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Sid Meier's Covert Action (DOS)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Stupidly addictive fun Afterburner (477) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
The Spy Game of Our Epoch Richard Nixon (3) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The only spy game thats worth coming back to. Andrew Morris (6) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
An Overlooked Gem Tony Van (2681) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
Great spy game. Attila (494) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Sid Meier Strikes Again! Shawn McDonie (15) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.2
Overall User Score (45 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Complexity of gameplay has become synonymous with the Microprose name, something that Covert Action has bountiful supplies of. The choice of options provide a depth of play rarely seen. A choice of four skill levels, three mission areas (Middle East, Europe of the Americas), three basic crime-orientations (espionage, international crime or terrorism) and over a dozen of enemy operatives (at least half a dozen of which will be involved with each crime), Covert Action is a game that will take many hours of play to successfully complete.
The One
Apart from a fairly simplistic look, practically everything is up to the high-class standards expected from MicroProse, and it's only after really spending some time with it that you can come to appreciate the work involved. Ultimately Covert Action is a highly entertaining and very involved venture. It's a perfect way of spending a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The four sub-games break the tension.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Ohne Kenntnisse der englischen Sprache wird einem dieses Spiel nicht zur Freude gereichen. Die Grafik des Spiels bleibt eindeutig hinter der hervorragend angelegten Story zurück, ebenso der Sound. Aber das tut der Spielfreude keinen. Abbruch! Für alle „Möchte-gern-James-Bonds “ und Freunde von komplizierten Rätseln ein absolutes Muß.
PC Leisure
However, should you play it properly, taking careful note of the clues you find and so on, then it should prove to be a source of long-term entertainment. If you're looking for an instantly accessible action/strategy game which doesn't require too much of the old grey matter then you're looking in the wrong place.
Power Play
Beim ersten Einbruch zittert man: Macht die Wache die verdammte Türe jetzt auf oder nicht? Da pumpt das Adrenalin, Max drückt sich mit gezückter Knarre and die Wand, und der Spieler hat schweißnasse Hände. Das Agentenflair ist gut eingefangen; die ersten Sitzungen bringt Covert Action auch eine Menge Spaß. Man ist gut damit beschäftigt, Oberbösewichte, Organisatoren und Handlanger zu verhaften, was sich als nicht einfach herausstellt und einige Übung sowie Grips braucht. Auf Dauer wird das Spiel allerdings eintönig, da sich der Ablauf "Suchen-Einbrechen-Verhaften" doch sehr wiederholt.