SPYxANYA Operation Memories – Review

Is Waku-Waku enough to play?

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Release Date
June 28, 2024
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Groove Box Japan
Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, PC
Reviewed on
Review copy provided by
Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia

SpyXFamily is one of the most popular animes in Japan and worldwide. Its story, characters, depth of view, and more have sparked a large fandom that can last a lifetime. Recently, Bandai Namco released a new game titled, SPYxANYA Operation Memories. It is considered an adventure game that fans of the series would want to try playing for fun and excitement.

SPYxANYA: Operation Memories is an adventure game that allows players to experience what kind of exciting and adorable life Anya has with her family. Capturing precious moments, having fun, and training hard to become an ideal spy is what Anya’s goal is; now, players will get a chance to experience it all. These objectives will encourage fans to play this game until they reach 100% and technically, I believe it’s a good thing. However, after playing almost 70% of the game, it nearly lost appeal to me as most of the missions are too repetitive and require much more challenge.

In terms of gameplay, expect lots of exploration opportunities like visiting many places seen in the anime. Unfortunately, the mini-game tied to said locations tends to be easy. Players will be either capturing pics of Anya with her family, racing and taking on her classmates in wild card games and trivia puzzles, or running with her family and avoiding getting caught by a large peanut literally.

Though they are easy, it is very limited as you can only play them once per day and night. However, the repetitive nature of the mini-games ensures that whatever novelty is tied to the activity is lost very quickly. If I were to recommend the developers to improve this part of the game, I would like to unlock some better rewards that will make me want to continue playing the game like unlockable missions, cutscenes, or even memorable cutscenes from the anime series.

The visual aspects of the game are good. Transitioning from 2D to 3D is pretty decent as we can see how modern and good-looking the character designs, the environments in the game, and even the small details such as the background. On the other hand, the unfixed states of some locations become apparent as frame rates drop and visual bugs start happening. Because of this, I feel like the developers rushed the scenes too much.

Returning to the game’s characters, the designs are nice and all but what made me feel better about the game was the fact that there are voice lines for each dialogue. Certain lines from the anime were featured in the game while others were newly recorded by the original voice actors and actresses. As a fan of the series, it’s waku-waku to hear the voices of Anya as she does some of the most unexpected things; frankly, it’s a nice pitch to have in this game.

The audio and music background of the game has a nice touch as well. Hearing some SPYxFamily OST is nice as players can enjoy listening to the music of the series while playing the game. Though the music is good and all, I was hyping it when I heard a particular theme music when playing Yor’s mission and it made me want to watch the whole series once more.

One thing I noticed about the game is that it has a lot of nostalgic fun fan service where we can see a lot of unlockable moments. Moments that can be unlocked in completing and unlocking the mini-games. An example is the face of Anya showing a sinister look at what she has planned to undermine her friends and family. Though it’s nostalgic and all, I feel like being rewarded with pics of Anya and the rest of the family isn’t enough to feel satisfied in completing the game at 100%. If I were myself, I would like to get more unlockables that speak the way Spy X Family anime should.

If I were to recommend players to get this game, I would say just get it during a sale or wait for a special gift for Bandai to give to players for free. SPYxANYA: Operation Memories is a game that needs improvement and I hope the developers of the game will put more effort into improving games like this.

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SPYxANYA Operation Memories – Review
Score Definition
You better must choose if it’s worth spending your spare cash, because it might not be the game for you and it might be for others.
Experiencing the life of Anya and her family in Spy X Family in the game is fun
Good collection and nostalgic character appearances
Good audio
This game has too many repetitive missions and most of the time, players must complete mini-games
Lacks the sustenance to make it appealing to many players
Has a variety of frame drop rates and bugs that literally cause the game to go into a twist
Needs further improvement on what the true goal of the game is