SPY Fox is a series of point-and-click children's games made by Humongous Entertainment. The first instalment was released in 1997, with the series ultimately spanning three Adventure Games and two arcade-style shooter Gaiden Games.The series follows unflappable superspy SPY Fox on his adventures, most of which involve stopping some kind of evil mastermind from conquering the world in one way or another. The series is an Affectionate Parody of spy films in general and James Bond movies in particular.The Adventure Games, in order, are:
The series also spawned multiple children's books (which may not have been published), including SPY Fox: The Official SPY Manual and SPY Fox: Twenty Thousand Leaks Under the Sea, as well as a SPY FoxComic Book Adaptation.
The premises, by installment
In SPY Fox in Dry Cereal, William the Kid has kidnapped all the dairy cows in the world and hidden a Milky Weapon of Destruction on the Greek island of Acidophilus. SPY Fox travels to Acidophilus in order to disarm Kid's Weapon and free the cows.In SPY Fox in Cheese Chase, Russian Blue returns and steals the Limburger cheese from the Museum de Fromage. SPY Fox travels around the globe in order to recover the cheese.In SPY Fox 2: Some Assembly Required, Napoleon LeRoach has hidden a Giant Evil Dogbot at the World's Fair. SPY Fox travels to the fair in order to turn off LeRoach's Dogbot.In SPY Fox in Hold the Mustard, King Konglomerate sends his army of robots to steal all the tomatoes in the world. SPY Fox travels around the globe in order to destroy the robots and protect the tomatoes.In SPY Fox, Napoleon LeRoach returns and has stolen all the compost in Britain. SPY Fox breaks into LeRoach's secret headquarters in order to recover the compost.In SPY Fox: Operation Ozone, Poodles Galore has launched a giant, ozone-depleting aerosol can into orbit. SPY Fox travels around the globe in order to destroy the aerosol can.
A demo version of Dry Cereal can be downloaded from Infogrames.
The Society of Meaningless Evil, Larceny, Lying and Yelling (S.M.E.L.L.Y.), the villains of Some Assembly Required.
Russian Blue's crimes (in which she was acquitted for) include "jay-tangoing" and "tangoing out of season."
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: LeRoach's plan for the Giant Evil Dogbot in Some Assembly Required. He pulls it off, but SPY Fox is narrowly able to deactivate it before its rampage gets too out of hand.
The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Usually averted with the talk balloons—asking characters about things SPY Fox wasn't meant to be able to ask them about (which can only be done by using the game's debug mode or ScummVM's debugger) has no effect in most cases. However, Some Assembly Required plays it straight in a few instances:
Using any of the Caped Cod's talk balloons (which are normally only obtainable in the regenerator path) on Doll or Lee in the flytrap path triggers a dialog box with the message "CHEATER! You shouldn't have the cod talk balloon on the flytrap path!"
Double Take: The worms in Dry Cereal do this in the White Water path.
Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In Spy Fox in Dry Cereal, the weasel who is accepting invitations to the deck party on the S.S Deadweight gets a pretty surprising one when the titular character shows his (forged) invitation. This comes after he turned him away the first time.
Weasel: Not you again! How many times do I have to tell you? This is a private party and without an invitation, you are not allowed to go on board! Sheesh! (Cue Spy Fox theme when Spy Fox whisks out his invitation) The nerve of some people. You'd think they would... (sees invitation) YEEHEE!!! Let me see that. Signed, Russian Blue. (Cue Heel-Face Turn) Oh sir! We are ever so honored to have you on board with us today. Please, feel free to come and go as you wish.
Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: The bosses in Hold the Mustard are all about a fifth of the length of the normal levels, and all it takes to beat them is to stand in one spot and hit their weak spot, highlighted on the radar. Their only way of attacking is by their robots, but on most of the bosses, you'll end up destroying it before they can even make it to you.
MacGuffin Delivery Service: Played with. In Operation Ozone, Professor Pushpin is counting on Spy Fox to bring him four objects to form his congeal pill. One of the paths in the game is a Prickly Pear Pizza. After Spy Fox gallivants all across the world to get the prickly pear to make it and brings it back, Pushpin eats it. When Spy Fox asks, Pushpin spouts an Expospeak Gag saying he was hungry and glad that Spy Fox could deliver it.
Mad Libs Dialogue: Used for a handful of puzzles. SPY Fox is one of the few Humongous games to actually use dialogue for puzzle solving.
The Man Behind the Curtain: In Hold the Mustard, halfway through the bonus Atlantis levels, King Konglomerate is revealed to be some sort of rodent (possibly a gerbil or guinea pig) piloting a gorilla robot. He then has to abandon his robot suit due to it getting wet and breaking, and he doesn't get it back for the ending.
Master of Disguise: Parodied in each of the adventure games, where SPY Fox has only to don the appropriate uniform to go incognito.
Mini Mook: The Gyro Grub, Gnat, Red Oy, and (to a lesser extent) Spry robots from Hold the Mustard.
Misguided Missile: In Dry Cereal, after putting the fuses together, the missile flies off, and we hear SPY Fox say, "I guess that guided missile was misguided." Then it flies back, crashing into the door, and then he says, "Of course, I planned that. I like a dramatic pause."
Mission Control: Every game but Cheese Chase has Monkey Penny play this role, joined by Professor Quack in Hold the Mustard.
Dry Cereal, Some Assembly Required, and Operation Ozone all have two endings: one where the Big Bad gets away, and another with a few more screens of gameplay culminating in the capture of the Big Bad, see Press X to Not Die below.
Hold the Mustard always ends the same way, but finding the bonus Atlantis levels gives the ending a visual difference (see The Man Behind the Curtain above).
Regional Bonus: Operation Ozone got an additional two songs. The Music CD page of the American version's help file mentions "two funky, hip SPY Fox bonus tracks" which were supposed to be available from Humongous Entertainment's website but may never have been available there; these are likely the same two songs.
Running Gag: In the second game: "No, not smelly, S.M.E.L.L.Y.!"
Script Swap: Russian Blue only dances the tango, but the only music played at her deck party is waltz. Spy Fox slips in a sheet of tango music to distract her into dancing long enough for him to plant Walter Wireless in her purse.
Sequel Hook: SPY Fox tries this on Monkey Penny during their chat upon Fox landing on Kid's blimp and Monkey Penny telling him not to let Kid get away:
SPY Fox: But what about the sequel?
Monkey Penny: There are plenty of other villains out there. We'll be fine.
Shoe Phone: Every single gadget is this. Laser toothbrushes, X-ray candy bars, booby trapped coins...
To James Bond especially, amongst others. The ridiculousness of the gadgets is a nod to Get Smart.
Poodles Galore's name is a reference to Pussy Galore from Goldfinger.
Or alternatively, Toodles Galore, Tom's most frequent love interest in Tom and Jerry
Mr. Udderly lifts a line straight from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken: "My whole body's a weapon." It helps that Udderly sounds exactly like Don Knotts.
In Dry Cereal, the cutscene where three mooks eye a recently dropped coin is reminiscent of the three-way duel at the climax of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Artimice J Bigpig is heavily modeled after actor Sydney Greenstreet, and his voice actor even says "Gad!" like Greenstreet's character in The Maltese Falcon.
Fox's vocal characterization is not a shout out to Get Smart. It's Maxwell Smart's voice, coming out of a fox who is not Maxwell Smart, spoken by an actor who also is not Maxwell Smart. Mind: blown.
On the non-spy-related references, Captain Drydock's voice characterization in Dry Cereal is a reference to Captain Kirk, right down to his speech about the sea being "the final frontier". And his boat is called the "SS Winaprise".
Strange Minds Think Alike: If you ask Mr. Udderly about Russian Blue, he'll think you're talking about an Umbrella Drink. If you ask Professor Quack the same question, he'll give you the same answer.
Take Your Time: Once you've disarmed the Milky Weapon of Destruction in Dry Cereal, you can take absolutely as long as you like to get to the room where the dairy cows are being held in spite of the fact that Billy the Kid is escaping all the time.
SPY Fox: On the side it says "'Some Assembly Required.'" Sounds like a excellent title for one of my adventures.
Trash Landing: SPY Fox does this in the opening cutscene of Cheese Chase. The stunt seems to have been planned out, as seconds later the dumpster collapses to reveal Fox ready for action on his SPY Scooter.
Unwinnable: Some Assembly Required's Dummied Out cutscene replaces the Restructo-Lux room's only exit, so if you unlock the cutscene, the room can only be escaped by using the game's debug mode or ScummVM's debugger.
Video Game Caring Potential: In Dry Cereal, it's possible to go back to the Feta Factory after rescuing Mr. Udderly and turn the piranha pool's temperature back to a comfortable level. This has no effect on gameplay, though.
Waxing Lyrical: Played with towards the end of "Some Assembly Required, when Napoleon LeRoach finally gets his dinner after Spy Fox gives the Julia Child expy the fork, a line is sampled from Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are made for walkin':
LeRoach: Spit Roasted Boot Bearnaise! My favorite dish!