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Description

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.

Screenshots

Spy Hunter Commodore 64 Crossing a bridge...
Spy Hunter Amstrad CPC Title screen
Spy Hunter PC Booter A game in progress (CGA with RGB monitor)
Spy Hunter Commodore 64 Trying to get away from helicopter.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Spyhunter" -- Alternate spelling

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User Reviews

Great chase game Commodore 64 Katakis | カタキス (41494)
Brilliant James Bond-esque style action racer..... Apple II Garcia (4843)
who doesn't like spy hunter!?! NES Jeff Koerner (38)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jul 01, 2001 A 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1985 87 out of 100 87
Crash! ZX Spectrum May, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jun, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Pixel ZX Spectrum Jun, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Tilt ZX Spectrum Sep, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1989 6 out of 10 60
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Feb 22, 2018 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 10, 2000 D- 16

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Trivia

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.

Development

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.

Remake

There is a freeware remake named Highway Pursuit released in 2003.

Awards

  • 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!'

Related Web 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)
  • Cambridge Centre for Computing History (for (BBC Micro): exhibit reference ID CH4319; additional material)
  • CPC-Power (in French) (for Amstrad CPC: game database entry; package material; manual digitalizations; downloadable releases; 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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