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You are Agent 17 (codename: "Otto"). Your mission is to secure all top secret documents from a security building and escape in the getaway car, located in the basement of the building.

Enemies spies are scattered throughout the 30-floor building and they have only one mission: execute Agent 17 at all costs. There are several ways in which Agent 17 can kill them:
  • Shooting them with his gun.
  • Kicking them by jumping onto them.
  • Shooting a light on the ceiling while in an elevator, dropping the light onto one of them.
  • Crushing them with an elevator.
Whenever a light has been dropped, the hallways will be dark for a short period of time, making the enemy spies harder to see. The same holds true for hallways that are already dark.

While Otto is in an elevator, he will have complete control of it by moving up or down. Agent 17 can still get killed if he's already in an elevator if a bullet's trajectory is aimed at it.. When Otto is not in an elevator, it will move from floor to floor automatically, even when enemy spies are in it. Otto is able to leap over the elevator gaps, but he must be as close to the edge as possible without falling off in order to make the jump safely. If there is an elevator cable in the way, however, it will block him, causing him to fall.

Just because the game is called Elevator Action doesn't mean that elevators are the only means of travel. There are also escalators which you can ride up or down, useful if you want to avoid gunfire and don't have time to jump.

Otto must go into the rooms with red doors to collect the top secret documents. If he tries to get to his car without getting all the documents, he cannot escape and must go back and collect the remaining documents. Once he has all the documents and drives away, he then proceeds to the next building.

If Otto takes too much time to collect the documents, the alarm will go off, and he will have trouble controlling the elevators, which will take time to react. Bad guys will be especially aggressive. The alarm doesn't go off when Otto loses a life, it only resets after finishing a building. Besides ducking, bad guys may also drop themselves and lay flat on the floor. It's virtually impossible for Otto to shoot bad guys when they do this. Also, Otto cannot duck when in an elevator.


Elevator Action Sharp X1 Oi, get outta my elevator!
Elevator Action Arcade Riding the elevator.
Elevator Action Arcade Title Screen.
Elevator Action Game Boy Escaped via your getaway car

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Elevator Action Screenshot
Elevator Action Magazine Advertisement Page 6
Elevator Action Screenshot
Elevator Action Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "エレベーターアクション" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews NES Dec, 2011 B- 67
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Feb, 1987 66 out of 100 66
Tilt Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 12 out of 20 60
VideoGame NES Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Play Time Game Boy Apr, 1992 59 out of 100 59
GameSpot Wii Mar 19, 2007 5.2 out of 10 52
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Retro Game Reviews NES Jun 14, 2015 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
Video Games Game Boy Apr, 1992 44 out of 100 44
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 May, 1987 34 out of 100 34


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Atari 2600 version

The Atari 2600 port was never completed. A limited run of about 200 cartridges containing the uncompleted game was sold by CGE Services Corporation at Classic Gaming Expo 2001.

Spectrum version bug

The Spectrum version shipped with graphical corruption appearing at the bottom of the screen at the end of a level. A fixed version is available online via the World of Spectrum website.
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