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Review: SPY Fox 2: Some Assembly Required

by Mike Shields,


Company: Humongous Entertainment


Requirements: 80 MHz PowerPC, System 7.5.3 with 16 MB RAM

Shareware Fee: $24.99


spyfox1 The clever and cool secret agent SPY FoxTM is back in his second Junior AdventureTM which find him the unlikely recipient of a trash bag containing an empty box for a some-assembly-required Evil Robot model—made by the S.M.E.L.L.Y. toy division (Society for Meaningless Evil, Larceny, Lying and Yelling).

The World’s Fair opens soon, and the monumental centerpiece happens to be an 1100-foot tall metal statue that looks amazingly like a canine robot. Donated by Napoleon LeRoach, SPY Fox’s nefarious nemesis, the dogbot will activate when the 1 millionth person enters the World’s Fair. This tin can canine will be set loose to assist LeRoach in his sinister plot to take over the world. LeRoach conveniently assembled the dogbot without the off switch and hid it somewhere on the grounds of the World’s Fair. It’s up to SPY Fox and his cast of cohorts to foil LeRoach by finding the hidden off switch and exterminating his perilous plan to turn the world into one giant roach motel!

Well, the one thing I have to say for this company is, they put together an impressive press kit. So much so, that I almost didn’t have to play this game to write the review. However, I did. Now, I’m not the target audience for games like this, so my comments may be colored by that fact, so, if appropriate, I’ll bring in my guest reviewer. I’m of course speaking about my daughter Amanda, who turned five recently.

Spy Fox starts out impressively enough, with a secret meeting atop a skyway tram. He receives dehydrated skis, and a trash bag, as described above. For me, game play came slowly, waiting for the snappy dialogue and witty banter to finish. I would’ve liked a click of the mouse here to advance to the next decision point. Also, I was able to quit the game without a save dialogue box, which was mildly distressing. Now, I knew I was gonna play this more than once, however, I didn’t know I’d have to start over. Also, restarting a saved game was a hassle, and you have to sit through the opening sequence to get to a point to restart a saved game. Amanda and I played this a couple of times together. My three year old son Scott sat on my lap for most of one of the games, and he was intrigued. Which tells you that the cartooning is excellent, in the tradition of the Freddie the Fish and Putt-Putt the Car series of adventures from the same company.

spyfox2 At this point, it’s time to turn it over to my guest reviewer, and my extra special assistant. Amanda said, “I didn’t like the part with the gears, it was too hard. I really liked when the doggy fell down at the end.” Scott, my extra special assistant said, “I wanna play!” He likes the game on Spy Fox’s watch, Things from Space. For me, almost more interesting than the game itself.

Ok, he’s a bit too young, but he didn’t really grab the mouse out of my hand when I was playing, well, at least more than once or twice. Amanda really only had to ask for help at the one spot mentioned above. At one point, it wasn’t obvious what to do next, so, I just started clicking on all the players ’til I came up with the answer.

Hint: Find the Caped Cod’s #1 fan. This was the last piece in the ‘puzzle’ before I was able to complete my mission. I was able to foil Napoleon LaRoach’s plan, however, I let him escape. Making this a true James Bond like adventure. I’m expecting more hijinks, and a little less witty reparte for Spy Fox 3. I mean, I can only take variations on the smelly vs. S.M.E.L.L.Y. joke for so long.

apple Copyright ©1999 Mike Shields, Reviewing in ATPM is open to anyone. If you’re interested, write to us at

Reader Comments (27)

Jamie Sterling Holt · November 5, 2000 - 01:01 EST #1
Can I download Spy Fox 2?
Philip · June 23, 2001 - 01:01 EST #2
It is cool.
Sarah Leung-Chew · January 3, 2002 - 02:05 EST #3
I'm 14, but I love the game. It's cool.
Adam · August 10, 2002 - 11:41 EST #4
That's a genius game with creativity!!
Ken Hansen · August 24, 2002 - 20:29 EST #5
I only have Spyfox in Dry Cereal, but I'm gonna get Spyfox 2 which seems pretty interesting.
DiabOlical · October 20, 2002 - 17:46 EST #6
Hi there. I have all the Spy Fox Dry Cereal, Some Assembly Required, and Operation Ozone. They all rock! It's so fun and so addicting, you can't rip yourself apart from the digital world!
anonymous · March 8, 2003 - 18:44 EST #7
I think that this game is very fun, but I cannot find it at the stores. Can you help me?
anonymous · May 21, 2003 - 18:05 EST #8
To bypass the beginning, use the ESC key. This works any time you don't want to hear the dialog or wait for any of the "slow motion" action.
Luke Adam Yanchuk · June 8, 2003 - 14:48 EST #9
I want all of the Spy Fox games. I love to play them.
anonymous · August 2, 2003 - 09:36 EST #10
I've finished Spy Fox 2 tons of times and it's still amazing every time.
Sarah Leung Chew · September 5, 2003 - 02:47 EST #11
Wow. I found this game to be cool.
Martin Tsang · December 4, 2003 - 05:13 EST #12
I love the game but I'm stuck where the man is eating a plant and I'm looking for something and don't know what I'm looking for. Could anyone please help me?
pp.r.s · January 24, 2005 - 12:16 EST #13
if you mean that you don't now where the plant is you must go to the plabt paradise where a little bug is the bos.
Alex Nottellin · June 10, 2005 - 19:28 EST #14
ok i have 3 spy fox games, are there anymore games?or are there omly 3?
Casper · July 9, 2005 - 09:28 EST #15
where can i download SPY Fox 2? Give me some addresses, please.
ATPM Staff · July 9, 2005 - 10:11 EST #16
Casper - the link at the top of any review page should take you to the developer of the product we reviewed. In the case of Spy Fox, however, considering this review is six years old, it may simply not be available any more. Please contact the developer for details.
anonym · September 18, 2005 - 12:08 EST #17
spy fox ist voll cool!!!!!!!!!!!!
malone · September 20, 2005 - 18:35 EST #18
My son loves spy fox and he is 5 as well...we finished dry cereal and operation ozone..we are currently playing some asssembly required but we got stuck..We got the plant but we dont know how to get the offswitch from the plant's mouth...a little help please
Danielle · December 10, 2005 - 21:19 EST #19
I only have spy fox operation ozone and dry cereal but id like to get all of the spy fox games but i just cant find them at the stores.Can you help me?
ATPM Staff · December 10, 2005 - 23:41 EST #20
Danielle - we probably can't help any more than you can help yourself be periodically doing Google and eBay searches.
i can help · March 28, 2006 - 22:00 EST #21
to get the offswitch out of the plants mouth you need to put it in the room with the flies then press the switch outside the door to the bright room with all the plants in it.
demzes · May 7, 2006 - 04:31 EST #22
I like them all too, but part one rockz!
lol! that phonecell, where you must type the "secret nr" and than elevating to the secret HQ! great! i only own demo's of all versions, i like pajama sam too :-)
but i don't like the awful freddy fish games.
bayleyroxx · September 9, 2006 - 19:47 EST #23
I like Pajama Sam too...well I basically like all the humongous games. Theyre so cute and fun!
m · December 23, 2006 - 01:11 EST #24
I'm 14 and I still find the Spy Fox games entertaining. It's kinda sad the games got canceled by Atari (what's left of Humongous is only their sports series - not very fun)
Beckey Sullivan · February 5, 2007 - 21:17 EST #25
I grew up on these games and am currently trying to find all the spy fox and pajama sam games before I go away to college next year :)
Dmitriy (from Russia) · May 18, 2007 - 09:50 EST #26
I'm 15, and this is the game, with which I lived for 8 years. Probably, it is my most favorite game. Now I want to buy all SpyFox games in English, but I still don't know, how can I get them from U.S.
aran · July 8, 2008 - 12:52 EST #27
i'm 17 now but i grew up with spy fox too and i desperately need some assembly required :@ guess i'll try toys r us... no one ever buys their com games

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