S.P.Y. - Special Project Y. (Arcade)
200x100 GFX Company: Konami
Genre: Run and Gun
Released: USA: 1989
S.P.Y. - Special Project Y is actually more than one game type wrapped up in one. The game begins with a Space Harrieresque sequence as the agents use jetpacks to fight the enemy in the air. After that, the game alternates between side-scroller levels that are part beat-em-up and part Rolling Thunder and shoot-outs where the heroes turn their backs to the camera to shoot at the enemy a bit and can sometimes move forward like Konami's Devestators.

Many of the usual tropes of spy movies appear in the game along with a few direct references. Like many other spy games (including Data East's "Sly Spy"), the intro spoofs the classic James Bond beginnings with the camera P.O.V. shots ending with the spy shooting at the camera. Everything from the endless goons in jumpsuits to the main villain owning a pet cat like SPECTRE leader Ernst Bloefeld come from various movies. One of the more powerful enemies looks like the infamous Jaws (as played by actor Richard Kiel) wile another looks and fights a lot like May Day (Grace Jones) from A View to a Kill.
Player Characters:
S.P.Y. 1 S.P.Y. 2
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Title Screen
Vs. May Day tribute
Vs. Jaws tribute
ScrollBoss Secton Links:
Sprites - Sprites
Custom Sprites - Custom Sprites
Logos - Logo

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