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Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34
  1. 78
    Vicious Cycle did an excellent job in recreating the comic in a video game, too bad there's only one safe house to spawn from.
  2. It's downright lame. It feels exactly like what it is – a cell-shaded game where you have to navigate large deathmatch maps essentially picking up "keys" in order to progress to the next level. It's loud, it's uninspired, and gets boring after a few hours.
  3. It's simplicity personified, and it will never be the classic that the original was, but Spy vs Spy still has that mischievous spirit to bring a childish smile to everyone's face.
  4. The combat is solid, and the exaggerated spy look/feel to the game gives it an extra something that sets it apart from other combat games. However, the modes aren't varied that much, and the single-payer experience is weak at best, resulting in a title that will be a blast for a few days, and then fades to the back of a collection.
  5. For a party of friends – either local or online – Spy vs. Spy would make a great weekend rental, but gamers looking for substance in their action platformers would most likely be disappointed with Spy vs. Spy.
  6. 45
    The controls aren't terrible, but the basic gameplay of story mode is so bland that it is difficult to stay interested in it for more than five minutes.
  7. 40
    Even though Spy vs. Spy has some dreadful, contrived gameplay, things are evened out a bit with options for in-game Dolby Digital sound and HDTV 480p functions. Even though you're stuck with a mediocre game, it will look and sound fairly clean.
  8. It's a shame Global Star didn't spend more energy on the single-player experience, or perhaps even drop the Story mode completely in favor for still more multiplayer modes and/or maps.
  9. On the one hand, Spy vs. Spy is a fun, engaging, throwaway platform game that comes in at the right price. The addition of the multiplayer modes and classic game are just a bonus. On the other hand, you've got a fairly buggy and technically inferior platform game that contains just enough inventiveness to get by.
  10. And while the graphics are fun, the translation into 3D has been totally mishandled and lost the whole appeal of the gameplay.
  11. The celebrated comic series makes a jump to the Xbox, but the sub par gameplay and weak visuals in this budget game doesn't do it any justice.
  12. But no amount of colourful 3D graphics and soothing jazz can make up for tiresome puzzles, empty levels, unoriginal weapons and endless backtracking.
  13. A great little game which mirrors Mad Magazine characters perfectly. It's not groundbreaking, but it's fun, and that's the main key to remember.
  14. With a few friends (or online), you may have some fun for a time, but more than likely its clunky controls and limited offerings will quickly become a bore.
  15. Overly simplistic and staged cause-and-effect do not a good Spy vs. Spy game make. [June 2005, p.56]
  16. It's inventive, funny, engaging and somewhat original although I think the developers should have stayed true to Prohias' vision.
  17. The stylized and cartoon-like depiction is as accurate as I could hope for, from the slinky spy creeping movement to the peculiar and lethal traps.
  18. In the end, Spy vs. Spy fails to innovate-nothing sets it apart from the Sly Coopers and Maximos of the action genre, except for its mediocrity.
  19. Spy vs. Spy continues Vicious Cycles' tradition of graphically strong games that lack solid game play.
  20. This game is very shallow. Instead of being a content-rich $20 game such as Phantom Dust, that's as deep as an ocean, we get a mediocre action game that's has the depth of a kiddie pool.
  21. 55
    The game is good for those who are just after a laugh and a fun time with their mates away from 'stat slaves', which have become far too frequent on a little-known FPS called "Halo 2."
  22. Suffers from a very pedestrian single player game that lacks the humour of the comic on which it's based, which is very disappointing considering how funny and clever they often were. Multiplayer is more fun, and is a good game for weekend hire.
  23. A madcap, farcical mishmash of both online and offline multiplayer options, along with a fairly weak, platformer-centric single-player Story Mode. [July 2005, p.89]
  24. 50
    The one bit about Spy vs. Spy that really shines is the presentation. Each level looks radically different than the last, and comes complete with its own, unique challenges.
  25. Very basic, very average and a little fun in small doses.
  26. Those who yearn for a return to yesteryear will find little solace in the game's so-called "classic" mode, which isn't an emulation of the 8-bit original, but simply the original game's layout structures and objectives within the new game's visual style.
  27. Fans of the original Spy vs. Spy games won't find anything worth playing in this Xbox update. But even if you don't know what the series is about, you aren't really missing anything.
  28. If you're thinking of buying this because it's cheap, don't bother, as even at its budget price it's still not worth the money.
  29. 23
    Overall, after playing this game one time through (ugh, tell me about it), I can confidentially say that I will never play this game ever again and never look back. This game is awful, plain and simple.
  30. The variety of traps is nice, and until the novelty of blowing your opponent up with an electrocuting doorknob wears off, the online game is a lot of fun. Once that's over, though, you realize that Spy vs. Spy just doesn't have the depth of bigger-budget titles.
  31. If you don't have any friends over 30, the developers have kindly provided 'bots. [July 2005, p.91]
  32. 40
    Consider Spy vs. Spy a third-person parody of the genre that doesn't add much to the equation.
  33. The lack of humour and pedestrian platform chores are reason enough to stick with the duo's entertaining comic-book adventures.
  34. Another big disappointment is the lack of inclusion of the incredibly catchy Spy Vs Spy theme song heard every week on the MAD TV show on Fox.

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