Spy vs Spy




Polished update of beloved arcade classic; cartoony fights.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

While setting traps and finding the necessary items to win a round are fairly easy, it's easy to lose your place in the game's map. And traps will affect anyone who encounters them, even if you set them. Also, controlling the onscreen movement of the spies is less than optimal. 


While the Spies in the game set traps for each other that "kill" their opponents, they're comical -- such as a spring that flings you across the room or a bucket of water that falls on your head. The spies also fight each other with bats and kicks to the shin, but this is only reflected in still pictures shown in action buttons above their heads and is, again, cartoonish. 

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The spies are popular characters from Mad Magazine.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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 kids can learn

Spy vs. Spy wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:July 27, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:43.00 MB
Publisher:Robots and Pencils Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.1 or later

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