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NARC - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


This is a one- or two-player simultaneous side-scroller. You are a futuristic police officer arresting or obliterating drug dealers, junkies, and attack dogs using machine guns and rocket launchers. There is a horizontal driving phase. The game is very graphically violent.

NARC was produced by Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) in 1988.

Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) released 84 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) was based in United States.

Other machines made by Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) during the time period NARC was produced include: F-14 Tomcat, Fire, Big Guns, Space Station, Millionaire, Banzai Run, Cyclone (1988), Swords of Fury, Jokerz!, and Taxi


Developer Williams Electronic Games, Inc. (WMS, 1985-2000) (United States)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8809
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 4 - Machine GunMissileJumpCrouch
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel NARC Control Panel Image
Side Art NARC Side Art Image

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Game Introduction

Players walk from one level to the next, blasting and arresting bad guys, and picking up drugs and money for points, which are totalled at the end of each level. In addition, sometimes a special 'Keycard' of a certain color is needed to be found before players can progress to the next section of the level.

Game Play

From "Vending Times", Nov. 1988:A two-player dedicated upright, 'Narc' takes players through an urban wasteland of drug dealers, smugglers, crazed killers, and desperate bad guys. Armed with machine guns and rocket-bombs, the 'Hit Man' and 'Max Force' characters fight their way through back alleys, abandoned warehouses, and across bridges in a mission to crush the criminal empire known as K.R.A.K. Their ultimate target is the headquarters of the evil mastermind known as 'Mr. Big.' Cooperative play places both players on the side of justices with a powerful anti-drug theme.

In addition to drug dealers, attacking dogs, and homeless guys launching rockets at you, there are some stages where some very large bugs attack and cling on to you. You must jump up and down to get them off of you.

NARC KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.61 (7 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.50

Overall Like 4.20
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 3.43
Collector Desire 3.67

Technical Rating: 4.13

Gameplay 4.17
Graphics 4.33
Originality 4.33
Sound/Music 3.67

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Designed by Eugene Jarvis, the mind behind such Williams' hits as Robotron and Defender. The game served as Williams' re-entry into the arcade industry. NARC was the first arcade game to use a 32-bit processor, the TI 34010. One of the designers is the guy in the long black leather coat.

The second player character was part of Acclaim's (the company made the NES version of NARC) 'Power Team' along with Tyrone (Arch Rivals), Kuros (Wizards and Warriors/Ironsword), Bigfoot (the monster truck) and Kwirk, the tomato, in an animated series featuring the characters. Three of the NARC bosses -- Mr. Big, Dr. Spike Rush and Joe Rockhead -- were the villains on the series.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op NARC Census

There are 14,911 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,532 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,200 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 96 known instances of this machine owned by NARC collectors who are active members. Of these, 83 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 12 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 9 active VAPS members with a NARC machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra NARC circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 9 active VAPS members currently looking for NARC. There is one active VAPS member looking for a NARC circuit board set.

This game ranks a 21 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 13 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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