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Bob and Fred play cat and mouse with Spy Party the up and coming indie game from Chris Hecker.
Confused? Listen to the Scripted Gamer Pilot episode to meet our reviewers and hear how it all started that fateful day.
Scene: Bob and Fred are sat on a sofa with two Xbox 360 controllers.
Fred: They call me Bond, Fred Bond. And I have a mission to carry out
Bob: They call me Bob.....just Bob, and I have a sniper rifle and it's pointed at your head Mr Bond
Fred: Welcome to a special edition of scripted gamer.
Bob: At your head Mr Bond
Fred: Yeah yeah of course you do, today we're at the GameCity 5 conference in Nottingham
Fred: Where we are having the first hands on play of Spy Party, a concept game by veteran developer Chris Hecker.
Bob: And where I have a sniper pointed at...
Fred: Look Bob you do not have a sniper pointed at my head I'm far too good a spy for that.
Bob: We shall see. Oh yes we shall. You see the game right works like this. One of you is the spy.
Fred: And the other is a sniper. The spy is at a party with about 10 other guests.
Bob: Whilst the sniper is outside watching the party cos he never got an invite to the party, cos he never gets invited to partys anymore
Fred: Bob that was one time, and it was a family event, I'm sorry.
Bob: Well sorry just doesn't cut it so I'm gonna have to shoot you in the head!
Fred: You wish.
Fred: The devilishly handsome spy could be anyone at the party the sniper doesn't know and you get to choose which of the 10 avatars is the spy.
Bob: But the spy has some objectives to fulfil and a time limit in which to do them so if you're very observant you may see the spy do one of these things.
Fred: Objectives include planting a bug on an ambassador, planting some micro film.
Bob: Stealing and swapping a statue or making contact with a double agent.
Fred: So if you're the spy you need to act like all the other avatars but also try and complete your objectives.
Bob: Where, as if you're the awesome super cool sniper you have to figure out which one of the guests is the spy.
Fred: The spy can also see where the snipers aim is at in the form of a laser sight! The game itself is played on two TV's.
Bob: Just so you know I definitely have a sniper pointed at your head.
Fred: So neither player can see the others screen.
Bob: In other words...it's pretty awesome!
Fred: It reminds me of an intelligent version of Spy vs Spy...
Bob: With my little eye something beginning with S. A. Y. H.
Fred: Sniper At Your Head...very clever and very wrong.
Bob: How did you...
Fred: Cos you're an idiot! And it's spy vs spy not eye spy!
Bob: Oh... Sorry.
Fred: I really hope this gets made into a full game as the potential for multiplayer fun is near limitless.
Bob: Are you ready...
Fred: You'll never get me Bob
Bob: Are you steady...
Fred: Do your best.
Bob: Say goodbye mr Bond
Sound of gunshot
Fred: Noooo... How is this possible. I gave nothing away
Bob: Actually you gave everything away. You see:
Fred: That's... that's very clever Bob I admit I'm impressed.
Bob: That and I can see your screen in that window reflection.
Fred: Why you lying little.
Bob: We've been the scripted gamers goodnight GameCity.
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