You only live… loads of times
Drawing its cues from ’60s Bond and other spy-fi thrillers of the era, CounterSpy is a game of sneaking and shooting your way through a secret base, collecting intelligence to stop an evil rocket launch or whatever villainy was popular then. Each mission consists of a series of rooms, and they’re generated afresh each time you play, so you never have the same mission twice. Most of the time, it plays as a 2D platformer, and you swipe left or right to move in that direction. Interacting with the world is done with a double- tap, which does everything from taking out unsuspecting guards to hiding behind pillars – which can be a pain if two things overlap. There’s also some 3D shooting when in cover, and an ‘alarm’ system to manage.
It’s fun for a while, but the controls feel a little bit clunky, and the game has a bit of a samey element as time goes on. Matt Bolton
A stylish sneaking game with clever touches, but loose controls and samey challenges let it down.