Spy vs Spy
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spy vs Spy is a faithful remake of a classic arcade game. While there's plenty of violence as the spies fight and set fatal traps for each other, it's all very cartoonish and never graphic. (When spies "die," they float upward wearing wings.) Players must remember where they set traps, as those can explode in their own face as well. There is a multiplayer mode, which lets players play against strangers, but no in-game communication is permitted. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
What Kids Can Learn
Spy vs. Spy wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
Players navigate an embassy searching for required items behind desks, in safes, and in other areas, while setting traps to slow down their opponents. These traps range from springs that send the opposing spy flying across the room to buckets of water that electrocute them. The catch: Those traps can be just as deadly to you if you forget where you set them. When in the same room, spies can fight through a series of button mashes.
Is it any good?
The Spy vs Spy arcade game is a favorite among many gamers -- and this update of the title is only going to stoke that enthusiasm. Retaining the adventure and action elements of the original, along with all of the comedy, this new version brings the graphics to the high definition era, which welcomes in a new audience (and makes it an easier game to play). There's a thorough tutorial for newcomers -- and a wealth of multiplayer modes.
It's not an easy game, though, by any means, which could frustrate some people. But whereas some mobile titles coddle players, Spy vs Spy offers complex, rich gameplay that makes it much more rewarding when you win.