The Worst-Rated Marvel Video Games Ever

Marvel Games is the Marvel properties-based video games publishing company, and it is Marvel Entertainment’s video games division. Before integrating Marvel Games, Marvel Comics Group handled video games based on Marvel properties published between 1982 and 1985. 

There have been lots of great video games that have been created by Marvel. However, not everything that is created by Marvel is necessarily great.

Are you curious to know the worst-rated Marvel video games ever? Read on to see our list of these games.

The Worst-Rated Marvel Video Games Ever
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Silver Surfer (NES)

In this game, you can pick one of five stages to tackle right from the start, like Superman. It’s a shoot’em up where the screen can auto-scroll in stages, either horizontally or vertically, as you shower white balls on enemies. 

One-shot from an opponent and the Silver Surfer goes down until the game restarts. And, if your board hits a wall, then you lose, and some of those gaps are so narrow that dodging is almost impossible.

Thor: God of Thunder (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

This video game stands out as something that may have succeeded in one sense, but failed due to poor execution and mishandling of the property had to begin with.

Showing that Thor on a merry jaunt through the nine nearly identical realms, the game lets you fight against three forms of Frost Giants.

The graphics are unimpressive, but various glitches and bugs keep bogging it down. Thor’s collection of movements is limited and few and far between.

Spider-Man & The X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge (SNES, GENESIS)

Any retro video game player worth their salt will shiver in horror when they see the LJN game company’s unholy trinity of letters and frustrating rainbow logo. 

This company is responsible for some of the worst video games of all time. LJN also created Spider-Man and the X-Men, which raises the bar for bad. 

The story has players playing as Spider-Man, and some of the X-Men as they strive to escape the world of Arcade. All characters get their own level, and just one piece of health, except for Wolverine.

Additionally, the player is required to replay the opening puzzle level from the start of the game each time the game is rebooted, or a character dies. 

Imagine if you had to sit through the excruciating tutorial every single time you turned a Pokemon game back on. The replay value, all of a sudden, decreases considerably.

Iron Man and X-O Manowar In Heavy Metal (Game Gear)

Who knew the superhero who kicked up the Marvel Cinematic Universe could have so many bad games? You can be either Iron Man or X-O Manowar in this game, but both – apart from the heavier pixel density of X-O Manowar – are playing the same. 

Until their health meter depletes, they can fire, hit, and soar around. The graphics are terrible, and the music is a horrible loop that will make you want to bang your head against a wall. The level designs are dull and erratic as well.

The Punisher: No Mercy (PS2)

The Worst-Rated Marvel Video Games Ever

Spiced up with cameos of other Marvel assets, the game is sadly way too short and suffers from bad battles that look like somebody hacked the Quake engine into pieces with an axis just to reassemble it with rubber cement. 

Despite being released on the PS2, the graphics fall short of the expectations of even the original PlayStation. Fortunately, since developer Zen studios lose the characters licensing to Marvel, the game is no longer playable.


Did we forget to mention any other bad Marvel games on our list? However, aside from having bad games, Marvel has also produced many good games in their time.