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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.

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Spy vs Spy NES Starting the game
Spy vs Spy Atari ST Controls
Spy vs Spy Amstrad CPC Whichever spy loses the fight, he will be out of action for five seconds
Spy vs Spy Amstrad CPC Black discovers a trap, and gets electrocuted

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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
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Info Commodore 64 Sep, 1984 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Sinclair Programs ZX Spectrum Sep, 1985 71 out of 100 71
All Game Guide SEGA Master System 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Raze NES Feb, 1991 60 out of 100 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Jun 28, 2003 C+ 58
1UP! NES Jun 21, 2013 46 out of 100 46

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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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