The Amazing Spider-Man (handheld video game)

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For the video game also released in 1990, see The Amazing Spider-Man (1990 video game). For the video game also released on handhelds, see The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 video game).
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man
European cover art
Developer(s) Rare
Composer(s) David Wise[1]
Series Spider-Man
Platform(s) Game Boy
Release date(s)
  • NA: July 1990
  • EU: 1990
Genre(s) Beat 'em up, action
Mode(s) Single-player

The Amazing Spider-Man is the title of a video game released for the original Nintendo Game Boy. It was published in 1990 by LJN (a subsidiary of Acclaim Entertainment), and developed by Rare Ltd. It is a platform side scrolling action game.

It was followed by two sequels, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man 3: Invasion of the Spider-Slayers.


Spider-Man's most dangerous super villains have discovered his secret identity, Peter Parker, and kidnapped his wife, Mary Jane. The action game takes the player through various city locations, battling an assortment of minor thugs, animals, and a supervillain at the end of each level who, through intermission scenes, will taunt Spider-Man as to the whereabouts of his wife.[2]


Spider-Man - main character - Peter Parker, bitten by a radioactive spider, now fights crime as the Amazing Spider-Man. He begins the game through a phone call with Mysterio, who tells him that his wife, Mary Jane, has been kidnapped. Spider-Man travels through the city, fighting criminals and arch-villains in an attempt to get Mary Jane back.
Mary Jane Watson-Parker - Also known as M.J., Mary Jane is the wife of Peter Parker. She has been kidnapped by Spider-Man's worst enemies.


  • Mysterio - This former special effects wizard appears to know Spider-Man's true identity, and uses that knowledge to trap him.
  • The Hobgoblin - He drops pumpkin bombs on Spider-Man while flying through the air on his goblin glider.
  • Scorpion - He taunts Spider-Man into entering the subway, where he uses his prehensile tail to try to impale Spider-Man.
  • Rhino - Through Central Park and at the dead end in an alleyway, the Rhino uses his massive weight to try to run Spider-Man through.
  • Doctor Octopus - A brilliant doctor before an accident fused mechanical arms to his body, Doctor Otto Octavius uses his new appendages to try to stop Spider-Man.
  • Venom - The true abductor of Mary Jane, Eddie Brock has had it out for Peter Parker even before he bonded with an alien symbiote. He has powers similar to Spider-Man, using webbing to his advantage during their sewer battle.


A typical left-to-right panning interlude between levels. Spider-Man is on the left and Scorpion on the right.
One of the wallcrawling sections.

Spider-Man has three extra lives and three continues. The intermission scenes between each level feature Spider-Man trading catchy barbs with a supervillain on a cell phone or a walkie-talkie to find out where he should go next.

Spider-Man can jump a normal and a double height. When he double-jumps, he can swing on a web. This can only be done for a short time until the web-meter runs out. Spider-Man's primary standing attack is a solid punch to the jaw. While crouching, Spider-Man can do a low, side kick. While jumping in the air, Spider-Man can do a side kick. While standing still, Spider-Man can shoot a glob of webbing from his wrists. This slightly depletes his web-meter.

In the two vertical levels, Spider-Man climbs up the side of a building, and will "buzz" with his spider sense, indicating that the player should move Spider-Man out of the way of possible falling objects.

Web vials are used to restore Spider-Man's web-meter, since his webbing is in limited supply. They are dropped by henchmen throughout the levels. Hamburgers restore some of Spider-Man's health meter.


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