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According to our demographics, not many of you will remember playing the licensed Spy vs Spy game adapted from the MAD Magazine characters in its original Commodore, Atari, and Apple II release. Those of you who do (or who tried the various console remakes) will be thrilled to learn that there's a new release of the game, with both modern Flash-style animation and a translated version of the original. And yes, multiplayer is included.

Spy vs Spy is a mix of strategy and exploration. You play either the white or the black spy, exploring an embassy searching for five items: cash, a passport, a key, the secret plans, and a briefcase to carry them all at once. You'll have to find each item, placing them in various pieces of furniture until you have the briefcase. Once you've got everything, you can leave the embassy. But hold on, the opposite spy is also searching the embassy for the same items, and there's only one of each. You can kill him with direct melee combat (basically button mashing), or hide traps in the various places he'll be looking. He'll also be hiding traps for you, so you'll need to either avoid them or diffuse them with the counter-measures hidden in each stage. There's a ticking clock for both spies - finding items and beating your opponent gets you more time and reduces his.

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The Chillingo re-release is a faithful adaptation of the original game, though the awkward quasi-3D control scheme remains. You can play in a single-player campaign, duke it out against other humans, or take a stroll through memory lane with retro mode. Since Chillingo is owned by EA, you know that the game will include in-app purchases, but they're surprisingly benign. Currency earned in-game or via IAP can unlock cheats, extra traps, and more levels in the single-player mode, but can't be used in the multiplayer game. How reasonable.

Another side-effect of EA ownership: multiple versions for different locations. North American readers, use the first widget below, everyone else, use the second. Spy vs Spy is a reasonable $1, and it works with Android 2.3.3 or higher.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Al McDowall

    Wow! I remember playing this on my C64 - great times were had. Might just have to pick this one up...

  • djghettoredneck

    Loved this game. Even looked for it when I got my Note 3

  • Anthony L.

    Great. Pay for the game and then more for in-app purchases. Thanks to Chillingo for whoring out a classic like Spy vs Spy.

    • SteffGibbonsrae

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      believe that a stay at home mom can make $7420 in four weeks on the internet .
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      • Andrew

        That Thelma, at it again! :/

  • Spasillium

    Wasn't this released on iOS almost 2 years ago? Yup, I still have it in my iTunes library of now-useless iPhone apps.

    • Anthony Tyson

      Yeah I'm over the long wait for apps. It's stupid.

  • Sergio Carmona

    It's about time! iOS users had this 2 years ago already... wait... EA??? oh man... er.... SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

  • Simon Belmont

    I still have this for my old Commodore 64. Haven't played it in years, though.

    99 cents and IAP. Nice work, Chillingo. I think I'll go fire up my C64 instead. No IAP on that.

    • Al McDowall

      After that, get some Paradroid in. And Impossible Mission. And Ghostbusters. And Manic Miner. And and and and

      • Enonumus

        Lode Runner could be very nicely adapted to Android, that was a great series from the 80s. Ghostbusters was okay, but I seem to remember always losing. Can't remember the details really clearly, that was 30 years ago.

  • ddh819

    played this on the apple ][

  • Android Developer

    I remember I played this as a kid, but for some reason I remember the game took place in a snowy environment. Is it a different game?

    • https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5oCUR11M24mekZubnc4ZUFCUU0/edit?usp=sharing Metsie

      That was Spy vs Spy II

      • Android Developer

        oh, cool.

  • Enonumus

    Had this on my C64 in the mid 80s as a teen, it was a fun game. Spy vs Spy was a classic part of Mad magazine, always funny, and the game was a nice take on it. Wouldn't mind seeing an entirely new multiplayer game built from the ground up, based on the characters (seeing as how the cold war with Russia is heating back up).

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Listen to this:
    Have nostalgia.
    Now move along.

  • DKT70

    Hard to believe that not only did I play this great game 30 years ago on my Atari 800XL, but I was playing this multiplayer with a few mates, 30 years ago. We used to play for hours, laughing so much every time the traps went off. Great memories.
    If this is IAP-free then I'm buying this.

  • C64

    Loved this game on the c64. I even build a trainer in it. Yeah i was a cracker, swapper, graphic artist back in the days.

    Greets: Blow (former member) of Slash Design / Entropy

  • Adrian

    says $2.99 with in app purchases when you follow the link, not $.99

  • Anna

    It's definitely over 3.00 USD in Poland. What?

  • NinjaLombax

    What is the difference between the two links?