A few Spymaster tips

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spymaster-notificationsWhen Spymaster originally launched I instantly hated it because of the default set up to spam the crap out of your friends on twitter. I really hate anything that does that and to get spammed by something that was in private beta so you couldn’t even follow through if you wanted to was extra annoying. I started blocking and banning anyone who was playing it. I guess a lot of people had that problem and they corrected some of the issues and I kind of forgot about it. Recently Joi talked me back into checking it out and it’s actually kind of fun, even though it still rewards you for being a douche by spamming your friends. If you want to check it out, the very first thing you have to do is turn off all the notifications, it’s not worth annoying everyone you know for a small cash bonus in game. This is actually my biggest problem with it and I wish they would just kill that option all together. Other than that, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve figured out:

  • Level from 1-10 doing MED level tasks. This will give you good experience and a little cash to get started and you’ll level pretty quickly.
  • Don’t buy any weapons except what you need for the tasks until you hit lvl 10.
  • At 10 sell everything you have and buy only the top tier item for attack/defense, try to get one for each spymaster you have.
  • Also, ignore the bank. Depositing anything in there is useless because of the fee, a better place to store cash is in safe houses because they don’t depreciate at all and also make you money.
  • At level 10 switch to PVP/assassinations. Focusing solely on MED level opponents will bring you in much more cash than doing tasks can and about the same experience. This will keep your cash level high enough to constantly sell off and upgrade your weapons to the highest level you can buy.
  • Attacking LOW targets is a waste of time and attacking HIGH targets can be fun but it’s risky. MED is fairly safe and pays off.
  • When you get the opportunity to buy cars, DON’T! They are not a good value for the most part and are easily lost in losing battles.
  • Take a second and do the math on equipment upgrades too, just because something new is unlocked doesn’t always mean it’s the best value. To determine how much a given item is worth take the price and divide it by the number of points it gives you and that gives you the price per point. Buy the items that have the lowest point per cost ratio to get the best bang for the buck
  • At around level 35 the cash payoff on attacking MED targets drops to nothing, so if you want cash you need to switch to HIGH targets. That said, the experience payoff for attacking LOW targets multiplies considerably, so if you want to level quickly switch to them. Sorry LOW peeps.
  • If you want to kill a director, buy the suicide attack option with your points.
  • Transfering cash via the bank sucks because they take fees each way and there s a $1MM limit each day. If you want to transfer a bunch of cash to another player, say just before you go elite and all your stats are reset, sell all your weapons so your stats are stupidly low and then attack a high level friend. You’ll loose obviously and they will get a huge chunk of cash from you. You can keep doing this all day, even dying several times. This method will allow you to transfer tons of cash.

That’s just a few tips off the top of my head that I wanted to jot down for friends. If you have any others, please post ’em in the comments.



  1. I think the most important thing I learned today is when it comes to offense and defense weapons you can only equip as many spymasters as there are in your ring so buying huge amounts o older weapons doesn’t add to your attack or defense sums!

    Comment by Jason D- — August 21, 2009 @ 2:40 am
  2. I refuse to play it. I was so incredibly turned off by it b/c of all the Twitter spam that I haven’t been willing to give it a chance.

    Anybody should take note of that if they are writing a game, app or anything else that is a spam machine, you may lose people before they have laid eyes on it.

    Comment by Tara — August 23, 2009 @ 5:53 pm
  3. Thanks for the review Sean. Glad to hear you finally gave Spymaster a shot. Maybe Tara will eventually come around too. 😉

    Comment by Chris Abad — August 25, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
  4. @Tara Very true, and trust me I don’t think anyone in their right mind wants to “spam”…

    (I put that in quotes because the term is relative in some cases, not to downplay it.)

    However, it’s been proven time and time again that these kind of automated user notifications result in more players overall, not less. I’m not condoning it at all, but it’s the common way to spread the word about a game or service and like it or not, it works. I don’t think it was done correctly when Spymaster first launched, but the guys were pretty quick to fix it while still keeping the option open.

    Most of the other options are much too costly for a small gaming company. The big companies do much worse AND they buy users with advertising. Spymaster, IMHO, is a much better game and we’re trying to keep the spammy virality to a minimum and on the up and up as much as possible. But it’s still a business.

    As well, believe it or not, some people actually WANT to share these kind of notifications. Crazy, I know.

    We’re always trying to think of better ways to promote and gain players, but it’s a sticky problem. At the very least we’ve made an attempt to make it very clear what’s going on for new players and give them the opportunity right up front to not participate and just play the game. That’s much more than our competition has done and we might be able to argue it hurts our bottomline.

    There is probably a few great (and by great, I mean truly effective) ways to be viral without the “spam” but we’ve not figured it out yet. I’m open to ideas.

    Comment by Keith — August 25, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

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