As I remember, I always wanted a game where you play as a
spy, and you could either lay traps, or just duke it out. But I
wanted it so that you had to be careful, or else your own traps will
backfire on you. After awhile, I relized I owned a copy of a game
that fits that description: Spy vs Spy!
Based off of the famous MAD comic strip, you play as the White Spy, and you have been sent to get
some files or something and return them to your leader. Basically
you go into every room in the current building, and you try to
find a Briefcase, a Passport, some Money, a Key, and the files, then
you go to the Airport (the doorway opens up somewhere in the
stage once you get all of the items.) and exit the Stage.
Of course, you can't just stroll in and do what you please...there is an
enemy spy (the black one) that is not only trying to stop you, but also
to complete the mission before you. Your view is one the top,
his is on the bottom. In order to take any items that he has, there's only
one way to do it...kill him. You can either fight fist-to-fist (or find a
knife, he he) or set the traps. There are a variety of tools that can be
set on different places (doors, drawers, the floor, etc.) and when an unwitting
opponent sets foot in the room, they disappear for a few seconds. Did I also
mention there's a time limit?
The music.... good tune, but it's the same through the whole game.
It gets drowned by sound effects most of the time.
Actually, I mentioned all I can about sound. Now for more important
Everything controls fine, I really only have one quarry:
when you walk down a ladder, you can't walk back up until the spy gets
all the way down, which is a small pain if there happens to be a
smart bomb in that room (that's the trap that turns your face blue, then
makes you explode).
Ok, now the fun of the game: The traps!!! Actually, this
game, even WITH its traps, would be nothing without the much-fun
2P mode. I mean, we know what the CPU Spy will do (Run around, searching
for items, putting bombs in dumb places) but a human would make a
better spy than anyone!
Speaking of Spies, that brings up a Problem with the game:
there is only one enemy: the other spy. While that's not much of a
problem (you do, after all, have the traps for suspense) when I said
"Playing as a Spy" earlier in this review, I meant exploring heavily-guarded buildings,
secretly taking out mobs of people with my antics, and dangerous
stuff like that. I was thinking of something like Metal Gear, man! Just
with more action! But not this "only one enemy" gibberish.
Despite these minor flaws, I must say THIS GAME ROCKS! It's
one of the best deathmatch games on the NES and no one can resist laying traps,
so what you waiting for? Go for it!