Developed and Published By: RAWR Lab Categories: Retro, Arcade Release Date: 02.14.23
You all remember Pipi & Bibi’s, right? A single screen arcade title where you need to plant bombs on computers and book it out. You can walk around through stairwells or ride in elevators, kinda like Elevator Action, but I’ve yet to just squish someone. You can protect yourself with a ray gun that knocks enemies down and if you shoot them long enough, down a floor. Once bombs are placed on all computers, you have to mad dash to the exit, lest you get taking down with the building. Each level can have you collect a coin. If you get enough, you are greeted to a nice selection of T&A. Because yes, the original, until now unported arcade game is an eroge. This is back when game that had this kind of content were an attempt to still be fun. Kind of like Gals Panic being a hornified version of Qix.
So why the big introduction? Well, we finally have a remaster, one that removed the porn. Because of course someone actually enjoyed the gameplay. And to be honest? I love it too. Even better knowing you can and are most definitely encouraged to play with a friend. They are Spy Bros after all. Maybe even some unlockables I won’t spoil, but lets say there’s a total of four characters.
I did mention the gameplay, so lets talk about graphics. Spy Bros has some really nice sprites. They looked good back then and they still look good.. The style itself is a nice cartoony look that doesn’t really age. I’d very much recommend not using the “Remastered” graphics though. Don’t talk to me about AI cleaned or any of that. Get me those crispy sprites. At the very least, the game is colorful regardless.
Truth be told, I’m not exactly sure what else to say. Spy Bros finally getting a port is great, it not having adult content anymore is arguably a plus too, so say…a fan of it could have their kid play too. This really makes me glad Toaplan and Tatsujin are pushing hard for their games to get out here now. And I commend RAWR Lab for loving this game and being passionate to spread the love to a new set of fans. Also, yes you can disable backgrounds. I just happen to like them on.
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*Game Download Code graciously provided for the purpose of review