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NARC (NES)

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Written by  :  ETJB (447)
Written on  :  Nov 17, 2012
Platform  :  NES
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Summary

Just Say "Yes", To Vigilante Justice

The Good

NARC was a fun, ultra violent coin-op arcade game, which was perfect for the mood of 1980s America.

These were the days when many of our popular heroes and politicians supported a "get tough" approach to crime (instead of fretting about Constitutional niceties) and sought to solve the nation's complex drug problem with simple slogans and a bit of Wild West, urban vigilante justice.

1980s American politics and pop culture aside, their is something undeniably fun (if not over the top) about controlling one or (if a friend wants to play) two "bad ass" modern cowboys waging a heavily armed war against crime and violence...with violence.

While the NES version of NARC cannot match the arcade graphic and sound capabilities, the graphics and sound are both above average for the NES and the fun, vigilante justice-style game play is, largely intact.

True, Nintendo censors required noticeable changes to the NES version before it could be released. However, none of these changes really distract from the fun, if not silly, violent arcade-action nature of the game.

The Bad

The controls for NARC on the NES are a bit annoying. This may be due to practical limitations in how the NES controller was designed, but their are certainly times when I wish it was easier to consistently jump and fire off my missiles.

The Bottom Line

NARC is an adrenaline rush of vigilante justice with a body count that would probably make even the baddest, 1980s Hollywood cop/action hero blush. Game play-wise playing it on the NES is still, largely, as enjoyable as playing it in the arcades.

Remember Kids: Drugs Are Bad, but Destroying Everything In Sight With Automatic Firearms and Missiles is Really Cool.