was an arcade driving game designed by George Gomez
and Tom Leon, and released by Bally/Midway
. It is unique in that it was one of the first to combine driving and shooting at the same time. You are in control of a car driving on a vertically scrolling road, fighting against a variety of vehicular and airborne enemies:
- Tire slashers called "Switchblade" or "Never To Be Trusted"
- Armored vans called "The Road Lord" or "Bulletproof Bully"
- Sniper limousines called "The Enforcer" or "Double Barrel Action"
- Bomb-dropping helicopters called "The Mad Bomber" or "Master Of The Sky"
Along with enemies, there are civilian vehicles on the road as well. Injuring a civilian causes you to temporarily stop scoring points. However, if you survive long enough, civilians stop appearing.
In addition to your default machine guns, you can find and drive into a weapons truck and get outfitted with additional weapons: oil slick, smoke screen, and ground-to-air missiles, each of which is useful against different enemies. Further in the game, you can take a side road to a boathouse and turn the car into a boat, taking the battle onto the water. Enemy boats called "Barrel Dumper" try to kill you by throwing floating charges in your path. A big boat called "Doctor Torpedo" fires torpedoes at you from behind or in front. The chopper also harasses you in the water. You can be forced into the water when a bridge is out.
This game was followed with Spy Hunter II
, perhaps the worst sequel in the history of video gaming. A Famicom game called Battle Formula
was renamed Super Spy Hunter
and released on the NES in 1992.
In 2001, Midway released a 3D "enhanced remake" of the original game, developed by Paradigm Entertainment
, for the PlayStation 2
, Nintendo GameCube
, and Xbox
. It was followed up with Spy Hunter 2
and Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run
Spy Hunter has examples of: