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10 Best Spy Hunter Conversions

LISTS: as decided by The King of Grabs, in order of greatness:

These are just an opinion, but please do feel free to comment with your opinions. Unless you’re a comment spammer. In which case: do feel free to f*ck off…

Bally Midway‘s classic Spy Hunter is a brilliant overhead race game with guns and bumping cars and speed boats and chasing helicopters, and general high-speed excitement. It is such a good game that it has been converted to pretty much every gaming system known to man.

Here’s our rundown of the top 10 Spy Hunter conversions…

1. Nintendo Entertainment System < Probably the most fun
2. Atari 800 << Better than most
3. Commodore 64 <<< Entertaining
4. ZX Spectrum <<<< A fun conversion
5. ColecoVision <<<<< Pretty good
6. Amstrad CPC <<<<<< Reasonable
7. Atari 2600 <<<<<<< Basic
8. BBC Micro <<<<<<<< Forgettable
9. Apple II <<<<<<<< Rubbish
10. PC MS-DOS <<<<<<<<< Utterly terrible

And, of course, not forgetting the utterly brilliant arcade original.

More: Spy Hunter on Wikipedia

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Spy Hunter, Atari 2600

You’d expect the Atari 2600 version of Spy Hunter to be the runt of the litter, and… it’s actually not too bad.

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Spy Hunter, BBC Micro

David Hoskins made this BBC Micro conversion of Spy Hunter for Micro Power, Sega and US Gold (not to mention Bally Midway) in 1986.*

It’s a strange conversion overall.

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Spy Hunter, Apple II

Like the MS-DOS version of Spy Hunter, the Apple II conversion of the classic Bally Midway arcade game is a bit… erm, rubbish.

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Spy Hunter, Amstrad CPC

Released by Sega in 1986, this Amstrad CPC conversion of Spy Hunter drives well enough, but looks a bit dented on the outside. Meaning: the graphics are a bit basic…

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Spy Hunter, Atari 800

The Atari 8-bit version of Spy Hunter is a cracking rendition, with smooth scrolling and decent sprites.

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Spy Hunter, PC

Spy Hunter for PC MS-DOS is unfortunately a terrible stinker of a video game.

I can forgive the four-colour, CGA graphics, but I can’t forgive the repetitive, dull gameplay and the unresponsive controls.

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Spy Hunter, NES

The 1987 Nintendo Entertainment System conversion of Spy Hunter was handled by Sunsoft and is an excellent addition to the Spy Hunter family.

In some respects this is better than the arcade original, because it’s not quite so mind-bendingly difficult…

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Spy Hunter, ZX Spectrum

Sega did a marvellous job of converting Bally Midway‘s classic Spy Hunter onto the ZX Spectrum in 1984.

Not only is the game colourful and beautifully-adapted to Sir Clive‘s diminutive machine, but it’s also very playable, fun, and challenging.

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Spy Hunter, Commodore 64

I remember buying this back in 1984 and enjoying it. Playing it now, though, I can’t help but think that it was a lot better all those years ago…

The Commodore 64 conversion of Spy Hunter is fast and smooth, but the graphics are very chunky. And there’s an annoying, flickery glitch at the bottom of the screen – where the black stripe meets the scrolling playfield – which is a pity.

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