Spy vs. Spy
A simple game based
on the comic strip that featured in Mad magazine about a black spy and a
white spy who are always trying to kill each other. The first game in
this series was on the NES system which was a lot of fun considering the
limitations of the system. However unfortunately the XBox version,
despite the new technology behind the game really doesn't do much in the
way of good gameplay or even graphics. The two spies are faithfully
recreated, however the world in which they battle is a bit mundane.
There simply doesn't seem to be a lot of heart in the game which
revolves around tipping acid on each other and all other sorts of traps.
The controls are sluggish and fairly unresponsive, taking away a bit
from the gameplay and general enjoyment of the game. The title redeems
itself a bit with XBox Live but not to any great extent other than the
fact that it takes some of the predictability out of the title. Level
design whilst looking solid in these screen shots is pretty limited and
there are areas where the action simply stops as it is not put together
to facilitate smooth gameplay.
There is a platform element to this title that is hit and miss for the
most part with skewed sense of direction that simply makes for many
mistakes being made through the course of the game. If you choose to
play the game in classic mode, the platforming parts of the title
mercifully go away which is a blessing. There are other bits and pieces
that you can achieve with completing the game such as new costumes.
Really not enough to keep you going or even wondering what was going to
This game is best suited to younger players and I think that older
gamers might be disappointed with it overall. I would certainly
recommend a hire before you put serious money down on this title. Not a
worthy homage to this great little comic strip.