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Spy Hunter (Commodore 64)

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Originating in the arcades, Spy Hunter is a driving action game played from an overhead point of view. Your car is equipped with machine guns to help you get past the numerous enemies out on the road (be careful not to shoot any civilians, though!) Occasionally you will come across a weapons van, and if you drive into the back of the van your car becomes equipped with a second weapon (such as smoke screen, oil slick, or missiles). At several points the road splits and you can enter a boathouse which transforms your car into a boat temporarily. If you drive far enough the seasons change as well (watch out for icy conditions during winter!). The enemy cars will do anything to stop you, including running you off the road, firing guns from the back of a limo, or dropping bombs from a helicopter.


Spy Hunter Commodore 64 The weapons van
Spy Hunter Commodore 64 A game in progress
Spy Hunter Commodore 64 Driving the boat...
Spy Hunter Commodore 64 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Spyhunter" -- Alternate spelling

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User Reviews

Great chase game *Katakis* (37809) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Zzap! May, 1985 87 out of 100 87
Commodore User Mar, 1989 56 out of 100 56
Commodore User Jun, 1985 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Spy Hunter appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #2), the game was originally developed as James Bond licensee, but the publisher backed out because of the high licensing fees.


There is a freeware remake named Highway Pursuit released in 2003.


  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #99 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

Quapil (4742) added Spy Hunter (Commodore 64) on May 01, 2003
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