This magazine was notable for being ridiculously big and hard to handle, especially for my little ten year old hands. I honestly don’t know what was with that stupid size considering also how hard it was to shelve it. Besides that annoyance, the magazine was also prone to overhype Spanish games. I’m not going to be too harsh on them because of this, since magazines from other countries did exactly the same. The problem is, unlike British and French games, Spanish games were generally rubbish.
|These are strange proportions. Each house is the size of the caldera|
|MadCop or RoboMax?|
It’s hard to pinpoint the moment where that enthusiasm started to fade, but I do remember the game being very hard. Still, that wasn’t a problem for games that left me so many good memories like Apydia. The graphics weren’t the culprit, as I also remember them being quite good and true to the magazine screenshots. Maybe the game just wasn’t fun. Whatever happened between me and Narco Police in the summer of 91, I’m just about to find out.
It’s a well known fact that kids like shiny things, namely good graphics. Well, at last that used to be the case when I was one. I do remember how games like Space Ace and Dragon’s Lair made me drool when I looked at magazine’s screenshots. Narco Police is a quite an impressive game from a technical point, so when I first loaded it I kind of wondered why we drifted apart. It didn’t took much time to figure out why. This game is HARD.
|The game looks better in motion. Trust me|
As for how the game plays, it kind of a Cabal (or a kind of brain damaged Gears of War, in case there are any younger readers), influenced action game with a simple squad-tactics aspect on top of it. The problem with this kind of hybrid games is that they rarely do each part as good as the games that influenced it, and that’s definitely true in this case. The tactics and equipping part of the game is very barebones and doesn’t add much to it. But that could have been a nice bonus if the core game was any fun.
|This door was on the receiving of all my frustrations|
Well, all is explained. Narco Police could have been a good game, but it was spoiled by an inadequate difficulty level. Another thing kids like is instant gratification, and that was nowhere to be found here.
|In this game, even lamps can kill you|