THE SUPER SPY
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.