Game music of the day: Spider-Man & The X-Men: Arcade's Revenge

Game: Spider-Man & The X-Men

Song: Mission Briefing

Composer: Tim and Geoff Follin

Above: Mission Briefing from Spider-Man & The X-Men

After six years of open-world romps through Manhattan, Spider-Man returns to straightfoward action today with the release of Shattered Dimensions. While some may lament the loss of free-roaming gameplay, it's important to remember there are a few decent-to-great Spidey games from years past that put you on a direct path instead of a wide-open cityscape. One such title would be 1992's team-up extravaganza, Spider-Man & The X-Men, which also sports one of the most glamorous and funky soundtracks of all time.

This "Briefing" track perfectly exemplifies the full OST, as it starts out like porn music, then seamlessly blends into something akin to circus porn, then circus disco porn, then a totally legit bass groove. It's a grand musical journey, making for one of the weirdest Marvel experiences of the 16-bit days. Doubly so if you know your costume trivia - Wolverine and Cyclops were in different suits at this point (classic yellow and Jim Lee blue, respectively), while Storm is already in her new '90s attire seen in the Fox cartoon. It's a bizarre mishmash of spandex.

Above: Cyclops' level is more akin to a '70s variety show. Seven minutes of freakin' out, man!

Above: Wolverine's theme sounds a bit silly because the level takes place in a toy world. Yep

Just about every song is incredibly strong, which is thanks to the continued skill of Tim and Geoff Follin, two fairly well-known games musicians. Everything they touch is VGM gold, and you can check some of their additional work below.


Game music of the day: Plok!
A surefire cure for whatever ailes you, by Tim and Geoff Follin



Game music of the day: Incredible Crash Dummies
Level 2 by Tim Follin, the best part about the entire game



Game music of the day: Spider-Man vs The Kingpin
Face-shredding metal from Frykman and Strong

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  • drunation - October 21, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    this is one great segment. Keep up the music of the day.
  • Jack_Burton - September 9, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    Love this game.
  • VMPSaberwolf - September 8, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    Fighting for justice...Swingtime!!!!!
  • MaynardJ - September 8, 2010 2:25 p.m.

    Oh, the memories... I never managed to beat this game either. Games were HARD in those days. Did finish all Spiderman and (I think) Storm stages, and the first stage for Wolverine and Gambit. Cyclops was just too damn hard; I never survived this Sentinel encounter. And yes, saving wasn't possible. Nice to hear these tunes again, but I especially remembered the electric guitar riff in Spiderman's level: TEEEEDEEDEEDEEDEEDEEDEEEEE!
  • philipshaw - September 8, 2010 10:34 a.m.

    When I saw the name Follin, I knew this would be good shit. The bass groves rock
  • elpurplemonkey - September 8, 2010 5:31 a.m.

    Goddammit fuck this game. As a kid I actually thought I was playing it wrong because I kept dying- I didn't even beat any of the stages other than the first! And if I recall correctly, you couldn't save. The music was pretty badass, especially the main theme. Though I didn't get to hear a good portion of it since I died so quickly. While I enjoyed my time with it, watching this game be played now sort of angers me- it just brings back Wolverine's horrible, compressed screech- "GRAAAAAAAR!"- when he died. Definitely the hardest game I never beat. But I digress, it's a nice selection Brelston.
  • Psylockerules - September 7, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    man i loved this game, juggernaught was so difficult to beat with wolverine. hated that storm just swam in her levels. remeber the awesome X-men mutant apocalypse? that had great music aswell.
  • Strangleme - September 7, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    Wow!! I played this game so much as a kid. Sweet music.
  • TheWebSwinger - September 7, 2010 9 p.m.

  • Outlander - September 7, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    That was... interesting.
  • ZiegZeon - September 7, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    Well, I'll put in my 2 cents, if your gonna feature Follin super hero music, Silver Surfer.
  • NeoKef - September 7, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    And too this day, I still haven't beaten even one level with any of the characters. Also, I hate Cyclops outfit in this game.
  • batmanboy11 - September 7, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    Great music from agreat game.
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 7, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    Mmm, circus porn...
  • skynetiscoming - September 7, 2010 7:53 p.m.

    Gee it sure is funky...
  • screwball08247 - September 7, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    I like this. A lot.
  • ventanger - September 7, 2010 7:33 p.m.

    If you do eventually feature Maximum Carnage, you'd be a fool not to embed the electric guitar covers on youtube by Fabioruela. It truly shows the greatness of that games soundtrack.
  • GayforGilbert - September 7, 2010 7:30 p.m.

    How could you guys feature this game and not have the main theme on offer? It's the best song in the game, aside from Spider Man's level theme.
  • goochbiscuit - September 7, 2010 7:30 p.m.

  • Geminiman82 - September 7, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    Could not agree more with this entry!