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Spy Hunter

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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 Arcade Title screen
Spy Hunter Atari 2600 A game in progress
Spy Hunter Commodore 64 The weapons van
Spy Hunter PC Booter Cars coming up behind you... (CGA with RGB monitor)

Alternate Titles

  • "Spyhunter" -- Alternate spelling

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User Reviews

Great chase game Commodore 64 *Katakis* (37871)
Brilliant James Bond-esque style action racer..... Apple II Garcia (4773)
who doesn't like spy hunter!?! NES Jeff Koerner (32)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Jul 11, 2012 A 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games ColecoVision Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1985 87 out of 100 87
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Just Games Retro NES Dec 24, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Tilt ZX Spectrum Sep, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Commodore User Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 56 out of 100 56
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jun, 1985 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Jun, 1985 5 out of 15 33
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 10, 2000 D- 16


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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)
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #17 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

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