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NARC
Developer Williams
Publisher Williams
Designer Eugene Jarvis (designer)
Brian Schmidt (music)
Released 1988
Genre Run and gun
Mode(s) Up to 2 players simultaneously
Platform(s) Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Xbox, PlayStation 2
Input methods Joystick; 4 buttons
Arcade cabinet Upright
Arcade system Williams Z-Unit
CPU: TI TMS34010 (@ 6 MHz)
Sound CPU: (2x) M6809 (@ 2 MHz)
Sound chips: Yamaha YM2151 FM, (2x) DAC, Harris HC55536 CVSD
Arcade display Raster Medium Resolution (Horizontal) CRT: Color

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NARC is a 1988 arcade game designed by Eugene Jarvis for Williams Electronics. It was one of the first ultra-violent video games and a frequent target of parental criticism of the arcade game industry. The object is to arrest and kill drug offenders, confiscate their money and drugs, and defeat Mr. Big. It was ported, not long after, to the NES and several home computer systems in 1990. In 2005, it was also updated into a brand new game for the Xbox and PS2. Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Eugene Jarvis at California Extreme 2006 Eugene Peyton Jarvis (born 1955) is a game designer and programmer, producing pinball machines for Atari and video games for Williams Electronics. ... Williams is a long-standing electronic gaming and amusement company based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Pac-Man is one of the most recognizable video games ever created. ... Mr. ... “NES” redirects here. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... PS2 redirects here. ...

Contents

The arcade game

Released in 1988, this was the first game in the newly restarted Williams Electronics coin op division, and features their notable use of digitized graphics (later made famous in games such as Mortal Kombat). In fact the quality of the graphics in terms of number of colors would not be surpassed until the game Mortal Kombat II (released in 1993). The game features what in arcade terminology is termed a medium resolution monitor - higher resolution than televisions and normal arcade monitors, although often in a smaller physical size. NARC was also the very first arcade game to utilize the TI TMS34010, which is a 32-bit processor. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Williams is a long-standing electronic gaming and amusement company based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Mortal Kombat was the first entry in the famous and highly controversial Mortal Kombat fighting game series by Midway, released in arcades in 1992. ... Mortal Kombat II (also referred to as MKII) is an arcade game and the second title in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. ...


Narc has what can be considered a pretty basic storyline. The two characters, Max Force and Hit Man, have received a memo from Spencer Williams, Narcotics Opposition Chairman in Washington, DC dispatching them on Project NARC. Their mission is to apprehend Mr. Big, head of an underground drug trafficking and terrorist organization. The player controls either Max Force or Hit Man, who are hunting down junkies, drug dealers and organized crime kingpins. Max and Hit are equipped with an automatic weapon and missile launcher. When an enemy is dispatched using the latter, they explode in a torrent of scorched and bloody body appendages. Some enemies surrender by being arrested and then float away with "BUSTED" over them, this is then added to your tally at the end of the level along with drugs and money confiscated from other enemies that they dropped when killed (despite concerns about violence, the game actually awards more points at the end of a round for arresting enemies without killing them). The game's objective is to reach and destroy various drug dealing ringleaders. Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Organized crime or criminal organizations are groups or operations run by criminals, most commonly for the purpose of generating a monetary profit. ... Retail selling Street selling is the bottom of the chain and can be accomplished through purchasing from prostitutes, through cloaked retail stores or refuse houses for users in the act located in red-light districts which often also deal in paraphernalia, dealers marketing merriment at night clubs and other events... Terrorist redirects here. ...


Project NARC encompasses an illegal narcotics laboratory, a cannabis greenhouse, and several other places of villainy. The levels are: 19th century Heroin bottle This article is about the drug classification. ... This article is about the plant genus Cannabis. ... The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken. ...

  • The Junkyard
  • K.R.A.K. Street (later changed to K.W.A.K. for the NES release)
  • The Bridge
  • Sunset Strip
  • Skyhigh's Nursery
  • Downtown
  • Red Level 1
  • Blue Level 2
  • Mr. Big's Office
  • Inner Sanctum
  • Jackpot!

Ports and other releases

Note: information on the other ports of this game are much needed


ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC

The ZX Spectrum version of NARC

Programmed by David Leitch at Sales Curve Interactive and published by Ocean Software, NARC came at a time when the aging ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC were being pushed to their limit and accurately captures the gameplay of the arcade original with roughly the same quantities and sizes of enemy sprites and animations, albeit at a lower pixel and colour resolution. Image File history File links NARC_(ZX_Spectrum). ... Image File history File links NARC_(ZX_Spectrum). ... SCi (originally Sales Curve Interactive) is a videogames software development house based in the United Kingdom. ... The Ocean logotype had an often prominent placement on the box art. ... The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ...


The game received generally positive reviews, including 9/10 from CRASH, 8/10 from Sinclair User and 72% from Your Sinclair - a review in which Matt Bielby neatly summarised the feelings of most critics of the game [1]: CRASH was a magazine dedicated to the ZX Spectrum home computer. ... Sinclair User, often abbreviated SU, was a magazine dedicated to the Sinclair Research range of home computers, most specifically the ZX Spectrum. ... Your Sinclair magazine logo Your Sinclair Issue 1, January 1986 Your Sinclair or YS as it was affectionately known, was a British computer magazine for the Sinclair range of computers, specifically the ZX Spectrum. ...

I don't think it's really Ocean's fault (it's more down to the original Williams arcade machine) but this is one of the most objectionable Speccy games I've seen in ages. It's very (very) violent, it's pretty repetitive, and the plot is utter nonsense

Nintendo Entertainment System

The NES version of NARC.

This 1990 version of NARC, published by Acclaim Entertainment and developed by Rare Ltd. was billed as "the first video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) with a strong anti-drug message"[2]. Despite the NES's system limitations, the game retained most of its violence and gore. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rare, Ltd is a United Kingdom-based video game development company. ... “NES” redirects here. ...


The gameplay was significantly handicapped because of the NES controller's limited number of buttons (only two buttons on the NES whereas the arcade version has four).


Despite the game's strong anti-drug message, Nintendo forced all drug references to be removed from the actual gameplay.


In 1990, Acclaim released NARC as a handheld LCD game as well.


Midway Arcade Treasures 2

In 2004, the Midway Arcade Treasures 2 compilation featured a re-release of the arcade version of Narc. The game was an emulation rather than a port of the arcade game, so it was practically a carbon copy of the original. But due to some problems in emulating the game, the sound is prone to cutting out during gameplay. Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is the second collection of classic arcade games published by Midway for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. ... This article is about emulation in computer science. ...


2005 update

The 2005 home console update of the 1988 arcade hit of the same title was also developed and published by Midway Games for the Xbox and PS2. A planned GameCube version was later cancelled. Although the update was slated to be a straight remake of the story from the arcade game, the version that was eventually released featured a totally new story. This made the game so different from the arcade version of NARC that it could be considered a completely different game with no relation to the original. The update casts the player as narcotics officer Jack Forzenski & DEA agent Marcus Hill, former partners reunited who are instructed to investigate a new drug on the streets called liquid soul. Game console redirects here. ... For other uses, see Software developer (disambiguation). ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... PS2 redirects here. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ...


Drugs available in NARC include Speed, marijuana, Ecstasy, Quaaludes, Acid, and Crack. One of the most controversial aspects of the game is that after arresting dealers and confiscating their stock, the player can either take the confiscated items to the evidence room, or keep them for future use. This confers benefits such as improved weapons accuracy. Dealing drugs for financial benefit is also possible. However, as in real life, drug use leads to consequences such as addiction, blackouts, and loss of health and reputation points. The integration of drug use by the protagonist is in complete contrast to the anti-drug message of the original arcade game. The game's source code dates back to the three-year-old State of Emergency[3]. Amphetamine or Amfetamine(Alpha-Methyl-PHenEThylAMINE), also known as beta-phenyl-isopropylamine and benzedrine, is a prescription stimulant commonly used to treat Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children. ... Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja,[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa L. subsp. ... MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), most commonly known by the street names ecstasy or XTC (for more names see the full list), is a synthetic entactogen of the phenethylamine family, whose primary effect is believed to be the stimulation of secretion as well as inhibition of re-uptake of large amounts... Methaqualone tablets and capsules. ... Lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly called LSD, LSD-25, or acid. ... A pile of crack cocaine ‘rocks’. Crack cocaine is a highly addictive form of cocaine that is popular for its intense high. ... A controversy is a contentious dispute, a disagreement over which parties are actively arguing. ... These lollipops, above, were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration In jurisdictions where legislation restricts or prohibits the sale of certain popular drugs, it is common for an illegal drugs trade to develop. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... Mrs. ... Source code (commonly just source or code) is any series of statements written in some human-readable computer programming language. ... This article is about the video game. ...


Several well-known stars are involved with the voice acting in NARC, including Michael Madsen, Bill Bellamy, and Ron Perlman. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For other uses, see Michael Madsen (disambiguation). ... Bill Bellamy (born April 7, 1965 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. ... For the business executive, see Ronald Perelman. ...


The 2005 update of NARC was rated #9 on Screwattack's Top 10 Worst 2D to 3D games, with Screwattack saying,"While you're pretty much supposed to shoot everything, this time around, it just seems really dull and monotonous". ScrewAttack is a video game-related website that showcases original entertainment for an audience of video game enthusiasts. ... ScrewAttack is a video game-related website that showcases original entertainment for an audience of video game enthusiasts. ...


Controversy

A March 21, 2005 press release announced the game's shipment to retailers and emphasized that NARC was designed for an "older audience"[4]. Indeed, the game was given an M rating. is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games in the United States. ...


According to Chris Morris, "Its timing, though, couldn't be worse – and could have long-term ramifications on the industry"[5].


Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said, "These kinds of games teach kids to do the very things that in real life, we put people in jail for. Just as we don't allow kids to buy pornography or alcohol or tobacco, we shouldn't allow them to buy these games."[6] NARC was banned from Australia before it was released. [citation needed] Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Milorad Blagojevich, commonly known as Rod R. Blagojevich (pronounced IPA:  , born December 10, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Illinois. ... Porn redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shredded tobacco leaf for pipe smoking Tobacco can also be pressed into plugs and sliced into flakes Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. ...


Despite its pre-release controversy, the aftermath of NARC fell considerately short of the influence that other controversially influential games (a prime example being the Grand Theft Auto series) had. Some reviewers had also flagged NARC as a GTA clone, despite the fact that NARC didn't have any carjacking in its gameplay - which was a prominent factor of Grand Theft Auto. The original Grand Theft Auto, PC Version Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a video game created by DMA Design (now Rockstar North) and published by ASC Games in 1997. ... GTA clone is a term used by video game critics and players to refer to the many titles released following the massive success of Grand Theft Auto III (GTA III) in 2001, which emulated, or at least attempted to, the gameplay functions of GTA III or other later games from... Carjacking is the crime of stealing a motor vehicle when the vehicle is occupied. ... Grand Theft Auto may refer to Motor vehicle theft, a crime in many jurisdictions Grand Theft Auto (film), a film directed by Ron Howard Grand Theft Auto (series), a computer and video game series Grand Theft Auto (video game), the first game in this series Category: ...


Soundtrack

Some of the songs featured in NARC:

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Notes

  • The back of the Xbox version of the game box checks off "Custom Soundtracks" but this feature wasn't implemented.
  • Design changes during development meant many levels and features were cut from the game as they could not be finished or no longer fitted the 'direction' of the project. These included:
    • South American level - completed to rough design and blockout.
    • Eastern Europe - Completed to first pass, all missions designed. Originally intended to be the last level before 'Boss island'
    • Dockyard - Extension of HongKong area. Non-sandbox style mission area which culminated in a boss battle. Essentially complete.
    • Boss battle - Sumo boss, players fought a massive sumo-style wrestler in the bowels of a container ship. 100% complete
    • Boss battle - Airplane, Players fought a drug lord in an aeroplane still inside the hangar. Essentially complete

Cultural influence

Rock group Pixies recorded a cover of the theme song from the original arcade game, and released it as a B-Side to their 1991 single, "Planet of Sound". They entitled the cover "Theme From NARC", and it consisted of frontman Frank Black singing the song title several times, while the band played the theme music. The Pixies[1] are an American alternative rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Frontman (also front man) is a term referring to the lead singer or band leader of a music group. ... For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ...


Trivia

  • A NARC arcade machine is being played by some of the youths in Shredder's compound in the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Max Force, Mr. Big, Spike, and Joe all appear on the animated series, The Power Team, which is part of the video game show, Video Power.
  • ScrewAttack named NARC the 9th worst game to go from 2-D to 3-D.

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References

External links


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Narc has been banned in Australia, and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has denounced the game in his push to pass the Safe Games Act in his state.
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