"Spy vs Spy" Shoots Straight To The Top, Becoming #1 on Apple’s App Store in First Weekend of Release

Robots and Pencils, together with First Star Software, Inc. and Warner Bros. announced today that the landmark hit “Spy vs Spy” hit #1 as the Top Paid iPhone®/iPod touch® App on Apple’s App Store during its inaugural weekend after its release on July 26, 2012.

Named “New and Noteworthy” by Apple, “Spy vs Spy” zoomed to the top of the charts becoming the #1 Top Paid iPhone®/iPod touch® App and the #2 Top Paid iPad® App in the United States.  “Spy vs. Spy” was also the #1 Top Paid iPhone®/iPod touch® App in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Poland; and, the #1 Top Paid iPad® App in Australia, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden. 

Press and reviewers are full of praise for the revamped version of First Star software’s original “Spy vs Spy”:

  • TechCrunch says, "if you still remember the sly snicker of the black spy as the white spy is blown sky high, it’s well worth the investment."
  • "This new iOS version is a faithful recreation of the original and an excellent update at the same time," says InsideMobileApps.
  • 148Apps says, "Robots and Pencils Inc. have done a wonderful thing. For fans of the original Spy vs Spy, the chance to play this game in a modern setting with updated graphics is awesome."
  • "Spy vs Spy is a solid revamp for the new age of mobile devices that definitely brings back the memory of the original title. Fans of the original should go for it, while newcomers should try this out for sure ’cause this is a heck of a game," said iDroidPlay.
  • "Spy vs Spy" was also awarded a Bronze Award by Pocket Gamer; Cult of Mac named it a Must Have; Gametrailers named it their App of the Day; and GamingUpdate made it their game of the week.

"Spy vs Spy", found here, is now available for iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad® as a universal app, featuring the famous Black and White Spies from DC Entertainment’s MAD Magazine with online and local multiplayer matches, 16 new embassies (plus the original 8), and a pixel-perfect retro mode, as well as a modern mode. During a special launch promotion, for a limited time, “Spy vs Spy” is just 99 cents on the iTunes App Store, before it goes back to its regular price of USD $1.99.

Based on the original "Spy vs Spy" game, the iOS title brings back all the humor, action and fisticuffs that made the original an all-time, multi-million-unit-selling hit. This modern update takes the original gameplay as designed, developed, and published by First Star Software in 1984 for the Apple II, Atari 400/800 and Commodore 64, and adds HD visuals; support of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Apple’s GameCenter as well as four remixes of the original music and many other new features.

For more information, visit http://robotsandpencils.com/factory/spy-vs-spy/

About First Star Software, Inc:

First Star Software, Inc. has been developing, publishing and licensing entertainment software since 1982, having created numerous best selling and award winning titles including the multi-million unit selling Boulder Dash® and SPY vs SPY series of games. A privately held corporation, it is one of a very few surviving publishers from the early 1980’s that are run by the original founders. First Star Software’s titles  have been licensed for coin-operated arcade, home computer, video game and mobile platforms. For more information please visithttp://www.firststarsoftware.com/ or contact Dianne Press at diannepress@firststarsoftware.com

About DC Entertainment:

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

About MAD Magazine:

MAD Magazine is America’s longest-running humor publication (with that title). It has entertained and inspired generations of fans by parodying politicians, movies, television and pop culture. Whether in print, on television, or on digital platforms, MAD remains an American icon. MAD Magazine is part of DC Entertainment, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Spy vs. Spy can still be found on the pages of MAD Magazine.

About Robots and Pencils, Inc:

At Robots and Pencils, we love to make things for the iPhone and iPad. We started out as a 2-person husband-and-wife team, inspired by 37signals philosophy. Today we have offices through out the world, including Hong Kong & San Francisco – with a team of more than 100+ makers, building apps for the consumer and enterprise. Our team has crafted two top five App Store hits as well as enterprise apps that run entire businesses. We are not shy, so say hi at: hello@RobotsAndPencils.com     Phone:1.403.453.0053  http://robotsandpencils.com

Legal:

MAD, SPY VS SPY AND ALL RELATED NAMES AND CHARACTERS ARE TRADEMARKS OF E.C. PUBLICATIONS, INC. FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. AND ITS LOGO ARE REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. SIMULVISION™, SIMULPLAY™ AND TRAPULATOR™ ARE TRADEMARKS OF FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. DEVELOPED AND PUBLISHED UNDER LICENSE FROM FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. AND E.C. PUBLICATIONS. GAME DESIGNS AND CODE © 1984, 2012 FIRST STAR SOFTWARE, INC. ALL RELATED RIGHTS RESERVED.

 


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