"Spy vs. Spy" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 1999 by Vatical Entertainment. It is based on the popular American printed sketch of the same name from "Mad Magazine". In the United States, the ESRB panel rated this game as "E" which deemed it suitable for all ages.
Gameplay can present a sort of learning curve when initially starting. The game is presented as a split screen image with the player's character occupying the top portion and the computer opponent occupying the bottom. The objective of the game is to secure four hidden documents within a maze and escape without being captured by the rival spy. In keeping with the sketch, the player has the opportunity to set up various traps and can engage in hand to hand combat to stun the rival. The game is both a single versus computer opponent and multiplayer versus physical opponent with game-link cable title, and comes across as equally as fun in both modes. It is not a particularly difficult title but does require some initial practice before having achieved a sense of mastery.
Graphics make acceptable use of the available technology which the console possesses. There does appear to be a slight element of pixelation but the display is otherwise bright, colourful and generally pleasant to look at. The colour of the walls correspond to a certain area of the maze where the player may find him or herself in, and this makes the accessible map somewhat redundant. I did not find the audio to be particularly noteworthy. Each effect comes across as appropriate for its intended purpose and accents the game rather than overwhelming it.
Overall, Spy vs. Spy is a solid title worthy of purchase by a prospective buyer. It it likely, however, that the bulk of enjoyment to be had in this game comes from the second player option which requires a physical opponent with his or her own console, cartridge and a game-link cable.