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Description

Double Agent is a single player, text adventure.

Given the title one would expect a story about spies, treachery and such but this is not the case. This is a sci-fi story set in the future on the planet Marego. It's rebels are trying to take control of the planet and the crystal they are using as their power source is polluting the planet. The player controls an exploration party which is almost wiped out by these rebels as they landed. There are two survivors, one tough but with limited knowledge, the other weaker but learned.
Due to the nature of the attack neither can think for themselves so the player has to guide both characters through the game so that they return with both the crystal and samples for analysis. The game features a split screen which allows the player to 'see' both agents at the same time, entering 1 or 2 switches control from one to the other.

A free game Escape, also from Tartan Software was included on the 'B' side of the cassette tape.

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Double Agent ZX Spectrum There's a competition for the first solution
Double Agent ZX Spectrum The game's backstory, screen one.<br>The initial landing didn't go too well
Double Agent ZX Spectrum This is displayed after the title screen while the machine dispenses with the instructions and loads the game
Double Agent ZX Spectrum The game screen. Both agents are in different places

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Competition

The game sold for £3.95 and sales must have been good because within the game is a competition announcement offering a £50 prize to the gamer who sent in the shortest solution. The closing date was 30th June 1988 but according to World of Spectrum this was extended to November 1988. The author has published a solution that shows the game can be completed in one hundred and thirty-eight moves.
piltdown_man (166040) added Double Agent (ZX Spectrum) on Feb 19, 2017