THE SU­PER SPY

1990

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this early Neo-geo re­lease is re­mem­bered for its as­ton­ish­ingly im­pres­sive vi­su­als, which fea­ture gi­gan­tic sprites and ex­cel­lent an­i­ma­tion. it’s ef­fec­tively a scrolling fighter that utilises a first-per­son view­point, throw­ing in light RPG el­e­ments for good mea­sure. all you see of your spy are his arms, legs and weapons as he punches, kicks and shoots his way through a slew of nin­jas and ter­ror­ists. Nu­mer­ous doors are in the com­plex you fight through, which re­veal char­ac­ters who ei­ther of­fer you help in the form of handy items or give you use­ful bits of ex­po­si­tion. SNK pub­lished a sim­i­lar game the fol­low­ing year, Crossed Swords, which added a fan­tasy theme and a use­ful mul­ti­player mode.

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