featuring Simulvision™, Simulplay™ and the Trapulator™
SPY vs SPY for Android, iOS & Windows 8.1
Though no longer available, based on First Star Software’s original, multi-million unit selling, break out hit on the Commodore 64; Apple II series; and Atari 400/800 computers, the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad versions of Spy vs Spy featured online and local multiplayer matches while the Android and Windows versions only supported local multiplayer matches. All versions included 16 new embassies (plus the original 8), virtual joystick or swipe controls, pixel perfect retro mode as well as a modern mode and original theme music plus four selectable remixes both with the famous black and white spies from MAD Magazine.
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Named “New and Noteworthy” by Apple, Spy vs Spy zoomed to the top of the charts becoming the #1 Top Paid iPhone/iPod touch App and the #2 Top Paid iPad App in the United States. Spy vs Spy was also the #1 Top Paid iPhone/iPod touch App in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Poland; and, the #1 Top Paid iPad App in Australia, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden.
How The Game Was Played
Your mission was to escape the embassy, top secret briefcase in hand remembering that all else was but a mere distraction! You needed to locate and finally collect the missing passport, traveling money, key and secret plans before making your way to the airport door to board your plane – all before time ran out -all while placing booby-traps for your opponent, avoiding or defusing those set by him and engaging in club-to-club combat.
First Star developed the first of its three games in its Spy vs Spy series to exploit its license of the popular cartoon series featured in MAD Magazine and included real-time animation, superb graphics, competitive game play and mad-cap action. First Star no longer has any rights pertaining to the Spy vs Spy Intellectual Property. The title’s appeal was greatly enhanced by First Star’s revolutionary, split-screen display, Simulvision™. This unique solution to head-to-head competition, invented by First Star, allowed both players to be active simultaneously, eliminating the need to alternate turns. Simulplay™, as supported by Simulvision™, enabled players to move about collecting items, setting traps (using the Trapulator™) and engaging in hand-to-hand combat if they entered the same play field. The copyrights pertaining to the distinctive gameplay elements; stories and plots utilized in First Star’s three games in its Spy vs Spy series of games, as well as Simulplay, Simulvision and the Trapulator have been assigned to a third party and are no longer owned by First Star Software nor BBG Entertainment GmbH. First published by First Star in 1984 for the Atari 4/800; C-64 and Apple II. The game was exceptionally well received worldwide, winning numerous awards, critical acclaim as an innovative, best-seller.
There were Amiga, Amstrad, BBC/Electron, and MSX computer versions of the first game in the SPY vs SPY series by the time the sequel was released. SPY vs SPY – Vol. 2 – “The Island Caper”™ was also released for the Atari 4/800; C-64 and Apple II by First Star while it enjoyed an equal success by our licensees which included: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.; Accolade; Kotobuki/KEMCO; EPYX; and, Zoomsoft.
Kotobuki, under license from First Star, released SPY vs SPY – Vol. 1 for the NES in North America. Kotobuki also shipped SPY vs SPY – Vol. 1 in Europe and achieved excellent sales there as well. The Game Boy version of SPY vs SPY was released first in Japan in June of 1992 and was then later published throughout the rest of the world and re-released in 1997. In February of 1999 First Star granted a worldwide license to Kotobuki for the Game Boy Color rights to SPY vs SPY – Vol. 1. Sega Enterprises, Ltd. licensed the Sega rights, throughout the world, for SPY vs SPY – Vol. 1 on their 8 bit Master System. They released the program in both Japan and Europe prior to its release in North America for Christmas 1988. SEGA renewed their license to this program for a fifth year due to continuing sales.
The third and last game in First Star’s SPY vs SPY series was SPY vs SPY-Arctic Antics. Released in 1987 by EPYX. Prior to the release on SPY vs SPY by Robots & Pencils for Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, combined video game sales for the SPY vs SPY programs, worldwide, on various systems was well into the millions of units.