Spy vs Spy 3 Arctic Antics

PC
  • First Star Software

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeAction Adventure
  • SystemConsole

Three episodes of this series were released for the Commodore 64 and I've played all of them, but Arctic Antics remains my favourite

most times we didn't even bother building the rocket and just spent all the time cutting holes in the ice
Fabio Naprossen
My sister and I used to spend entire days on this game, just playing pranks on each other until the time ran up. 

It was so fun and staisfying then your opponent fell into a trap, and your spy would stop to giggle like a proper villain. This was some great player-vs-player fun!  The rules were simple enough: find three parts of a rocket, fint the launch site and use the rocket to flee from the icy island before the time runs out. 

There were different maps to choose from, and we usually played on the bigger ones because the time limit was higher. Both spies had a "body heat" meter which would drop if they were hit by snowballs (thrown by the enemy player), fell into a trap or tried to just walk out of the island (which was hilarious). 

You could also pick up other objects on the way which will allow you to set traps, like a saw to cut holes in the ice. Lost "body heat" could be regained by entering an igloo and standing by the fire inside. If you died, you dropped all your items and you could not come back to life. Setting traps was the funniest part of the game, most times we didn't even bother building the rocket and just spent all the time cutting holes in the ice, placing bombs and so on. But bewere: you can fall into your own traps if don't pay attention!  "Spy vs Spy" was originally a quite entertaining and successful comic strip/cartoon created in the '60s. 

When I first played this game in 1987 I had just watched "Spies Like Us" with Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase. I'm not sure why, but this game reminded me of that movie quite a lot... maybe because of the traps, maybe because of the icy setting, or maby because of the comedy approach to the genre. 

My suggestion is: watch this movie, play this game (also recently remade for iOS), possibly with a friend, and have a good laugh or two!
 
Review by Fabio Naprossen
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  • First Star Software

  • FormatVideo Game
  • TypeAction Adventure
  • SystemConsole

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