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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.


  • Spyhunter - Alternate spelling

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Credits (Arcade version)

14 People

Developed by
Top Agent
Special Force Team
Audio (uncredited)



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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Related Sites +

  • AtariMania (Atari 2600)
    for Atari 2600: downloadable release; online version; cassette inlay; advertisement; additional material
  • AtariMania (Atari 8-bit)
    for (Atari 8-bit): downloadable release; software sets; advertisement; additional material
  • CPC-Power (in French)
    for Amstrad CPC: game database entry; package material; manual digitalizations; downloadable releases; additional material
  • Cambridge Centre for Computing History
    for (BBC Micro): exhibit reference ID CH4319; additional material
  • Lemon 64
    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

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  • MobyGames ID: 7668


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Contributors to this Entry

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.

Game added November 3rd, 2002. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.