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Top Spider-Man Unlimited tips and tricks

Spider-Man Unlimited is the latest endless runner from mobile gaming giant Gameloft. The game's premise involves Spider-Men and villains from various universes converging into a single universe. With slick production values and dozens of different Spider-Men to collect, Unlimited is a real treat for fans of the web-slinger.

Want to get ahead on the Spider-Man Unlimited leaderboards and fill out your roster with Spidey's coolest costumes? Our latest tips and tricks guide will teach you the best ways to spend your time and energy while thwarting the plans of the Sinister Six.

1. Prioritize combos during Event and Unlimited runs

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

When you're playing Issues – the story mode – you don't have to worry about combos or score. Just focus on staying alive and completing the level goal.

But during Events and Unlimited Mode, scoring is the number one priority. You'll want to achieve as many combos as possible in order to get a high score. The best way to start or continue a combo is by punching or kicking an enemy. Each one adds to your combo and keeps the combo going for a little longer.

Going through rings also adds to your combo. These mostly show up during web-slinging, climbing, and free-falling sequences. Combos are more important than vials, so aim for rings first during those sequences.

2. Only use ISO-8 to continue on high-scoring Event and Unlimited runs

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

The temptation to spend ISO-8 (premium currency) to continue when you die is great. But you really need that ISO-8 for other things. Still, there are times when it makes sense to burn a few chunks of the element on a continue. The first continue costs one ISO-8, the second costs two, and the third and final continue costs four.

Events and Unlimited Mode both offer rewards for top leaderboard slots. Continuing in order to achieve a higher leaderboard bracket makes sense, as the rewards can sometimes be greater than the cost of the continues. Try to get a feel for your average maximum score, and only continue if you have reached or exceeded that maximum. Even then, you might not want to continue if you're likely to die right away after continuing.

3. Make lots of friends to boost your energy supply

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

Spider-Man Unlimited's energy system is a drag. It costs one unit of energy to play any mode, and it takes ten minutes to regenerate that one energy. Players can store a maximum of five energy units. Energy refills cost three ISO-8s.

Luckily, you can bolster your energy supply by making friends. Every day, players can send and receive one free unit of energy to each individual friend. The more friends you have, the more energy you'll receive as a result. You don't need to know the people you're friending. Just look at the leaderboard spaces above you and send requests to your fellow active players.

Remember that five is your maximum quantity of energy. If your energy is full and someone sends you an energy gift, just leave that gift in your inbox until you've spend your current supply.

4. Buy the right Power-up upgrades from the shop

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

It's tempting to spend vials on new Spider-Men, but don't do that very often. You're likely to get doubles, which offer very little benefit for the cost.

Instead, head to the Shop and invest in Power-up upgrades. The higher you level up a power-up, the longer that item will last when you pick one up during a run. The first upgrade costs 5,000 vials, with subsequent upgrades rising in price.

Focus on the power-ups that increase Spider-man's lifespan, not his scoring potential. That means Web Hammer and Web Shield upgrades come first. Web Hammer is more effective because it knocks out enemies automatically, works on obstacles, and won't go away until its timer expires. Web Shield will only protect you from a single hit, but its timer lasts much longer.

5. Purchase extra character slots when you can

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

Players start out with six character slots, which seems like a lot early on. But over time you'll acquire far more than six characters. If you don't have a lot to hold a new character, that Spider-Man will go to waste. So make sure to buy more slots in-between power-up upgrades.

The initial batch of slots cost vials, with each additional one going up in price. Eventually they will start costing ISO-8. The do get costly, but they're important.

6. Spend time with the Events and Unlimited mode to get more characters and currency

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

As mentioned earlier, Events and Unlimited Mode provide rewards based on leaderboard position. Unlimited Mode doles out either ISO-8 or premium characters every day, in fact.

Events pay out not only for leaderboards, but also reaching specific milestones like distance travelled or vials collected. Focus on reaching these milestones after you've achieved a good Unlimited score for the day.

7. Use Spidey Ops to boost your team's experience

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

Initially you can only play with one Spider-man at a time, which means the rest of your team will go to waste as you play. But you can still make use of your remaining crew by sending them out on Spidey Ops missions from the My Team menu.

Up to six teammates can go on a Spidey Ops mission at one time. The more you send, the likelier the mission is to succeed. Each member will receive experience and vials after the mission ends.

Beat Issue 1 to unlock the second tier of Spidey Ops missions. These pay better than the first tier, but they often take longer as well.

8. Save your ISO-8 for ranking up your top Spider-Men

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

ISO-8 serves many important purposes. Naturally you'll want to use it to buy a premium character or two, and eventually extra character slots. But you should probably save the rest for rank-ups after that.

Each Spider-Man has a level cap based on his current number of stars (rank). The higher the Spidey's level, the higher his score multiplier. Even a premium Spider-man won't do you much good on the leaderboards if he only has one star.

Hence, you'll want to choose one or two Spideys and increase their ranks as much as possible. Standard Spider-Man can be ranked up to three stars somewhat affordably, but it costs a whole lot of ISO-8 to take a rare or super-rare Spider-Man up through the ranks. Save up your ISO-8 and get those ranks up if you want your Spider-men to be able to reap high scores and play level-locked story levels.

Alternately, you can rank a character up for free by collecting a double of that exact Spider-Man (identical maximum star rating). Then you can sacrifice the double and two Spideys with a star rating one lower than the double, which will rank the main Spidey up for free. This presents some inventory management challenges and takes time due to the random nature of character collection, but at least it's free.

9. Only use Spider-Men to level up other Spider-Men when your team gets full

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

What do you do when you need room for another character and you can't afford more slots? Get rid of doubles and dead weight by using them to level up other Spider-Men.

Leveling up a character through the My Team menu requires at least one character to sacrifice, as well as a small sum of vials. Sacrificing multiple characters won't increase the vial cost, so it's best to burn multiple characters at once if you have them to spare.

Leveling up characters in this way is not a better source of experience than simply playing with them. Just use it to get rid of excess characters.

10. Keep at least one of every Spider-Man when possible

Even one you have a really strong rare Spider-Man, it's still a good idea to hold on to low-tier characters. Some story missions require a specific character to play. You don't have to play these missions in order to complete an issue, but they offer good rewards.

More importantly, Events will often pay a score bonus for using specific characters. Even if they don't, you might reach milestones more easily with certain characters' abilities. So keep one of everybody on-hand if you have room.

Bonus tip: Complete Issues to boost your scoring potential

Top 10 Spider-Man Unlimited Tips and Tricks

Issues are Spider-Man Unlimited's story maps. Completing levels in an issue will get you experience and ISO-8. But playing issues uses energy that you could be spending towards reaching Event milestones, making it tough to choose Story over the promise of those time-limited rewards.

Still, you'll want to clear the first issue as soon as you can. Not only does beating an issue unlock new Spidey Ops missions, it also unlocks the ability to take an extra Spidey along on missions. Equipping two Spideys will combine their score multipliers and abilities. You'll have a much easier time climbing the leaderboards with those bonuses.

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37 Comments
  • Thanks for the tips. Keep them coming Posted via Android Central App
  • Don't down load and don't let your friends download it. For the love of all things good, don't buy anything via in app purchase. Maybe if everyone does this, game loft and other companies like it will go out of business
  • Another tip: Always use the Spider-Man who gives you a bonus in an event. I'm currently at the top of the Mangaverse leaderboard because I used a couple gems and Mangaverse Spidey. Posted via Android Central App
  • Awesome tips and tricks! My tip: With all the running around, don't forget to wash the costume! ;) Posted via Android Central App
  • Thanks for the tips! The problem I have now is that I maxed out a 3 start character (level 30), not knowing you need level 35 for the end of the Vulture stage? I have a 5 star character at level 10 that needs to be upgraded, but it costs 50 ISO-8 to do it. Is that really the only way to upgrade him?
  • Another article on this lame game? Really? Did you guys get paid to promote this?
  • Yes, the answer to this question is yes. With this many articles about this game, with no reason whatsoever for them... yes. I really feel they should add "Paid Advertisement" to each page... I feel dirty.
  • The reason is that people are interested in this game. Also, I write a tips and tricks guide every weekend, and this is the game I was playing last week.
  • Sorry,but i dont buy that. The comments on this game have been pretty low for AC's articles. There doesnt seem to be that much interest.
    And the game itself is just another endless runner. It was a format that got old a year and a half ago, there isnt much in the way of strategy to require 'tips and tricks'.
  • You don't buy that other people like games that you don't like? You keep talking like your opinion is fact, but it isn't. Some people love endless runners. I don't love them at all. But this particular game, because of its strong use of the Spider-man license and high production values, does hold my interest. If you'd actually read the article, you'd see that there are indeed tips and tricks to offer for the game. I wasn't typing 1400 random words for four hours.
  • So you are saying that the articles here on Android Central about this game are in no way paid to be on here, they are completely independent choices?
  • We're all professionals here so we get paid by our employer, Mobile Nations. No one anywhere in the chain gets paid by software publishers. We chose the games and apps we write about and vet it through our editors. So yes, writing this guide was my idea. Also, I will be reviewing this game at WPCentral, where I will be critical of the energy mechanic and IAP costs - not something you'd see in publisher-sponsored content.
  • If that's true, so be it... you know I have no way of confirming it one way or the other. I just hope it is true, it would be ridiculous for Android Central to lose credibility over something as pointless as lying about paid content for Spider-Man Unlimited of all things.
  • Except when someone like blackberry sponsors you for a big event like they did last year and you all claimed there was no bias as a result. Even though we were flooded with a crapton of stupid little BBM articles.
    Sorry, but that's a tough position to defend. Especially following a third article on this crappy endless runner when there are so many other much better games out there. Pretty much anything other than Flappy Birds.
  • I believe you're referring to actual sponsored content, which is clearly marked as such. A lot of sites mix that in because it helps pay the bills. I've never participated in writing sponsored content though.
  • We cover this game because it's a big title. Also, I like Spider-Man and I like the game. Just because you don't like it, that doesn't mean other people don't like it.
  • I never said no one else likes it, I just find it extremely odd that a game this mediocre would get this kind of coverage. I have been a reader of Android Central for years, and I can't remember the last time something as uninteresting as this got this much exposure.
  • Maybe you should try playing and reviewing games that arent gussied up packaging of dull gaming formats. You might get more readers and comments on a game that isn't such a tired and uninteresting format. Not to mention the IAP.
    Or maybe you're reviewing it because Gameloft kicked you guys some dough. That's a more likely explanation for doing another article on this incredibly lame game.
  • You do realize this is a strategy guide and not a review, right? I will be reviewing the game for WPCentral but not Android Central.
  • Strategy for an endless runner. What's next, a strategy on nose-picking? Just look at the comments here and on the other SPiderman articles... No one gives a crap about this game. That was obvious to anyone pretty mich as soon as it came out. Yet here we are with the 'strategy' guide that no one has been waiting for.
  • I think this game is amazingly fun. I like that you see all of the Spiderman variants and it tells you which episode they're from. My son loves to watch me play.
  • You really are desperate to seem like you're in the right. You aren't. Just give up, you've already embarrassed yourself enough. Posted via Android Central App
  • "No one gives a crap about this game." Well you seem to know "everything" right? Not even close.
  • When trying to build up a combo score, you can also use near misses with obstacles.
  • Guys... let the man do his work; he is not telling you to read or comment on the article or to play the game itself, if you do not like the game or the tips or the reviews about the game, just keep scrolling down to an article better suited for you. My friends and I, like the game, we enjoy this casual running (pointless but fun) game.
    And once again, if you do not like the game... DO NOT READ THE ARTICLE!!! i hate Candy Crush Saga, so I ignore all Candy Crush Articles.
    Life is simple, instead of questioning if they get paid to write about a game or not and accusing them of lying about paid content and motives to write an article; you should close the article and look for something else to read; and if (let supposed for a minute) they are getting paid by Gameloft to write about Spider Man Unlimited, WHO CARES AND I WOULD CONGRATULATE THEM!!! if they are getting paid by a big company to promote the game, it is a job and nothing else...
    We all wear, eat, drink, buy and use different brands and companies and it doesn't mean that we are getting sponsored by them or that we are getting paid to have their products; we have their products because we want to, and this article has the same basics, this is an article of a game that people might like or not, people might or might not read it but Mr Acevedo is writing this article because he wants or because it's his job. Lastly, in case I wasn't clear enough... IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE ARTICLE, CONTENT, WRITER AND/OR OBJECTIVE; CLOSE THE TAB AND READ SOMETHING ELSE!!!
  • Great tips...had more to it than the other sites which basically reiterated the help section of the game. I didn't even think to hit up strangers for their energy, but why not? 1. Use Titanium Backup and not Helium to back up progress. 2. "Slow play" Issue 1 if you need practice at this type of game. Until any of your Spider-men reach level 10, you have unlimited Spidey-Energy, so take care to keep everyone at level 9 max. You can binge play, recruit Spideys, open new slots, until you have an army of one-star Level 9 Spiders. Daily goals will eventually let you buy your first 25 ISO rare Spider-man, who needs much more XP to go to Level 10. This is a good thing, if you want to continue to do blue missions for more ISO, since he can finish a Level 9 mission without going to 10. When you finally want to graduate to Level 10 so you can do Ops and Events, your collection of Level 9s will convert nicely into XP for levelling up doubles. 3. Bunny hopping: For the 125 jumps in one run needed for a Gold Daily Goal, the jump is counted at the swipe up - it doesn't matter if you do a full somersault. You can cut a jump short by swiping down, and vice versa. By repeatedly swiping up and down in rapid succession, you can get in 12 or so jumps before the first ledge even shows up. The lurching screen might make you sick quickly, but it has the added advantage of picking up vials instead of jumping over them, and will usually take out any enemy robot in front of you. You can check the number of jumps you've made by pausing the game.
  • Great tips! They have been quite helpful for a new player like me. Please add this tip from the Gameloft guys as well. It will save players' ISO! You can rank up Spider-Men without spending ISO-8. All you need is 1 duplicate card + 2 other cards with the same rarity or 1 less rarity level.
  • Thanks for pointing that out - I regret that it wasn't in the guide to begin with. I have revised the "ranking up" section a bit to correct that. :)
  • My trip:
    Don't upgrade uncommon Spider. You can use uncommon spider to upgrade rare spider. And it's really hard to get uncomon spider.
  • Hey Paul, awesome tips, especially when it comes to managing spider energy and recruits — while I get that some people aren't a fan of endless runners, the ability to web swing, wall-crawl and demolish enemies puts it way above the rest.
  • Yes, it is another endless runner, but I was/am so impressed with the level of quality and detail given the whole package. I genuinely enjoy the visual details given to the different forms of running in the game, like with web slinging for instance. It is a runner, but I feel the creators have made it stand out to such a level that it might very well be the one endless runner that I keep around for some time (to this point all others have eventually been deleted after a few weeks or less).
  • Hi! I would like to ask about ranking up your spider man how come, i don't have a option that i can rank up my spidey using a iso - 8 ? :/ Need help thanks guys! :)
  • They updated the game and removed the option. Sorry about that.
  • Ow I see! Too bad. thank you sir!
  • Hi, I would like to ask about recruiting new Spider-men. Any suggestions and tips on how to choose the new Spider-men? Thanks!
  • Early on, Premium are good to buy when you get ISO-8 from the daily leaderboard and such. Once you have a fair number of premiums, I would save your ISO-8 and just use it for special Spider-Men categories that come up and cost 25 ISO-8. For instance, there was a Super Spider-Man category with a 20 percent chance to get that character - a much better choice than going with the Premium category.
  • Now I have a bunch of 3 star level 30 spideys. what do I do with them? they are just sitting in my inventory wasting space. if they are not useful and there is a higher rank spidey which gives the same ability, should I feed it to a higher rank to clear space?