Studio of the moment, Sabec, is keeping up with its current schedule of weekly Switch releases with Spy Alarm, the latest of its 'games' to hit the eShop.
You might remember that Calculator blew up online a couple of weeks back (sparking a comical trend of joke reviews in the process), and this was quickly followed up by Xylophone, perhaps forever cementing Sabec as a publisher of needless apps on Nintendo's digital store. With Spy Alarm, though, the studio is at least making use of one of Switch's underused and underrated features.
"Spy Alarm works by transmitting an invisible infra-red tripwire which if broken sounds an alarm," the eShop listing reads. The right Joy-Con's IR Camera comes into play here, sending out this invisible beam, and if someone or something crosses that beam, an alarm will ring out from the console.
You can choose from four different alarm sounds, and just in case you're somehow using this for some important spy work, the app also includes an 'intruder logger' which will track how many times your alarm was triggered while you were away. We doubt James Bond will be downloading this for his next mission, but we guess it could be useful if you suspect your cat might be pinching snacks from your desk whenever you head out.
Spy Alarm launches for Nintendo Switch on 27th May for $9.99. Make sure to sneak into our comments section below and share your thoughts.
Good idea. So the burglars know where the high-value electronics are.
"Hello, Mr. Burglar friend! I can't believe that you almost missed my Nintendo Switch! Please don't forget to take it! Oh, and, while I am here... the safe combination is 1234."
This is gonna get someone robbed.
Still chasing those calculator views huh...
Obviously not intended as a serious alarm system guys.
This would be super cool for building secret bases and pillow fortresses as a kid though!
I wonder if the infrared joy-con could also replicate the light gun functionality. Could open up doors to other arcade classics. Time Crisis, Virtua Cop etc.
Thief trips alarm Unplugs the switch wile putting it in his sack "LOL".
10/10 goty mastapeace
hey why you guys make google chrome or internet explorer for the switch. i would be for that.
Power to the devs, but I hate this. These meme apps do nothing but clog up an already bloated eShop.
I dunno, if I was a kid and we were playing something like "let's pretend to be spies", I could see this actually being pretty awesome. Like, I can imagine one kid hiding it somewhere in the house and then, once placed, the other kids would have to try to get through the halls or stairs or whatever without tripping the alarm. Rinse and repeat.
TBH, as a child in the 80s, my friends and I would have loved having something like this to goof around with. I think the major problem with it is three-fold:
1) Everyone is going to assume it's meant to be a serious anti-theft app.
2) I'm not sure if kids these days have the sort of imagination required to play games like the one described above (and also, get off my lawn!)
3) The price. Come on now.
At $3 I could see this being a quasi-interesting novelty purchase. I mean, you don't have to be a kid to do something like pretend to be spies. With enough psychoactive chemicals, anything is possible. Unfortunately, you would probably need to be on A LOT of drugs to think that this would be worth $10. I'm sure there's a market tho.
@Andy_Witmyer chances are it'll be $3 in a month tops, on the road to recurrent $0.99. What is of more concern is a reality you describe where everyone is expected to shop for serious anti-theft apps on a video game storefront with a
straight face. Either you're exaggerating or our species is on the brink of extinction.🙀😅
These apps are clearly going to be available at 90% discount very soon.
So basically like the Spy Gear toys I remember from the early 2000s, which did novel things with wireless frequencies or infra-red etc, and would sound an alarm if an infra-red field was disrupted by movement.
I'm pretty sure this is the same no-touch technology that turns on hand-washing sinks or flushes toilets.
Ironically, at $10 this is robbery.
This studio is on a roll. It will have published more games than Nintendo has this quarter.
So, Sabec is cementing itself as this generation's RCMDIAX.
You have got to be kidding me. This is 'YO THIEVES. EXPENSIVE STUFF HERE' game for $10 whole dollars.
These people need their Switch dev licences taken away from them. I thought the WiiU eShop was filled fill of tripe but its got nothing on the Switch's eShop.
Where is Nintendo's quality control over their shop?
Sooo... How about a laser tag game?
@gb_nes_gamer I have been WISHING for this since knowing it had Infra-Red.
We can lock these sort of apps all we like but as a kid I was massively into spy stuff and I would have been all over something like this.
@tntswitchfan68 Not trolling but why?
My 📱 is next to me when I play and during my Wii/PS3 days, I never used the Browser as they were 💩
@Andy_Witmyer @Ogbert @ebirol
As a fellow old, I concur.
This would have ruled 20-30 years ago if used creatively and my first thoughts went to a cheap laser tag kit my little brother and I had as kids.
@Deppasois same. Ive never got browser's on consoles. Far easier and faster to look up info on a laptop or mobile than it is to look it up on a console. Naturally tho, i guess there are some people that dont have our luxuries and it may be the only method of browsing for them. Still 💩 tho 😂
@Andy_Witmyer Kids do truly have the imagination for playing games. My little brother, his buddies, and occasionally myself all play a myriad of games from pirates, to spies, to animals, to construction, to wizards, to heroes, and a plethora of other things. Imagination is alive and well, my friend.
Next, there’ll be a $10 Combine app that allows you to create custom sounds with the xylophone for the alarm and, when it’s tripped, force you to solve a math problem on the screen using the calculator before continuing the game you’re playing.
I'm surprised Night Vision didn't get any press...
The calculator is just sad, but this is actually pretty cool. It embodies the "toy" mentality of Nintendo very well, and I could see kids having tons of fun with it. Granted, it's a product that could be accomplished with a $15 toy rather than a $300 console.... But it would be some good physical-space fun for kids I bet.
Reminds me of someone's luggage combination!
After seeing the image in the article, I now want a 007/James Bond style laser in my JoyCon!
As an 80s kid as well, there was something like what you describe...
Hide 'n' Sneak
i just think its neat to see more people use the infra-red tech on the joycon. this sounds like a cute thing id use to bug my brothers as a kid lol
@gb_nes_gamer if only!!
@Kidfunkadelic83 I use the browser on my 3DS all the time when I need to quickly look something up. It's a time saver, plus you can use Facebook on a 3DS to recover your Facebook account
Like most of these other comments, this thing looks fun for those interested in spy stuff. I'd give it a shot, but I'm past that age now lol.
What's funny, is that this company would probably have an easier time selling all these "toy" apps they make as a compilation, instead of standalone single trick gimmicks.
@Deppasois the screen size. That is for me.
@westman98 It's no Knack killer, though.
it's a Super Mario Bros 2 killer
@westman98 Here come da moneyyyy 💸🤑💸
That's kind of cool, but it's got a camera in there they should have had it take an IR photo when the alarm goes off. These apps are okay ideas, but they sure do seem bare bones and low effort, especially for ten bucks.
"Nintendo hires Calculator studio help with BoTW 2"
These clowns also released "Night Vision" for the obscenely high price of US$10 merely to access the functionality that Nintendo themselves built in to the Joy-Con. Even $2-$3 is insultingly expensive, and this is the sort of garbage that Nintendo should be stamping out of the eShop.
Now, the idea of a Spy Alarm could be cool if multiple right Joy-Con can be used at a time so that people can try to manoeuvre around the various "beams", but I doubt that that is the case here. In fact, such an activity sounds like it would be a great addition to a new Wii Party or Mario Party game.
How would this even work as a "spy" option? The Switch would need to be turned on somewhere at all times as it does bugger-all in sleep mode (and close enough to the Joy-Con so that the "alarm" will sound), and both the Switch itself and the right Joy-Con will need to be fully charged as the Joy-Con can't be plugged in to a power source while in use for the purposes of this software.
And these "developers" are laughing it up to the bank with all of the "fun" publicity for putting little to no effort in to their software, and people paying for their ridiculously overpriced garbage for S&Gs.
This app could actually be useful depending on how you use it, I kinda like it! 😮
wth is wrong with this people?
@Nintendo_Thumb FOR ANOTHER $10. you can prolly buy the photo expansion 'season'.
Can't wait to see "Note book" next. I do think this censor is kind of cool though, actually this time.
You didn’t see house of the dead coming ???
You should be able to make this in garage builder, or whatever it's called
I start liking them.
I like how garbage their prices always are, what a bunch of hacks
First look of Spy Alarm - https://youtu.be/ZwOkTZAPWOg
Studio produces clickbait garbage but why not when these sites won’t stop obsessing over them.
@chardir I hope so.
This could be really fun for kids. I am surprised how many people in the comments seem to lack imagination.
The only issue I have is that they talk about sending an invisible beam. But the Joy-Con has an IR camera and, as cameras are wont to do, it doesn't emit light, it receives it.
IGN review please...😂
This time with a graphic overlay ripped straight from Metroid!
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