The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga
This 1996 video game for the Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation and PC was published by the then owners of the Tomb Raider franchise Eidos Interactive and was based on a storyline from the Incredible Hulk comics.
The game begins with you (as The Hulk) trapped in the Pantheon headquarters and the first few levels see you making your escape. The Hulk himself has basic fighting moves, including punching and kicking, and he can also pick up and use objects he finds along the way. As you defeat each end of level boss they will join The Hulk to fight alongside him. Although there are heavy fighting aspects, the game does require you do plenty of exploring and solve some fairly rudimentary puzzles if you want to progress. The last part of the game requires you to beat the Super Villains, which include Trauma, Lazarus and Maestro.
The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga was poorly received by the gaming press, explaining why you might not have heard much about it, but will probably please fans of the big green beast and the Avengers alike. It’s certainly not as bad a many people made it out to be!
Captain America in: The Doom Tube of Dr. Megalomann
The very first Captain America game is also a real mouthful, they definitely seemed to like long titles when it came to games featuring The Captain. It was released in 1987 by GO! for the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Atari ST computers – the latter 16-bit version being by far the best.
Your mission is to infiltrate the Doom Tube, the secret lair of Dr. Megalomann, this is made up of three such tubes, one inside the other like a Russian doll. Each tube is split into several decks, which are then divided again into several rooms. They are all connected together by a lift called the Orbivator, the last room is the missile silo. As well as defeating the bad guys you also have to solve several puzzles in order to progress in the game. These take up several forms such as finding a serum to cure a deadly virus that infects you and revealing security codes that you need to keep for later in the game. The whole game is played in real time with just one hour being allocated for you to stop Dr. Megalomann and save the world from impending doom.
Captain America in: The Doom Tube of Dr. Megalomann received quite mixed reviews from the press and it’s easy to see why. The game is pretty challenging and not particularly intuitive, meaning only the most ardent fans of The Captain will probably want to check it out.
Parker Brothers’ released Spider-Man for the best selling Atari 2600 console way back in 1982, making it the first ever officially licensed game based on a Marvel franchise. It was greeted very warmly by audiences, leading the company to licence several other characters.
It borrowed heavily from the popular Nichibutsu arcade game Crazy Climber with Spidey trying to climb a tall building in order to defeat the Green Goblin. Instead of climbing though you have to use your web slinging skills to progress. Your web fluid isn’t limitless though so you have to plan your route carefully.Criminals appear in the windows of the building at random and capturing one, which replenishes a small amount of your fluid, but be warned as they can also cut your web leaving you to fall to your death. Not just that though, you also have to defuse bombs along the way too, the final meeting with the Green Goblin requires you stop him detonating the Super Bomb and killing everyone.
Despite its very simple graphics, Atari 2600 Spider-Man is actually a very good game. The gameplay is hugely enjoyable and the difficulty really ramps up on later levels, I highly recommend it to all Marvel fans.