Narc (Ocean) Review | Sinclair User - Everygamegoing

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By Ocean
Spectrum 128K

Published in Sinclair User #106


Software houses everywhere seem to have declared war on drug barons everywhere as this month's game theme seems to be bombing, shooting and killing anyone that has anything to do with drugs. This is a good thing keeping down the low life that inhabit the forever twilight world of drugs and their cowardly minions. Having said that, I do hope that only mean illegal drugs - I hope that no-one's going to try to cut off my supply of 2 litres of Diet Coke a day.

What has all this to do with NARC? Well, the game has you in the role of a narcotics busting member of D.E.A. (Drug Enforcement Agency) and it's your job, along with your partner if you choose the two player option, to bust all the slimeball drug pushers who are on the streets using whatever means at your disposal. They're dealing in their own peculiar brand of misery, the Pleasure Pill. You're dealing out your own brand of justice, in hot lead from a machine gun and the occasional rocket that you pick up on the way.

The dealers hide out everywhere, in warehouses, in the street, private houses even hotels and restaurants. And in each scenario you must try to arrest your main target. These guys are identified at the beginning of each stage when you receive your report.


Each time a dealer is 'terminated' he may leave behind a collectible item. These range from drugs that they were carrying, money, and even bullets which when picked up give you extra ammo, bonus, time and even rockets for your launcher.

Graphics, as you can see from the screen shots, are good, and the screen gets busy without action being lost. With good control and a very easy to follow gameplay, NARC looks set to be as popular as its Williams arcade namesake.

Overall Summary

A good conversion on a popular theme. The best drug bashing shoot 'em up on the market.

Garth Sumpter

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