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Description

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.

Screenshots

Spy Hunter ColecoVision The weapons van
Spy Hunter ColecoVision Oil slick
Spy Hunter ColecoVision Title screen
Spy Hunter ColecoVision A game in progress

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Alternate Titles

  • "Spyhunter" -- Alternate spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jul 11, 2012 A 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90

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Trivia

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.

Development

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.

Remake

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

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #99 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #17 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

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PCGamer77 (3001) added Spy Hunter (ColecoVision) on Apr 09, 2003
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