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Mac Format - - RATED - £2.99 De­vel­oper PlaySta­tion Mo­bile Inc, uk.playsta­ Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1.0.131 Age 12+ De­cem­ber 2014 |

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.

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