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Death to Spies is a third-person shooter with a focus on stealth. The story is told as a series of flashbacks by captain Semion Strogov during an interrogation in the early fifties. He used to be part of SMERSH, a counterespionage group in the Soviet Union, set up to counter German infiltration and to track down traitors during World War II. The missions are largely based on real operations.

Prior to each mission, the player assembles a kit of weapons, grenades, chloroform, a choke cord, a health kit, ammo and other items. Semion can also search dead bodies during the game for new weapons. It is possible to play the game as a regular shooter, but that course is hardly ever rewarded. Instead, Semion has to sneak around, take out enemies silently and remain undetected. Enemies react to sounds and what they see. There are different states of alertness and the player can watch their viewing direction on an overlay map to plan the actions. One of the safest ways to move around is to take the clothes of an enemy officer. To have the disguise work, Semion must be sure the body cannot be found, there can't be blood on the uniform, he has to carry the correct weapon, and he can't walk to close to other officers or they recognize he's not a colleague.

Missions are set in locations such as villages, cities, a prison, a hotel, ... with different objectives such as stealing documents, freeing a prisoner of war, or killing a traitor. Almost any vehicle can be driven and these include motorcycles, jeeps and trucks.


Death to Spies Windows Title screen
Death to Spies Windows Cut-scene sequence: Semion is being interrogated.
Death to Spies Windows The tutorial with the objectives and map overlays shown.
Death to Spies Windows Main menu: creating a profile.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Смерть шпионам" -- Russian spelling

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Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Sep 27, 2007 81 out of 100 81
IGN Nov 26, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Games Finder Mar 15, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75
GamingExcellence Dec 14, 2007 7.4 out of 10 74
Game Captain Oct 31, 2007 70 out of 100 70
Chief Oct, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 21, 2007 14 out of 20 70
PC Action (Germany) Oct 24, 2007 68 out of 100 68
Out Of Eight Nov 07, 2007 5 out of 8 62
Worth Playing Apr 12, 2008 4.2 out of 10 42


Topic # Posts Last Post
Help at mission 9 3 JudgeDeadd (28124)
Feb 21, 2009
No vision cones? 3 JudgeDeadd (28124)
Feb 13, 2009



The missions and their background are largely based on real historical events of WW2. For example, one of the target persons in mission #5 (Paycheck), Major Andreas Meyer-Mader and the reason he should be killed.


The English localized version is censored. There are no pictures of real Nazi leaders and no swastikas, although this is not forbidden in the USA or the UK.


One of the target persons in mission #6 (Project Y) is Professor Charles Brown. This might be a reference to the famous cartoon character Charlie Brown from Peanuts.

Related Web Sites

  • Death to Spies (official website)
  • Death to Spies - Wikipedia (article about the game in the open encyclopedia)
  • MoTmod (This mod combines the "Death to Spies" and its sequel "Death to Spies: Moment of Truth". So you can play all 17 missions from both games under the enhanced version of the engine from the sequel.)
  • Official Forum (The official forums for the game, hosted by the publisher, 1C.)
  • Unofficial Death to Spies Enhancement Addon (The Death to Spies Enhancement Addon is a hybrid of an unofficial patch and an improvement mod. The goal of the addon is to improve gameplay, ambiance, and atmosphere. Improvements include decensoring the game (textures and blood), bugfixes (texts, textures, scripts), optimization (visual, aural, textual, and gameplay/scripting), simplification (gameplay).)
Sciere (813554) added Death to Spies (Windows) on Sep 11, 2007