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Spy vs Spy

MobyRank MobyScore
PC-88
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SEGA Master System
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3.4
Commodore 16, Plus/4
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3.8
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Spy vs Spy Apple II Loader/Title
Spy vs Spy Apple II Black spy ran out of time. So sad
Spy vs Spy Commodore 64 "Oops! I have all the items with me, but I just forgot the ticket"
Spy vs Spy Commodore 64 Black Spy was defeated

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)

The Press Says

Techtite Apple II 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1985 93 out of 100 93
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1994 80 out of 100 80
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Feb, 1990 65 out of 100 65
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Jun 28, 2003 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic NES Jul 02, 2000 C+ 58
1UP! NES Jun 21, 2013 46 out of 100 46
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1988 5.4 out of 12 45

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Awards

  • 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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