I’m a big fan of almost anything Spider-Man related. Whether it be the awesome cartoons, the film series, the comic books, cameos in other media, and of course video games. However I don’t approve of everything Spidey related, in fact my spidey-sense tingles painfully when I get something that smears the reputation of the franchise.
Now being the only Spider-Man game (that I can figure out) on the NES, it’s sometimes is overrated by its fans. I’m sure this was easier to stomach back in the day, because well, you didn’t have much more options to play as the famous Web-Slinger, now did you? They at least got the concept right, with Spiderman being able to run, punch/kick, web sling, and shoot gobs of web blasts.
That might sound all and good if you could actually control anything you could do. You won’t believe how many times I’ve gotten hurt because Spider-Man wouldn’t jump, turn left, or web sling properly. The controls seem backwards, and when they half-work most of the time, it becomes the number one reason why the game is garbage.
For example when I was fighting the first boss Electro, after you “free” him from his spot, he flies around the whole room. Spider-Man then follows and you have to try and hit him while he floats in the air throwing electric bolts at you. Except trying to hit him is like a 3 year old trying to hit a Piñata. You might manage to get a whack or two, but you’ll probably leave empty handed and embarrassed. Return of the Sinister Six is one of the worst excuses for a Spider-Man game, don’t try to sugar-coat it.
Score: 2 out of 10