28. Spider-Man 3 (DS)

Spider-Man 3 (DS)Spider-Man 3 (DS)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Vicarious Visions
Release Date: 4th May 2007 (USA) / 4th May 2007 (UK/EU)

A rather different game to its GBA contemporary, this offered a generational (portable) leap and a different approach to its gameplay. Environments had 3D aspects, and it was controlled primarily with the touchscreen, which sounds fiddly but could be quite fun in action. With some neat boss fights it's a fun time, albeit it may not have aged that well.

27. Spider-Man: Battle for New York (GBA)

Spider-Man: Battle for New York (GBA)Spider-Man: Battle for New York (GBA)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Torus Games
Release Date: 14th Nov 2006 (USA) / 1st Dec 2006 (UK/EU)

A sidescrolling beat 'em up that is pretty familiar to some other GBA entries (unsurprisingly), and it was a prequel to 2005's Ultimate Spider-Man while being loosely based on comics of the same name. You get to play as multiple characters, which is a plus, but ultimately this is a rather basic entry that hasn't aged particularly well.

26. The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes (SNES)

The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes (SNES)The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes (SNES)
Publisher: Epoch / Developer: Argent
Release Date: 17th Mar 1995 (JPN)

This doesn't seem to be a bad Spider-Man game, with some colourful and chunky 16-bit visuals and a whole lot of encounters against iconic foes. The issue for this one is that it was only released for the Super Famicom in Japan, so unfortunately a very decent Spidey game passed a lot of us by in the mid '90s.

25. Spider-Man (GBC)

Spider-Man (GBC)Spider-Man (GBC)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Vicarious Visions
Release Date: 1st Aug 2000 (USA) / 15th Sep 2000 (UK/EU)

Developed by Vicarious Visions, amazingly, this is rather impressive on a technical level considering the humble hardware. There's slick animation, you can swing around and trap enemies in your web, and it has a good variety of locations. It's tough, though, leading to many thrown Game Boy Colors back in the day; weirdly, lots of memories of this game reflect on Spider-Man's greatest foes in this game - birds. The birds can't be stopped.

24. The Amazing Spider-Man (GB)

The Amazing Spider-Man (GB)The Amazing Spider-Man (GB)
Publisher: LJN Toys / Developer: Rare
Release Date: Jul 1990 (USA) / 1990 (UK/EU)

Like a lot of superhero Game Boy titles this one is limited in how much Spider-Man shows off his unique traits; in general to run, jump, punch and kick. That said, there are some neat transition scenes climbing buildings, some clever level ideas and a decent number of boss fights for the time. Add in some genuinely bopping music and this is a pretty solid Game Boy title.

23. Spider-Man 2 (DS)

Spider-Man 2 (DS)Spider-Man 2 (DS)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: TOSE
Release Date: 21st Nov 2004 (USA) / 11th Mar 2005 (UK/EU)

The spin-off games for this film received huge buzz on consoles, but unsurprisingly the portable entries were rather different. On DS various key scenes are recreated with that quasi-3D visual style we know well from the system, while the touchscreen activated various abilities and moves. In a turnaround from other cross-gen portable entries though, plenty have a preference for the simpler charms of the GBA version.

22. Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace (GBA)

Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace (GBA)Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace (GBA)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Vicarious Visions
Release Date: 19th Sep 2001 (USA) / 21st Sep 2001 (UK/EU)

Developed by Vicarious Visions, Mysterio's Menace features our pal Spider-Man as he Streets-of-Rage-style battles through seven stages, fighting classic villains like Hammerhead, Rhino, and Mysterio himself. Not a particularly memorable Spider-Man game, largely because Spidey spends a little too much time on the ground, but not the worst, either.

21. Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six (GBC)

Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six (GBC)Spider-Man 2: The Sinister Six (GBC)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Torus Games
Release Date: 30th May 2001 (USA) / 15th Jun 2001 (UK/EU)

A side-scrolling platformer featuring, you guessed it, Spider-Man, The Sinister Six pits Parker against Mysterio, Sandman, Scorpion, Vulture, Kraven, and Doctor Octavius. The game, which came out in May 2001, has Spider-Man climbing the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center — a strange coincidence that would quickly date the game.

20. Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (SNES)

Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (SNES)Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge (SNES)
Publisher: LJN / Developer: Software Creations
Release Date: Nov 1992 (USA) / 19th Aug 1993 (UK/EU)

Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade's Revenge, other than being a ridiculously long title, is a game about Spider-Man helping to save himself and the X-Men from "Murderworld", an inventively-named killer gameshow made by the villainous Arcade. The game is known for its rad soundtrack, and its ludicrously steep difficulty curve.

19. Spider-Man: Battle For New York (DS)

Spider-Man: Battle For New York (DS)Spider-Man: Battle For New York (DS)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Torus Games
Release Date: 14th Nov 2006 (USA) / 1st Dec 2006 (UK/EU)

Considered to be far preferable to the GBA equivalent, this is a very different game on DS with an improved look, smoother play and some dual screen features. There are some 3D elements to the visuals that were pretty impressive on a portable at the time, while you could select abilities and even use your spidey-sense on the touchscreen; it's no classic, but it's certainly a better option than the last-gen title of the same name.