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Spy vs Spy

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MAD magazine’s comic strip of the same name comes to life in this game which was designed for one or two players. The split-screen shows both spies at the same time. Play with a friend or against the machine.

The black spy and the white spy are out to outsmart each other before the time bell rings. Find the needed objects (money, passport, secret plans and airport door key) by searching rooms in the embassy, which include desks, file cabinets and other furniture. Foil your opponent by setting creative booby traps in the various rooms (a bomb in a dresser drawer, for instance). Traps can be disarmed with objects found in rooms (a water bucket from a firebox on the wall will disarm the bomb in the prior example). When all the items are together in the secret briefcase, head for the airport door.

Fights ensue when both spies enter the same room and are armed with clubs.


Spy vs Spy Apple II Here is what happens if you go to the airport without getting required items
Spy vs Spy Amstrad CPC Title
Spy vs Spy NES Title screen
Spy vs Spy Sharp X1 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "MAD Magazine's Official Spy vs. Spy" -- Manual/In-game title

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User Reviews

MAD Magazine's SPY VS SPY comes to life! Commodore 64 Christopher Whittum (7)
Less than playable. NES Game22 (42)

Critic Reviews

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1985 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines NES Nov, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Génération 4 SEGA Master System 1987 75 out of 100 75
Raze NES Feb, 1991 60 out of 100 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Jun 28, 2003 C+ 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1988 5.4 out of 12 45


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1001 Video Games

Spy vs. Spy appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Commodore Format
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #25 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #11 It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!

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