Title: Sid Meier's Covert Action (Classic)
Genre: Adventure, Simulation
MicroProse Software, Inc
Retroism, Nightdive Studios
Release Date: 1 Jan, 1990
Old... very old, but quite addictive and great.. One of the greatest games of PC history.. And obtuse puzzle game. Want to like it, but it's a game for someone with a ton of patience.
Cryptography is not exactly the part of spy stuff I'm interested in.
. Maybe the graphics are a bit basic, but that doesn't matter as it's all about the different aspects of being an secret agent, bugging suspects, tailing their cars, snooping through their files and computers, wiretapping their phones, decrypting their secret messages to find enough clues to foil their plans, I loved this when it first came out in the early 90s and have loved it since and I was soo thrilled when it was available on Steam as I have lost the original floppy's.. the game is no good. Spy game! Sid Meier! Simple but deep!
1. It's about 0.5-1 hour gameplay for each case depends on difficulty.But takes longer time to catch a mastermind behind all this.
2.combat mini game are the only mini game main focus, some minigames failure will mostly fall into a combat minigame.
3.combat minigame the way to use items : F2 photo F3 Bugs ... F6 F7 F8 throwing explosive with different distance F9 plant traps...(where you cant find any information about how to use items)
for my skills I can only play difficulty 2 , difficulty 3 and 4 are nearly non human (because combat item using F2-F9 its too hard to handle). I loved this game when it was fairly new, and I still enjoy it, though I do wish it would be remade as a smoother product. This was from Sid, so you know it's solid. The gameplay is a spy themed game that is a cross between Pirates and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago? You stop plots that actually are going through actions, over time agents are activated, payoffs and equipment made. You can stop a plot by preventing key actions (if the assassin isn't paid, he ain't shooting anyone,) and using logic you can figure out the plots. The controls are slow, and the music and graphics are top notch for a game that is over 20 year old.. Extremely fun DOS game. Takes some getting used to if you didn't grow up pre-Windows.
The manual is essntial to learning how to even play the game, it's located in the installation folder.
This game takes a few hours to understand what's going on, and then it's just a matter of fiddling around and retrying the minigames.
I can see myself playing this game forever.. Before Splinter Cell, before “Metal Gear”, there was a game that felt like a true stealth/spy game: “Covert Action”. I bought this game when it first came out and it took up many weekends before my PC was upgraded from Dos to Windows.
You’re a secret agent who is tasked with uncovering and averting plots. You’ll travel to a lot of places, do wiretaps, break in and gather evidence, follow suspects and do some crypto. Arrest or “turn” hostile cell members until you finally capture their Mastermind.
There might even be a double-agent and false leads to filter through. And if the faction you’re targeting is not in your city’s listing, then break or wiretap their allies and get the location that way. This is one of those games where you have to actually think and remember. Keep a legal pan and pen on hand; you might need to jolt down a name or faction to look up in their computers to get a location.
Then rinse and repeat. Some might think it’s boring and one-note, but I never felt bored by it. There is enough variation that kept me from that.
This is one of those games that needs to be revisited and revised. The clock is constantly ticking and each false lead is time taken away as the plot is coming together.
The cryptography minigame is a real gem and was what got me interested in ciphers. Ever since, it pains me that such a minigame is never repeated in future “spy/stealth” games since.
Another game in the genre, overlooked and obscure, is “Floor 13”.
For a Dos game that was about ten megs, I have to wonder why the install files are nearing 200 megs. Weird. Of course, there is no remapping of keys. No mouse support (but still joystick, again, weird).. So much classic game fun, but don't expect to last past 6 hours.
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