[[caption-width-right:308:Pictured: The war on drugs.]]
->''"Say no or die!"''

''NARC'' was an UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame released in 1988 by Creator/WilliamsElectronics where one or two players take part in the War on Drugs.

The player controls members of N.O. (Narcotics Opposition) officers code-named "Max Force" or "Hit Man" as they wage war on drugs. And we do mean war. The entire game consists of shooting drug dealers and other crooks with machine guns and rocket launchers ''en masse.'' For a bit of variety, sometimes you run them over with your car instead.[[note]]While you can arrest some enemies, this is harder, takes more time (therefore exposing you to more damage) and you can only arrest so many enemies per level before it stops working leaving lethal force your only option. Also some enemies are immune to arrest.[[/note]] Your ultimate goal is to defeat the man behind the entire operation, "Mr. Big". Naturally, the players do this by making him explode. Turning the murder-factor UpToEleven was essentially the only way to make teenagers pay attention to a game with an anti-drug message.

''NARC'' is notable for being the first 32-bit arcade game, using the TI [=TMS34010=] processor.

The NintendoEntertainmentSystem version, developed by Creator/{{Rare}}, was released in 1990 by Creator/{{Acclaim}}, who licensed out several characters from the game for ''WesternAnimation/VideoPower''.

A remake was released in 2005, changing the formula from an arcade shoot'em up to a ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''-style experience. It had rather mixed reviews.
!!''NARC'' contains examples of:
* AesopAmnesia: The original arcade game treated drugs as bad. The 2005 remake treated the drugs as power-ups.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Max Force was one of the main heroes in the Acclaim's ''Power Team'' cartoon, while Mr. Big and his lackeys (Dr. Spike Rush and Joe Rockhead) were the main villains.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The true Mr. Big is only vulnerable when shot in the eyes. Then after he turns into a skull, his spine has to be blown apart vertebra-by-vertebra starting at the top.
* {{Beating A Dead Player}}: If Max Force or Hit Man loses his last life to a dog, the dog will drag his body around the screen during the continue countdown.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The NES version, which changed the color of the blood spatter from red to yellow, renamed the "K.R.A.K." stores into "K.W.A.K." stores and changed the game's catchphrase from "Say no... or die" to "Just say no."
* CarFu: In the third stage, you can run over some of the bad guys with your car.
* CoolCar: The Porsches on the Bridge stage.
* CollisionDamage: Inverted with the weaker mooks: colliding with them immobilizes them, and if you can keep them that way for about a second you slap a pair of cuffs on them and they disappear. Played straight by EliteMooks Joe Rockhead and Kinky Pinkie, as well as the attack dogs. Averted both ways for Sergeant Skyhigh; you and he will pass right through each other.
* ColorCodedMultiplayer
* CoverVersion: {{Pixies}} covered the game's main theme as a B-side. The lyrics are literally just Black Francis wailing "Theme from NARC!"
* CowboyCop: You ''are'' playing a police officer... one who solves his problems with mass murder. In a slight subversion, you ''are'' encouraged to bust enemies whenever you can, instead of shooting them.
** However there is a limit to the number of busts you can make per level (perhaps the local lockup fills up?) After that you can no longer arrest perps and wasting them is the only option. However, it's a pretty high number, and grinding for it is risky.
** "Wasting him" IS the only option against Joe Rockhead: he'll kill you if you try "busting" him. Same with Kinky Pinky.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: The game attempted to avert this by making the addicts look mostly creepy and pathetic. The cops, on the other hand, stride through the streets blowing people up with rocket launchers.
* DisownedAdaptation: EugeneJarvis has all but disowned the remake.
* DrugsAreBad: Why else would the cops walk down Main Street shooting all the drug users with fully automatic weapons?
** Amusingly, the remake reverses this by treating drugs as ''powerups'' (for instance, crack temporarily makes you a "[[IncrediblyLamePun crack]] [[DudeNotFunny shot]].")
* DumbMuscle: Joe Rockhead in the above "Power Team" cartoons.
* FunWithAcronyms: Our heroes are employed by a group called the Narcotics Opposition, or "N.O." for short.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: So... why exactly does Mr. Big turn out to be a disembodied big giant head that shoots fire out of its eyes and spits out an endless stream of severed tongues?
* GoombaStomp: Your only defense against [[StalkedByTheBell giant flying roaches]].
* GunsAkimbo: You dual wield a machine gun and a rocket launcher.
* ImprobableWeaponUser:
** Spike Rush flings hypodermic syringes with enough drug to take a good bit of your life bar.
** Joe Rockhead picks up and throws garbage dumpsters.
* LudicrousGibs: What happens when you hit a baddie with a rocket launcher.
* MonsterClown: One of the villains, Kinky Pinky. For even more creepy, he's the one running Mr. Big's porn business.
* MoreDakka: The players, and one of the {{Mook}} in stage five utilizes this.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The identities of the player characters are Max Force and Hit Man.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: For all the geysers of blood in this game, shooting an attack dog simply makes it [[RuleOfFunny turn into a puppy and run away]].
* NoIndoorVoice: Once you put a coin in the slot, you're almost knocked backwards by how loud the speakers are turned up (the synthesized quality of 80s video-game sound effects didn't help).
* SmashMook: Joe Rockhead, a PCP addict who's super-strong and can lift dumpsters to hurt you. He takes a LOT of bullets or one rocket to bring down--don't even THINK about trying to "Bust" him as he will manhandle/kill you if you get within physical-grab range.
* StalkedByTheBell[=/=]IncreasinglyLethalEnemy: Hanging out in the same area for too long after collecting the keycard will spawn large groups of attack dogs. Fighting them off will just invoke the wrath of black-furred dogs, the fastest enemies in the game who will quickly tear you to shreds. They dart off-screen after taking a life, but they'll be back soon. Fighting ''them'' off spawn deadly roaches the size of a television set who will just latch on and suck you dry, and they respawn with faster flight speed. The roaches also spawn from the final boss's corpse, so hurry to the right.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: Your reward for beating the game. No joke.
* UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000: Although the remake trades off the ultraviolence for... the glorification of drug use, oddly enough.
* AWinnerIsYou: After defeating Mr. Big, players are rewarded the message, "You have completed the NARC training mission... CONTACT YOUR LOCAL DEA RECRUITER."