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Spy vs. Spy wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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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Products & Purchases
The spies are popular characters from Mad Magazine.
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.
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.
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