The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin Online
Release year: 1991 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Technopop
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (Genesis)
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (AKA Spider-Man vs. the Kingpin or simply Spider-Man) is a 2D side-scrolling action video game developed by Technopop and released by Sega for the Genesis console in 1991.
The Kingpin, one of Spider-Man’s arch enemies, has planted a bomb in New York City and told everyone that Spider-Man was the one who did it. Spider-Man now has 24 hours to find the bomb and deactivate it before it blasts the whole city. However, he could not go to the bomb and switch it off. His other enemies hold the keys needed to deactivate the bomb and he needs to track them down while also finding a way to get to The Kingpin.
As Spider-Man, you run through every area while beating out the enemies you encounter. Some of them are Spider-Man’s arch rivals, an armed grunt, and even a little rat. Anything you face is your enemy. You have two ways of defeating your enemies. The first is the old-school kicking and punching. These moves are not that strong, but they are helpful in your attack because you can hit them as much as you want.
The other way is by shooting webs. However, keep in mind that you have limited supply of web. Your web meter gets reduced every time you swing or shoot an enemy with it. You can collect some items throughout the game to increase your health or provide you more web. Another way of acquiring web is to buy it. Of course, you need money to do that, so for Spider-Man to have money, you need to utilize his job as Peter Parker at the Daily Bugle, which is to take photos of his enemies.
The 24-hour limit in The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin is not 24 real hours. Time goes by faster in this game, which means you actually have only a few hours to deactivate the bomb. When the protagonist dies, you lose two hours. You can lose lives repeatedly, but that can drain the clock so quickly.
The graphics in the game are not as remarkable as other Genesis games. However, Spider-Man is still done well and the villains look good. Overall, the sprites also have good animation. The sound can be improved, though, as the tunes are not catchy.
With practice, the game is not that tough, but overall it is not that bad. In fact, it is a lot better than other Spider-Man games.
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin game has been ported to Master System, Mega Drive / Genesis (this version), Game Gear, and Sega CD.