Some of the best moments in the James Bond movies are the car chases, from an Aston Martin blasting round rustic villages blowing up everything with mini-guns, to a Lotus Esprit doubling as a submarine, these are some of the standout moments in the silver screen series. So it’s a bit of a no brainer that New Zealand based studio PikPok have taken a little bit more than inspiration from them for their new title Agent Intercept. An over the top spy thriller which sees you taking control of the Sceptre, the Agency’s latest high-tech transforming vehicle, as you have to face off against the criminal organisation CLAW.
There is a twist, as Agent Intercept is an auto-runner of sorts where you don’t actually have to drive the car, instead you have to control its direction while dodging enemies’ attacks and hitting sweet jumps, as well as unleashing its suite of high-tech weapons as and when you collect them. But the Sceptre is not just a run of the mill sports car – as it can become a boat, snow mobile, even a jet, and all at the flip of a switch, so you’ll be jumping across a number of different terrains, as you blast your way through the 15 core levels. Now this all may sound like it’s a bit of a mobile game affair at heart and you would be right. It’s one of those rare titles that has made the jump from the mobile app store to the consoles, but it never truly shakes its roots as it’s often just overly simplistic. That’s not to say it’s a bad game, but it’s far from the most taxing game we have played on the Series X in more ways than one.
Beyond the core game there is a few other modes to play around in, like time attack, as well as side missions – which do help breathe life into the game for a bit longer. However, your longevity with Agent Intercept will really depend on how much you really want to earn each mission star tasks list. You’ll need to replay them a good few times to complete the full list across its short hour to two run-time, and within that lays the biggest issue. On the likes of an iPhone this would be great for short sharp burst of fun, but on the full fat console and at a £16.99 asking price, it’s all a bit too shallow.
Agent Intercept starts out as a fun thriller that quickly runs its race, and is in need of more than a few more gadgets to help it out. If you’re looking for an hour or two of fun and have money to burn, then is worth a look, but beyond that it’s 00-fail.
An Xbox review copy of Agent Intercept was provided by PikPok’s PR team, and the game is available now on mobile and PC.