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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.
- Spyhunter - Alternate spelling
Credits (Arcade version)
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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)
- May 1985 (Issue 1) - #17 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'
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CPC-Power (in French)
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Cambridge Centre for Computing History
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for C64: reviews; music; manual; cover art digitalizations; additional material
The International Arcade Museum
extensive information about the arcade game machine
World of Spectrum
for ZX Spectrum: downloadable releases; additional material including – cassete inlay, advertisement, instructions; player reviews; magazine references; magazine adverts
- MobyGames ID: 7668
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Game added by Servo.
Commodore 64 added by Quapil. ColecoVision added by PCGamer77. Browser added by HelloMrKearns. BBC Micro added by ZeTomes. Palm OS, Arcade added by Kabushi. Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith. Atari 8-bit added by ZZip. ZX Spectrum added by James Glover. Antstream added by lights out party. Apple II added by RodeoInTheGreatWhiteNorth.
Additional contributors: formercontrib, Garcia, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack, ZeTomes.
Last modified February 22nd, 2023.