Summer Superhero Movies Invade iOS/Android!
Do you remember the days when every single superhero movie would receive a video game adaptation of less-than respectable quality? Even some non-movie superhero games were complete dumpster material. You try playing Superman 64 right now and tell me, with a straight face, that you’re having fun. Hell, I tried it back when it was out and couldn’t get past the first level. Just for the giggles why not watch the Angry Video Game Nerd try, too (Warning: Mature Language).
Nowadays we still see superhero games on consoles, but less and less frequently are these direct movie tie-ins. They’re sometimes before/after the main plot, or a separate story for the character entirely. Mobile games seem to be the place to go now for movie-tie ins. With lower production costs it’s simply easier and less risky for developers to put out titles that consumers may only purchase for a buck.
And this summer Gameloft is releasing not one, but two superhero iOS games: The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. The “amazing” part about both of these games is that they’re both open world. So yeah, that means you can swing around all of New York as Spider-Man, or patrol Gotham as Batman, on your phone. Or iPad. If you’re into that.
The Amazing Spider-Man is out right now, while The Dark Knight Rises has only a “summer” release data attached to it. Both are for iOS and Android devices. It’s probably safe to say that TDKR will be released closer to the movie opening date, although no one knows but Gameloft at this point.
I must say, the first time I caught a glimpse of both of these titles my jaw dropped. How developers can keep on pushing games to look so good in such small packages I’ll never know, but it never ceases to surprise me. Maybe I’m just easily…SQUIRREL!…ahem, entertained. To be fair, Gameloft games are usually quite glitchy, and Spider-Man seems no different, so take heed.
The console game for The Amazing Spider-Man was recently released as well, taking place after the events of the movie. From what I’ve heard, the open world swinging, stealth sections, and combat are some serious highlights, even if some may borrow heavily from the current Batman games.
With both of these titles under their belt, I think it’s safe to say that Gameloft doesn’t pick sides in the DC vs. Marvel debate. Make sure to check out The Amazing Spider-Man on the App Store today and The Dark Knight Rises when it releases in the -hopefully- near future.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for us folks from the 4th Wall at the premiere of the Amazing Spider-Man at Cineplex Colisee Kirkland on July 3rd for some free comics! We’ll also be handing out a Special Edition Batman: Earth One preview book free for everyone who attends the Dark Kight Marathon at the Colisee on July 19th.