Sphero's new Spider-Man toy is like an overly chatty camp counselor

The toy remembers where kids left off, too, so they can immediately come back to their story wherever they left it. Spider-Man has more than 400 pages-worth of content stored onboard and 100 storylines, which Sphero expects will take months to go through. That being said, kids can still run around a room with Spidey pretending to fight baddies, as a built-in motion sensor triggers sound effects like punches, kicks, and Spider-Man's web shooters. But the app isn't optional, and is the only way to actually set up the toy out of the box, so parents will need to factor in the cost of a mobile device a kid can use, in addition to Spidey's $150 price tag.

In combat, the player can make clever use of Spider-Man's environment to clobber creeps, like webbing up a large crate and using it as a makeshift weapon to slam into his enemies, or tossing high-tech trip mines that entangle foes who walk by.

Spider-Man is now in development for PS4 and PS4 Pro.

The toy companion's launch is timed to coincide with the release of the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie franchise reboot.

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The only thing that moves on this Spider-Man are his arms. Over on Twitter, a fan asked whether alternate Spider-Man costumes will be available in the game, to which the studio gave a short but sweet "yes".

Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 will release in 2018.

The toy also comes with LCD eyes, which lets Spider-Man be a bit more expressive. In the game next to the story, you will also be saving people, which is important to complete a mission properly. Will you be picking one up? If that logo isn't glowing, the toy's microphone isn't active, providing further reassurance to parents that Sphero isn't secretly trying to harvest demographic info about their kids. He's only listening when the spider on his chest lights up, and conversations are never retained or shared.

Video games haven't been kind to Spidey in recent years, and a lot of game fans would likely agree that 2004's Spider-Man 2 - loosely based on that year's Sam Raimi-directed film he same name - was the last title that truly captured the feel of becoming the wall-crawler.

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