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Sly Spy is one of a surprisingly few James Bond-inspired arcade games, and it translates its secret agent theme to Data East's run-and-gun formula mostly successfully. Sly Spy sends its unnamed agent in pursuit of terrorists from the Council for World Domination across a variety of action set pieces, including falling from a plane, riding a motorcycle, fighting underwater in scuba gear and ultimately across a range of enemy fortresses, all while shooting waves of enemy henchmen. The game's bosses are appropriately Bond-like, including a shark, tigers, a snappily-dressed dude with a lethal hat and a Jaws-like enemy with metal arms instead of teeth. It even includes a final scene with the evil mastermind threatening to kill the agent in a mechanical contraption, though it could have been much more. Though not as well-known as Bad Dudes or RoboCop, Sly Spy captures the thrill of being a secret agent in a satisfying run-and-gun package.

Note that Sly Spy was released as Secret Agent in Japan, and some versions show up in MAME under that name (secretag). Our MAME overlay download includes two Zip files, one named slyspy.zip and one named secretag.zip, so you will need to unzip the downloaded file and then use whichever Zip file matches the name of your game.

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