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The potential monotony of the game is broken up by an optional,
very difficult area where the player can choose to transform into a
speed boat for a spell, and the game is backed by an excellent synth
composition of the iconic theme to the television show Peter Gunn. All
in all, this is a very good and faithful port of its arcade roots.
Spy Hunter hearkens back to simple arcade beat-your-score challenges of yesteryear. You pilot a speeding Ferrari down highways that scroll from the top of the screen to the bottom. Along the way, you will be accosted by armored cars, bullet shooting cars, and tire-popping spiked cars. They have to die, and points are your reward. Your point tally increases more rapidly the faster you go, which is accomplished by moving your car up closer to the top of the screen. This, of course, means that your reaction time is cut shorter, and you must be on guard for road curves, hazards, and traffic. One hit at high speed makes your car kablooey. You must also watch out for the innocent cars, which temporarily suspend your ability to gain points if you toast them.
Spy Hunter brings back many arcade memories, but the game play is far more frustrating. Between odd speed variants and random bugs in this version, the arcade version is far preferable. We love Spy Hunter, and the NES version offers a good version of it, but the bugs make it far less desirable than it should be.
Even if you desire to be a Spy Hunter expert, it will take dozens, if not hundreds, of lives to get a handle on the game’s blinding quickness. But again, why bother? Personal fulfillment should come from playing and progressing through a game, any game, regardless of genre. Unless you just enjoy watching points rack up, Spy Hunter offers little enjoyment to the player.
Here's a surprisingly lame version of the popular arcade hit. VIewing the action from overhead, you control a James Bond-style car loaded with weapons and gadgets. You can shoot enemy cars or bump them off of the road, but the control is atrocious! Apparently you car only has only two speeds: too fast and too slow! When driving fast, you have no chance to react to oncoming cars, and when driving slow, the bad guys run you right off of the road. Spy Hunter's graphics are fair, but unimproved from the original arcade game. All in all, this is a major disappointment.