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Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin
Publisher:
Sega Master System
Sega,
Sega Game Gear
Flying Edge
Developer:
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
US
$? ?
Sega Master System
UK
£29.99[1] 7065
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7065
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7065
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7065
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 025290



Sega Game Gear
US
$34.95[3] T-81028
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.99[5] T-81028-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-81028-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-81028-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-81028-50



Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin, commonly referred to as just Spider-Man or Spiderman, is a platform video game based on the Spider-Man Marvel comic book series released for the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear in 1991 and 1992 respectively. The Master System version was released at the same time as a Sega Mega Drive version, which although follows the same plot, is a different game to this version.

Story

The infamous criminal known as The Kingpin has planted a bomb in New York City, blaming Spider-Man for it. Now Spider-Man must defeat various enemies and Super-Villains, avoiding the police and population at the same time, in an attempt to stop the bomb within 24 hours, to save New York and prove his innocence.

Gameplay

The 8-bit version of Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin is an action game split into eight stages, where the player can use Spider-Man's various powers to fight criminals and negotiate obstacles, while searching for all the keys necessary to defuse the bomb, within the limit of twenty four hours.

1 attacks and 2 jumps. Pressing 1 while holding Left or Right fires a webshot that stuns enemies for a few seconds. In midair, pressing 1 while holding Left or Right makes Spider-Man use his webs to swing around. Pressing and holding 2 near a climbable wall will make him crawl over the surfaces. Unlike the Mega Drive version, he can only crawl over background objects.

1+2 brings up an option mode, where it's possible to toggle the music and sound effects on and off, take photographs or return to Peter Parker's home to rest — which recovers health at the expense of time. Resting, however, makes you restart the level and only becomes available after the second stage, when a stone that teleports you home is given by Dr. Strange.

Spider-Man's web cartridges are limited and taking photographs of Super-Villains is the only way to replace them. You must hand said photographs to Robbie Robertson (the Daily Bugle's editor) in order to gain money, though he only accepts one photograph of each Super-Villain and only once.

Stages

In most stages all lesser enemies (humanoid only, animals do not count) must be defeated for the boss to appear. Spider-Man's spider senses will alert you when a boss is coming.

Notavailable.svg In Front of Daily Bugle
Police is hot on your tail. Enter the Daily Bugle building from top floor and, as Peter Parker, find out why everyone is after you. It's a single level, featuring no boss and no keys.
Notavailable.svg Warehouse
Time to find a way to prove your innocence. Investigate the nearby warehouse and search for clues. This time you will fight a mid-boss — a guy driving a forklift — as well as a stage boss: Dr. Octopus. This is also a single level and the key is acquired upon defeating Dr. Octopus.
Notavailable.svg Sewers
Your old friend Dr. Connors has transformed into The Lizard and fled to the sewers. Navigate deadly traps and pitfalls to acquire The Lizard's key. There are two levels on this stage, with the key being in the second.
Notavailable.svg Power Station
Confront Electro in his domain, evading lightning bolts and gun-toting thugs, as you look for his key. Like the previous stage, it has two levels and the key is in the second.
Notavailable.svg Central Park
Defeat muggers and look for Sandman, who can only be defeated by luring him to the fire hydrants. Only one level this time and the key is gained after Sandman is knocked out.
Notavailable.svg Streets of New York
Criminals are wreaking havoc in the streets. Spider-Man has to face two of his sworn enemies: Hobgoblin and Venom. Once again there are two levels, each featuring a boss fight. Venom shows up without the need to defeat all the lesser thugs and both keys are acquired automatically.
Notavailable.svg Underground
Time to stop The Kingpin from finalizing his ultimate plan. Defeat both Dr. Octopus and The Lizard, who have returned for a rematch, stop the bomb by punching the keys in the right order and finally capture The Kingpin. The final stage too, has two levels. If you run away during the battle with Kingpin, he will run away and you will not get the best ending.

Versions

While having inferior in-game graphics compared to the 16-bit port, the 8-bit version has nicely drawn panel illustrations as cutscenes. This is, perhaps, the only aspect that can be considered superior to the Mega Drive version, which has the story narrated through simple text.

The Master System version is infamous for its very high difficulty, even in the easiest setting. Some players reported that they couldn't even pass stage 3, especially stage 3-2 (the key level).

Two secret easter-eggs are found in the game. One is a Pac-Man type mini-game with Spider-Man characters and a secret room which will allow Spider-Man dress like Venom. Both can only be acquired while playing Nightmare difficulty.[6]

Production credits

Master System version

Spiderman vs. The Kingpin a Sega of America Production
  • Programming: Paul Hutchinson (Assisted by John Kennedy)
  • Graphics: Whitney Caughlan, Alan Murphy, Paul Hutchinson
  • Music and Sound: Paul Hutchinson
  • Game Design: Christopher Erhardt
  • Produced by: Ed Annunziata
  • Tested by: Rich Fishman, Jeff Todd, Jim Goddard, Jim Gould, Casey Grimm, Bert Mauricio
  • Spiderman, Peter Parker, Dr. Octopus, The Lizard, Electro, Sandman, Hobgoblin, Venom, The Kingpin, Dr. Strange, Jonah Jameson, Mary Jane, Robbie Robertson and the distinctive likenesses thereof are Trademarks of the Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. and are used with permission.
  • Spiderman © 1990 Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.
  • All Rights Reserved
  • Source Codes © 1990 Sega of America, Inc.
  • This program is produced under license from the Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.
Source: In-game credits


Game Gear version

Spiderman vs. The Kingpin a Sega of America Production
  • Spider-Man, Peter Parker, Dr. Octopus, The Lizard, Electro, Sandman, Hobgoblin, Venom, The Kingpin, Dr. Strange, Jonah Jameson, Mary Jane, Robbie Robertson and the distinctive likenesses thereof are Trademarks of Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. and are used with permission.
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (8-bit)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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CVG UK 118.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #118: "September 1991" (1991-08-15)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #119: "October 1991" (1991-09-15)[7]
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SegaVisions US 06.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #6: "Fall 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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SegaVisions US 08.pdfSegaVisions US 08.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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SegaVisions US 08.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[8]
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AcaoGames BR 013.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Ação Games (BR) #13: "Maio 1992" (1992-05-xx)
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ActionGames AR 002.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in
Action Games (AR) #2: "Julio 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Action Games (AR) #3: "Agosto 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[9]

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №118, p34-36[1]
76 №25, p35/36[10]
81 №1, p42-44[11]
75 №1, p36/37[12]
92 №1, p108/109[13]
92 №19, p170/171
73 №43, p80
87 №11, p80-82[14]
90 №12, p48/49[15]
57 №23, p28/29
40 №23, p59
Sega Master System
77
Based on
11 reviews

Master System, US
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin ms us cover.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Spiderman sms us manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
SpiderMan SMS EU cover.jpg
Cover
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
(Marvel variant)
SpiderMan SMS EU Marvel cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, EU
(Capcom variant)
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin ms eu cover.jpg
Cover
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin ms eu cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU

Master System, BR
SpiderMan SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
SpiderMan SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
SpiderMan SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR (newer)
SpiderMan SMS BR Box Back newer.jpgNospine.pngSpiderMan SMS BR Box newer.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
65 №14, p136[16]
93 №129 (Go!), p10/11[5]
70 №38, p126[3]
90 №9, p59
84 №13, p146
88 №32, p147[17]
79 №7, p48/49[18]
78 №24, p90/91[19]
70
84 №31, p37
92 №6, p36/37[20]
92 №13, p26/27
75 №1/92, p25[21]
91 №5, p72/73[22]
Sega Game Gear
82
Based on
14 reviews

Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
Spiderman gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
AmazingSpidermanVSKingpin gg eu cart.jpg
Cart

References


Spider-Man games for Sega systems
Arcade
Spider-Man: The Videogame (1991)
Sega Mega Drive
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1991) | Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1993) | Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994) | Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1995) | Venom - Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety (1995)
Sega Master System
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1991) | Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (1993)
Sega Game Gear
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1992) | Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six (1993) | Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (1994)
Sega Mega-CD
Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (1993)
Sega 32X
Spider-Man: Web of Fire (1996)
Sega Dreamcast
Spider-Man (2000)