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  • Summary: SPY vs SPY is based on the original, multi-million unit selling, break out hit on the Commodore 64; Apple // series; and Atari 400/800 computers by First Star Software, Inc. It features online and local multiplayer matches, 16 new embassies (plus the original 8), and a pixel perfect retro mode as well as a modern mode, both with the famous black and white spies from MAD Magazine.

    SPY vs SPY is the ultimate action/strategy game!

    FEATURES:

    ✪ Online + local multiplayer support - sabotage and intrigue included
    ✪ 16 brand new embassies – for a total of 24
    ✪ Play alone in custom matches for all 24 embassies, each with 5 levels of difficulty – you select the IQ of the opposing spy
    ✪ Retina graphics for the new iPad and iPhone
    ✪ New, full screen club-to-club combat in modern mode
    ✪ Modern & retro game modes – both featuring Simulvision™, Simulplay™ and your very own Trapulator™
    ✪ 5 types of booby-Traps - play as the famous black and white spies from MAD Magazine
    ✪ Integrated Game Center leaderboards and achievements
    ✪ Includes the original theme music plus 4 new remixes
    ✪ Universal app - play on iPad, iPhone, and iPod

    HOW TO WIN:

    Your mission: escape the embassy, top secret briefcase in hand. Remember, all else is but a mere distraction! You must locate and finally collect the missing passport, traveling money, key and secret plans before making your way to the airport door to board your plane - all before time runs out -all while placing booby-traps for your opponent, avoiding or defusing those set by him and engaging in club-to-club combat.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Jul 27, 2012
    100
    Spy vs. Spy was a goofy classic in its day, and it's been skillfully updated here.
  2. Jul 31, 2012
    80
    It holds up incredibly well as a multiplayer experience, and the inclusion of enhanced graphics, additional levels and online play makes the game feel like so much more than just a simple port of a classic. And as a bonus, nostalgia goggles are far from required here; a love of explosions and humor, on the other hand, most certainly are.
  3. Aug 2, 2012
    80
    The game's multiplayer is seamlessly integrated, and all that's missing is the ability to curse at the other player and attempt to slap their controller out of their hands.
  4. Jul 27, 2012
    70
    Nostalgia fiends are going to get an awful lot more out of Spy vs Spy than those who have never played the game previously: this is every bit the game that was played and loved all those years ago, and the option to play with retro graphics is a very nice addition. For everyone else, there's certainly an enjoyable game to be had here, but the controls will likely take some of the shine off the experience.
  5. Jul 31, 2012
    70
    A decent enough wander down memory lane, Spy vs Spy hasn't aged that well, but it's still fun in small doses.
  6. 60
    Somebody must still love Spy Vs Spy given the amount of effort that's been put into this remake, but the retro charm wears off extremely quickly.
  7. Jul 30, 2012
    40
    Purists and fans of the original will get their nostalgia's worth with Spy vs Spy but it was clearly made with only the most ardent of original fans in mind. Even they may wish to leave their memories in the past, as some of the rough edges that were forgiven 29 years ago are downright jagged today.

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