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Sly Spy Sly Spy - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Sly Spy - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A side scrolling shooter with multiple references to the James Bond series of films. Fight a variety of terrorists to save the world from a nuclear holocaust. Scenes include the standard running and jumping stages as well as mid-air fights, underwater battles, and motorcycle chases.

Sly Spy was produced by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan in 1989.

Nihon Bussan/AV Japan released 60 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Nihon Bussan/AV Japan was based in United States.

Other machines made by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan during the time period Sly Spy was produced include: Oscar - Psycho-Nics, Stadium Hero, Pocket Gal, Pocket Gal 2, Gondomania, Secret Agent, Mad Motor, Out Fencer, Midnight Resistance, and Super BurgerTime


Name Sly Spy
Developer Nihon Bussan/AV Japan (United States)
Year 1989
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9589
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Sly Spy Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Shoot/KickJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

The ultimate power-up in this game is called the "Golden Gun" and it works almost like the cobra gun in Robocop.

The Bond villian "Jaws" shows up at the end of stage two and one of the Bond logos shows up during the attract mode. Another one of the Bond villians who also appears in the game is "Odd Job".

At the start of each game you are allowed to select a three digit number for yourself of course, everyone selects 0-0-7.

Game Play

Help 'Sly Spy' save the world by shooting a variety of bad guys.

Your main weapon is your gun that requires a continual supply of bullets, but if it runs out you will have to kick.

Certain enemies drop pieces of the Golden Gun and once it has been assembled, the gun becomes a very powerful rifle capable of destroying just about anything in it's path.

Sly Spy KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.34 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.30

Overall Like 3.50
Fun (Social) 1.50
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 3.50

Technical Rating: 3.38

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 2.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cabinet Information

Dedicated versions of the game were released in the standard Data East cabinets like those used for Robocop and Bad Dudes.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Sly Spy Census

There are 14,944 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,544 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,327 machines (6,937 unique titles).

Common - There are 46 known instances of this machine owned by Sly Spy collectors who are active members. Of these, 9 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 33 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Sly Spy machine for sale. There are 6 active VAPS members with a Sly Spy circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 11 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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