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Old 05-02-2011, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Narc

Back in the 80's there was a huge campaign against drugs was set up by the U.S. Government. Some of the more memorable propaganda were McGruff the Crime Dog and Cartoon All Stars, but most of it was pretty lame and didn't really work too well. Then in 1988, NARC was introduced to the arcades by Williams Electronics. It is one of the first ultra violent games to come out and was constantly being attacked for it's graphic contents by parents nationwide.

NARC is basically a beat 'em up with guns instead of melee combat. You control Max Force (blue shirt) or Hit Man (red shirt) and are ordered by Spencer Williams, Narcotics Opposition Chairman, to commence Project NARC. Their mission to arrest Mr. Big, leader of a criminal organization that's into drug and arms trafficking.

Your goal in each level is to find a key card that will allow you to continue to the next level. You have two weapons at your disposal, an assault rifle with unlimited ammo and a rocket launcher with five shots. Your character can move in all four directions, jump and duck, but can only shoot left or right. The speed and mobility of the characters are horrible and only increase the difficulty in an already insanely difficult game. It's a good thing that most of the enemies can be killed with one shot. But as you progress through the game, more powerful enemies begin to appear that need to be shot multiple times as they are doped up on PCP. This is where the rocket launcher comes in handy, as it will instantly kill anyone it hits and anyone near it, turning them into flaming body parts that splatter all over the screen! You could also arrest the criminals by standing over them for about three seconds. Making arrests or "busts" give you more points than you would if you simple blew everyone up...but where's the fun in that!?

NARC doesn't really have any sort of power up other than a sweet ride that you can use in one level. Literally one level. When you're riding the car, you can either run over the enemies or shoot them if they're straight ahead. However, while this power up pretty much makes you invincible while you're driving, it will usually kill you when you crash as there are multiple road blocks.

You'll be up against a non stop onslaught criminals armed with pistols, explosives and even heroin filled syringes. The enemies all have a basic attack but make up for it with their unique personalities. One of the weirder enemies in the game is some sort of huge bug that attaches itself to your face and drains your life bar! However the one that stands out to me the most is Kinky Pinky, a horny porno addicted clown who jumps around like a ninja and kidnaps hookers standing outside of the XXX shops. But whoever or whatever your enemy may be, you'll be facing a horde of them and they all deal you TONS of damage. This game is hard. Really hard. It's so difficult that you would probably need at least two quarters to pass the first stage.

The graphics in NARC used are actually digitized pictures of real people, later made famous by Mortal Kombat. The graphics for NARC were so good in terms of color that it would not be surpassed until MK II came out in 1993. Along with the sweet graphics, NARC also had a fairly large amount of voice samples used during and in between levels.

The soundtrack isn't really all that inspiring nor does it help to set any sort of mood in any level. Good thing it quickly gets drowned out by sound effects of the constant action going on. The sound effects are really great in this game. The enemies all share a similar death scream and the drug dealers sometimes scream "OH NO! THE NARCs!" or "I give up!"

Even though it was tough and brutally unforgiving nor did it really do much to keep kids away from drugs, NARC was a pretty fun game that would get ported to the NES, AMIGA and in 2005 to the PS2, XBOX and PC. It's affects in POP Culture can be seen in the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, whereaNARC arcade cabinet is being played by the kids at The Shredder's compound.Rock group Pixies recorded a cover of the theme song and titled the cover "Theme Song from NARC" in their 1991 album "Planet of Sounds." It even got a piece of the action from the animated cartoon, The Power Team, featured in the video game show, Video Power.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice review Joz! Loved this game. Me an my friends used to play it at a local 7-11 and always had a good time playing it. Kinky Pinky made me laugh the first time I saw him.

I always thought the last boss was the basis for later bosses in Games like Smash TV.
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That last boss is impossible to beat by yourself! You're not fast enough to get out of it's range and you can only hit him like 2 or 3 times before he's on top of you which deals massive damage to you.
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I have beaten him by myself, but never in the arcade only in emulation. At the arcade it was always a two man effort.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You've played many great games. Any you might recommend I play and review?
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That depends. Does the genre matter or is it anything goes?
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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