Home Computing Weekly

Spy Hunter

Author: D.N.
Publisher: U. S. Gold
Machine: Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #112

If you'd like the role of James Bond on a fast-moving, action-packed car chase, then Spy Hunter might come close to meeting your aspirations. The action is fast and furious, requiring skill and quick reactions.

In Spy Hunter, you take control of the Spy Car, a fast sports car. The aim appears to be to travel as far as possible, destroying enemy vehicles along the way, until you eventually run out of time and cars.

Comprehensive instructions tell you all about the various enemy cars you are likely to encounter. At the start of the game, you get a novice/expert selection, although there is little to choose.

Spy Hunter

The game starts with your van appearing at the bottom of the screen. Your car rolls off, and using the keyboard or joysticks - a wide variety of interfaces can be used - you control the car through a twisting route, avoiding disaster at the edge of the road, or enemies on the road. The action is fast, so quick reactions are necessary.

Every time your car is destroyed, your van reappears to bring you another, until time runs out. You also return to your van when you require additional weapons, such as rockets to deal with an enemy helicopter.

The speed of graphics is impressive: at top speed, the winding road swiftly passes a variety of terrains. According to the instructions, the chase can transfer to water, as your car is amphibious, but I never got that far!


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