Written by  :  Katakis | カタキス (39520)
Written on  :  Oct 22, 2003
Platform  :  DOS
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Uses the Crystal Caves engine

The Good

The government is working on the top-secret project known as “Red Rock Rover”, a ruby-powered laser that has the ability to pinpoint and fire at any target from Earth’s orbit. Unfortunately, three blueprints were stolen by the Diabolic Villain Society (DVS). The government hired Agent 006 to infiltrate the DVS headquarters on each of the three islands, and recover the blueprints.

There are three episodes to Secret Agent: “The Hunt for Red Rock Rover”, “Kill Again Island”, and “Dr. No Body”. In each episode, you will explore fifteen levels, where you have two tasks: blow up a satellite dish, and get some dynamite that will blow open the exit door. Without completing these tasks, you cannot complete the level. Once you do these tasks for all fifteen levels, the security gate protecting the fortress will open, allowing you to enter and get the blueprint inside. In most levels, some satellite dishes are in an area blocked off by a laser field, and you must de-activate it by inserting a disk in a computer.

Stopping Agent 006 from moving one step closer to the blueprints are numerous enemies, including metal dogs and robots. One of the first enemies you come across in Episode 1 Level 1 are thugs, which when shot, becomes a ninja master. Shoot him again and he becomes a ninja, a sentry, and a guard. Shoot the guard and a tombstone appears, which you can pick up for 1000 points. Accidentally shoot the tombstone, and you only receive 100 points. You should also watch out for hazards including spikes, water, and toxic waste.

You start off with three health points, represented by three Agent 006es. Once you are hit by an enemy, you lose one health point. Lose all three health points, and you have to restart the level. Instant death occurs if you touch laser fields, fall into water, or fall into toxic waste. You also have a limited amount of ammo. You start each episode with five shots. You can get more by picking up a bullet which gives you five more shots. You can save ammo by jumping over enemies.

Some parts of the level may be out of reach without moving a barrel near the out-of-reach place, and jumping from it to reach the platform, getting a pair of glasses that make invisible platforms appear, or by collecting the required keys (colored red, green, and blue) to open doors, corresponding to the key color. Some parts of the level or island cannot be reached by entering a teleporter.

There are goodies in which the ordinary spy can carry, such as toothbrush and toothpaste, wristwatches, money bags, briefcases, computer boards, magnifying glasses, and walkie-talkies. In most levels, collect the letters “S”, “P”, and “Y” in their correct order to also score points. Other points can be gained by finishing the level without no health lost, or touching a few flags.

The graphics are quite detailed than those in Crystal Caves. The only sounds you will hear are those coming out of the PC Speaker.

The Bad


The Bottom Line

Great game that is slightly better than Crystal Caves. 3D Realms still sells Secret Agent, so if you’ve played the shareware version, and want to recover the three blueprints, order it from 3D Realms. Along with Commander Keen, I would love to see a remake of Secret Agent, or remake it myself. ****½