Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four board game is fascinating to me for two reasons. The first is this 1977 game combines two different superhero properties into one mass release game. Secondly, the game has been in my family forever and I have no idea who bought it and / or why. Well, I can kind of guess at why. It was originally at my Grandfather’s house and I’m guessing it was bought for when the grandkids came over. Still, why this particular game? I came into possession of it when we ended up moving in with my Grand Pops. Finders keepers, I say. It wasn’t until this year that I actually played the game, though.
The box art looks pretty rad with Spider-Man all crouching across the front with the Fantastic Four behind him. In fact, if you framed the cover it might look pretty cool. That’s the best art you’ll find in Spider-Man with the Fantastic Four, however. Once you get to the board you get some nice vintage pics of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, but the board overall is kind of ugly.
Gameplay is fairly simple and its a mix of spinner action that has a bit of a the board game Sorry vibe to it. You move along going into the center of a web fighting villains. The cards that you use to fight these villains has no art, just text. Blech.
Overall, it wasn’t a very good game. In fact, it kind of sucked. If you really dig Spider-Man or the Fantastic Four this might be worth picking up for the box art or to fill some sort of collecting compulsion, just don’t expect to have a great time playing it.
Score: 1 out of 3 Spider-Man thumbs