Agents!

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Arcade game inspired by Spy vs. Spy comic gets old quick.

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Ease of Play

Controls are simple, but a bit awkward. You tap anywhere on the screen to make your spy move, and hold down a finger to pivot the entire room around. A virtual directional pad would have been easier.

Violence

You can collect ammo for handguns, machine guns, and bazookas that will allow you to attack enemies when they're in the same room. Tap the enemy and you'll automatically begin shooting. When opponents are killed they keel over and disappear. There's no graphic violence, but the screen does turn red for a few seconds. It's possible to sidestep enemies altogether in most missions, but there is one mission in Campaign mode where you have to kill your adversary. You can also ambush enemies by setting explosive traps and tripwires.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Agents is an arcade game inspired by Mad Magazine's Spy vs. Spy comics, where two spies come up with creative and violent ways to defeat each other. In Agents the focus is on collecting documents before your opponent does, but you can still set tripwires and explosives to trap enemies, or shoot directly at them if both spies are in the same room. Weapons include handguns, machine guns, and bazookas.

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Is it any good?

AGENTS! is graphically impressive for an iPhone game, but becomes repetitive quickly. In the single-player campaign it's just as easy to bypass enemies altogether and not bother with any of the booby traps, and shootouts are automatic and therefore not very exciting. Controls are a bit awkward, and so is the grammar ("The white point in the map to the bottom right shows you the room which contains the exit door.") The game does have some lasting appeal as a multiplayer game, but friends can only play together over a local area network.

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