Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 80
    Absolutely fantastic storytelling using animated dual-screen comic panels with extensive voice over. It's the driving force of the entire production.
  2. The touchscreen sequences for Venom are well done and use that feature of the DS to the gamer’s advantage. But the Spidey sequences under-use the touch screen, and the sound can be a little tinny at times, when heard through the DS speaker.
  3. It's not a long game and the mutliplayer aspects won't elongate your enjoyment of the title by any stretch. At the end of the day it's just more Spider-Man and maybe that's enough for you.
  4. The action-packed gameplay is extremely well done, and the overall polish of the whole experience might be found in the console version of the game.
  5. This is definitely the ultimate superhero experience on the DS, making the most of the dual screen for presentation and gameplay and a valiant attempt at touch screen control.
  6. A solid game that gets bogged down far too often to be considered great.
  7. A noble experiment that fails to achieve its full potential. [Dec 2005, p.121]
  8. It’s a huge improvement over its DS predecessor, treating gamers to a new and darker storyline. Not only does it have the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man doing what he does best, but it also lets you step into the claws of one of the hero’s most amazing and deadly enemies.
  9. Follows the plot to the letter and serves up its own unique style of gameplay, but the controls need some polish. Like the console releases it has a short lifespan and little to no replay value afterwards, but it’s still plenty of hectic fun while it lasts.
  10. The game is varied enough and contains enough special moves to give you a few runs though without feeling like complete repetition.
  11. 70
    The cell shaded look is effective, and all the environments feel vibrant.
  12. A fantastic representation of the comic book. The story is compelling, if short, and the gameplay is fun for the most part.
  13. 80
    It's just a marvelous and beautifully constructed adventure game.
  14. There are some flaws in the game, but its distinctive visual style and upgraded gameplay give it a slight edge over the web-slinger's earlier DS outing.
  15. The comic book quality graphics and spot on story telling are the icing on an already fun to play, easy to control game.
  16. The game boasts fun 2D gameplay mixed with an impressive 3D presentation. The story and storytelling are awesome, perhaps the best on the Nintendo DS.
  17. It ended just in time - the end of the game comes down to, more than anything, one big boss battle after another - and left us with a true feeling of accomplishment.

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