Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is a very impressive action game, starring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in his full 3D glory.
Set across 12 levels in New York, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is a fighting game packed with action from start to finish. You have to run through the streets of each level taking out the goons and rescuing hostages, before fending off the end boss. The baddest of the baddies from the comic books are all here, including the likes of Sandman, Electro, Dr Octopus and Green Goblin.
The controls in Spider-Man: Total Mayhem are based around an on-screen joystick and a series of action buttons, such as jump, attack, and throw a web. You can perform special attacks when your web supply is full, and when the Spidey senses signal appears above Spider-Man's head. The controls are very easy to get to grips with.
Graphically, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is superb, and feels much like a Spider-Man game on the Xbox or Playstation 2. Characters are well-rendered in 3D, backgrounds are colorful and the frame rate is good, too. The intense music helps to make Spider-Man: Total Mayhem an absorbing experience.
Although, essentially it involves just walking around attacking people, the gameplay in Spider-Man: Total Mayhem has been cleverly crafted so it doesn't get boring. There are special finger gestures that need to be performed for actions such as untying hostages or climbing out of holes, you can collect various comic art extras, and even take photos of the on-screen action in the heat of battle.
The only thing that frustrated us a bit about Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is the fact that it is so linear. Often you feel like you want to go off and explore little side alleys or randomly climb up shopping malls and offices. A free roaming mode would really have made Spider-Man: Total Mayhem the best game in the App Store.
If you love playing 3D action games on your console, Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is probably the closest thing you'll get to that experience on your iPhone.