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The Video Game Critic
NARC combines rapid-fire shooting action with gratuitous gore to create a first-rate NES side scroller. I was instantly hooked on NARC, playing it until my thumb was sore. Judging by the non-stop shooting mayhem, it's no surprise that Eugene Jarvis (Defender, Robotron, Smash TV) had a hand in this. Allegedly an "anti-drug" game, the title screen actually says "Say No To Drugs". And what better way to say no to drugs than by mowing down scores of look-alike drug dealers? You also have the option of "busting" them should you get within arms' reach, but that's not nearly as fun. The well-designed control scheme uses a "double-tap" mechanism to simulate four buttons: jump, duck, shoot, and fire rocket. You have to love how the rockets blast those drug-dealing scumbags into meaty chunks. Some scenes feature attack dogs that can maul you into a bloody mess. Yes, this game is awesome! Add in a two-player co-op mode, and it is ON! Say no to drugs! Say YES to violence! Wahoo!!
Just Games Retro
Just say no - or else! If you were an 80s gamer, you've probably heard of this arcade classic. Or, you might remember its three-second cameo in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (I, for some reason, do). The plot is simple: NARC casts you in the role of the world's two most badassed narcotics commandos out to clean up the streets. If you thought Chow Yun-Fat was excessive in his methods of crime busting, you've never seen these guys. With a machine gun in one hand and a rocket launcher in the other, it's your job to carve through waves of drug dealers to get to the final corporate cause of all the drugs on the street and the ultimate drug kingpin himself: Mr. Big. I love 80s justice!
Overall, the game is poorly conceived and totally unfun. You'd think guys walking down the street with guns killing every single person in sight would be cool, but they couldn't even pull that off. I really hope they weren't relying on a deep, intriguing storyline. Bottom line, if you have the means to pick this game up, don't. And no need to thank me, either. Just think of me as a civil servant. Oh, wait. There was one cool part. Ya know when you shoot the dude with the rocket launcher and his body parts fly all over the screen? Oh, wait, nevermind. That sucked.
This game feels like it's trying to send a moral message, but it's hard to preach morals when all you're doing is blowing people up. Looking to NARC for a good message is like asking Charles Manson for dating advice. This game is absolutely terrible, easily one of the worst games I have ever played on the Nintendo Entertainment System.