Friday, December 3, 2010

Spider-Man: Toxic City (Mobile) Review

Your friendly neighborhood Spidey on the go!

First off, Spider-Man: Toxic City takes place in the Ultimate Spider-Man universe, so if you like the Ultimate Spider-Man like I do then continue reading the review. Toxic City is a 2D side scrolling action adventure beat em up platformer and plays like most 2D side scrolling games like Double Dragon. To play, you have to turn your phone on its side and play it like a Game boy, which I thought which was pretty cool. There's two buttons on the right side of the phone, one for jump and one for attack, on the other side is the d-pad which can move you in 8 different directions, I had some trouble with the D-pad and I honestly think the game would have been better off with a 4 way D-pad, but what the game has is still alright, not perfect, but it takes some getting used to. Now I bet you're asking why is it called Toxic City? Well, in the game Green Goblin releases toxic gas into New Jersey. Yes. It starts in New Jersey and was suppose to get into New York and I guess the world after? He never mentioned the world, only New Jersey & New York. In the game, you come across classic Spidey villians such as Green Goblin, Rhino, Electro, Vulture. BUT when I went go to download this game, I saw screenshots of (Ultimate version of) DOCTOR OCTOPUS in the game and Spidey in the black suit. In the game, there is no Doctor Octopus. Not even a mention of him. Also, is there a black suit in the game? How the hell do you unlock it? I saw it in a screenshot along with Doctor Octopus. I loved the game Gameloft but I want answers! Where's Doctor Octopus & the black suit? The game can be beat in about 1 - 2 hours if you keep at it. The levels are pretty long and somewhat challenging. There's comics to find and unlock, achievements to earn and so on. BUT here's another downer, when you find a comic in the game, you go to your unlockables in the menu, and instead of seeing that comic cover or some sort of artwork, all you get is the comic title, number and who worked on it. What the hell type of unlockable is that?!?! That's complete bs right there and collecting comic books in the game isn't that satisfying knowing I'm not getting much out of it. In the end, this is a $7 game. Is it worth it? Yes, if you're a Spidey fan and you love playing games on your phone. This is a good way to keep your mind off of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions but with Gameloft lies in the screenshots and unsatisfying unlockables, Spider-Man: Toxic City for mobile phones is a 7.5 out of 10.

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