I don't consider myself a retro fan, but there's something instinctively fun about going fast and shooting things. Highway Pursuit provides one of the better outlets for these urges and considering the fact that I first played this remake four years ago means I'm having a threesome with both Retro and her sister, Nostalgia.
I was a huge fan of the original Spy Hunter, which I experienced on the Atari 2600, so when this game came along a few years back I felt right at home. The graphics are pretty good for what they're trying to accomplish, the music is catchy, just like in the original, and there is definitely a challenge, even for veterans of the original.
For those who have never played it, Spy Hunter is a combination of Racing and Shoot 'em up games. Highway Pursuit is no different. The gameplay involves you racing down an endless road dodging civilian cars while shooting at enemies. Along the way you will find supply vans on the road that you are capable of driving into to gain extra weapons like missiles, oil slicks, and smoke screens.
The cool thing about Highway Pursuit is how the enemies behave. The enemies don't simply drive ahead of you while you pump them full of lead, instead you'll find yourself in various situations requiring smart maneuvering. Sometimes two cars will come up from behind and box you in, forcing you to slam on the breaks in order to get behind them. It's little moments like these that keep the game from being monotonous, which oft happens in arcade games.
The only beef I have with the game is that you HAVE to slow down when you approach a van on the side of the road, otherwise it won't be able to catch up to you. Then once you allow it to pull ahead, driving into the back can be very difficult, given the narrow size of the ramp. This breaks the flow of the game slightly.
Overall, Highway Pursuit is a very satisfying arcade game. While you shouldn't expect it to eat more than 10 minutes of your day, you can definitely expect it to fill in your coffee break.