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.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

The app was not found in the store. :-(