique that makes the game feel like a playable cartoon. Cut-scenes employ the panel-by-panel style of a comic book, but they are spiced up by the fact that the animated characters can jump right out of the panel.

Unfortunately, the game falters when it comes to depth of gameplay. The story missions feel a little disjointed set among the free-roaming action that dominates the game. Most gamers will be able to finish the story mode in five or six hours. There is some replay value in the numerous city missions and in finding tokens hidden around the city, but this grows old quickly -- this is better as a rental than to buy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between playing a hero and playing a villain in video games. Is it more exciting to do bad things in a game than good things? Do games that allow bad behaviors encourage those behaviors or are they a safe outlet?

Game details

Platforms:Game Boy Advance
Available online?Not available online
Release date:September 23, 2005
ESRB rating:T for (Game Boy Advance)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bynumberoneMaximu... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Play as a hero and a villian

I enjoyed this game, but my dad made me sell it because he didn't like me being Venom. I thought it was good because there were tons of people to fight. Some of the more noticable ones are Venom (yes, you do have to fight him eventually), Carnage, Electro, Green Goblin, Silver Sable, Beetle, Rhino, Wolverine, you race human torch as Spidey, and that's about it. Spidey has a new voice that isn't in the games based off of the movies. You have to suck the energy out of bystanders as Venom (a big reason I had to get rid of the game) and save them as Spidey. Some of the fights are hard, especially the last one, and some of them require you to use your brain to figure out how to trap them (Rhino and Electro are the main ones), but once you beat the game, you can play as Spidey or Venom whenever you feel like it. Two people named Toomes and Trask are the reason Venom was created and they are the people you have to save before Venom kills them for revenge. The web-swinging is pretty fun in this game, but Venom can't web-swing: he jumps super high instead.) I thought this game was very fun and I do miss it a little bit.
Teen, 13 years old Written bychristian boy January 19, 2013

common sense are you joking?!

I played this game when i was 8!!!! this game is has comical violence yes venom does drain people of life but its all comical this game is perfect for 8+
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old March 23, 2011

spidey,venom, and a lot of other people.

Awsome game. Spidey is a smart mouth but good hero. You also play as venom witch i'm sure some parents won't approve of. Spidey uses fists and webs but venom uses claws tenacals and drains the life out of people. You must fight venom,green goblin,rhino,electro,beetle,carnage and others. Venom tries to get revenge on trask the man that created him and you must protect him and others as spiderman. Good game but possibly to short.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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