Spy vs. Spy (2005 video game)

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Spy vs. Spy
Spy vs. Spy Cover 2005 PS2.jpg
Developer(s) Vicious Cycle Software
Publisher(s) Global Star Software
Engine Vicious Engine
Platform(s) Xbox
PlayStation 2
Release Xbox
  • NA: April 6, 2005
  • PAL: April 29, 2005
PlayStation 2
  • PAL: April 29, 2005
Genre(s) Platformer

Spy vs. Spy is a video game developed by Vicious Cycle Software, published by Global Star Software and based on the MAD magazine's titular comic strip. The game features the two spies ("Black" and "White") in a unique story mode, plus two other game modes ("Modern" and "Classic"), and a multiplayer mode for up to 4 players. A GameCube version was planned, but it was cancelled.

Game modes[edit]

Story mode[edit]

In this single-player mode the player is able to choose between Black Spy or White Spy to complete a variety of missions filled with puzzles and a cast of enemies, including the enemy spy, all of which are AI-controlled. The story has been developed to be like an extended episode of the 1960s cartoon with a modern twist. The choice of spy does not matter - the player will still receive the same weapons and gadgets on either campaign. Likewise also, there are the same missions each way.

Modern/Classic mode[edit]

These modes can be played in Single player or Multiplayer. The aim of these modes is to collect 4 artifacts from safes around the map (and a Briefcase in Classic mode to carry all of the items) before the other spy, and then escaping in either the elevator or (in Modern mode) some unusual getaway vehicle. The winner is the player who collects all 4 artifacts from the map and then escapes. This rule applies in both Modern and Classic modes - the only difference is that the 8 Modern maps are all unique and different, but the Classic maps are more like the 1960s cartoon and the original game. The 8 Modern modes are: The Mansion, The Kooky Carnival, The Robot Factory, The Oil Rig, The Haunted House, The Volcano Lair, Area 51 & The Space Station, whereas the Classic mode increases in room size by 1 every level.

Other multiplayer modes[edit]

In this mode, two new coloured spies are introduced, Red and Blue. These spies are AI-controlled with 2 players or can be chosen in 3 or 4-player mode. These are basically Deathmatch/Capture the Flag style games - kill all other spies and capture their flags to win, and can be played in either Modern or Classic modes.


Review scores
GameSpyN/A2/5 stars[4]
OXM (US)N/A5.4/10[7]
X-PlayN/A2/5 stars[10]
Detroit Free PressN/A2/4 stars[11]
The Sydney Morning Herald2/5 stars[12]2/5 stars[12]
Aggregate score

The Xbox version received "mixed" reviews, while the PlayStation 2 version received "unfavorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[14][13]

Sequel and remaster[edit]

A sequel and remaster, titled Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy (or Spies) is currently being developed by ONIGAME Team and set to be released in March 2019.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vassar, Darryl (April 20, 2005). "Spy vs Spy (Xbox)". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on June 15, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Gibson, Ellie (June 10, 2005). "Spy vs. Spy (Xbox)". Eurogamer. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (April 14, 2005). "Spy vs. Spy Review (Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ Vasconcellos, Eduardo (April 18, 2005). "GameSpy: Spy Vs. Spy (Xbox)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 27, 2005. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ Berner, Matt (April 20, 2005). "Spy vs. Spy - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 25, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ Clayman, David (May 6, 2005). "Spy vs. Spy (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Spy vs. Spy". Official Xbox Magazine: 89. July 2005. 
  8. ^ Fisher, Matthew (April 14, 2005). "Spy Vs. Spy Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ Dransfield, Ian (May 10, 2005). "Spy vs. Spy Review (PS2)". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ Leeper, Justin (May 24, 2005). "Spy vs. Spy Review (Xbox)". X-Play. Archived from the original on July 10, 2006. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ Newman, Heather (May 8, 2005). "'Spy vs. Spy'". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on May 14, 2005. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Wilcox, Mike (May 28, 2005). "Mad, bad fizzer". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Spy vs. Spy for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Spy vs. Spy for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy official website". onigame.ca. Retrieved 20 March 2018. 

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