#97: Spy Hunter

Released In: 1987
Developer: Sunsoft
Under License From: Bally Midway
Publisher: Sunsoft

      Sunsoft's NES port of Midway's classic 1983 arcade game. Race down deadly roads, icy roads, more deadly roads, maybe a river, and even more deadly roads, as you square off against a host of opposing vehicles and dodge innocent travelers.

Syd Lexia: Apparently you could switch to a speedboat for a while if you progressed far enough in the game. As you may have guessed by my use of "apparently", I wasn't particularly good at this game. This game also had a fairly well-known glitch that allowed you to drive off the road, rendering you invincible for as long as you stayed there. Since the game goes on forever, this cheat was fairly useless. But if you enjoy watching video games play themselves, Sunsoft's version of Spy Hunter might be the game for you.

Honestly, I don't really care for Spy Hunter. This game is only on the list because Midway gave me a shitload of money to help them promote Spy Hunter: Nowhere To Run featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. At least, I was hoping they would.

Valdronius: This driving game had groovy music and a couple different weapons and that was it, really. All you did was drive along a rural road, trying not to get run off the pavement by enemy cars. Occasionally you’d come to fork in the road, and you might encounter a helicopter or motorcycle, but there was very little spying and a distinct lack of hunting.

Dr. Jeebus: I don't know who voted for this game, but when I find out I'm going to slit their throats. I can shoot a dude on a motorcycle multiple times without knocking him over, but if I look at someone funny then my car explodes. There's a reason this game didn't get any higher than 97, but I fear even that may be too high.

Jerry Seinfeld: What's the deal with Spy Hunter? The whole game is just you driving around aimlessly, trying not to get killed. The cars hunt YOU. The helicopters hunt YOU. The boats hunt YOU. They shoulda called it Hunted Spy.

Fun Fact: Spy Hunter is a 100% accurate simulation of the New Jersey Turnpike.

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