|Released in cartridge form
With a name like Secret Agent, I was expecting a Cloak & Dagger type
game with lots of shooting and fast paced action. What I got instead
was a Kaboom clone with a twist. Not exactly what I was hoping for,
but not a bad game either.
You play the part of. Umm. a little guy with a board across his head?
(a secret agent I suppose) as he attempts to catch the falling "spy booty"
from above. These items consist of money, suitcases, and little
capsules with US on them (I have no idea!). Now your thinking that
this is just a simple Kaboom rip off right? Well that's where you're
only sorta right. In Secret Agent you must also avoid the bad items
that will get your agent captured such as grenades, guns, and bugs (real
bugs!). This is fairly easy at first, but once the action picks
up it's more a matter of luck than skill.
After collecting enough items a tone will sound, this is
the signal that you must "make the drop off". Below your agent is
a lake with some boats moving about, you must line your agent up with
the boat and press the button to "hand off" the evidence. If you
successfully hit the boat you score bonus points, if you miss there doesn't
seem to be a penalty. At the top of the screen there is a guy with
a gun chasing after another guy. These guys don't seem to do anything
and appear to be eye candy.
Considering it's from Data Age (the people who brought
us Sssnake and Bugs!), Secret Agent is a pretty decent game. However
even with the slight twist Secret Agent can't escape the fact that it's
just a Kaboom rip off (which in turn was a rip off of Atari's Avalanche),
although it is a good one. Secret Agent was the last Data Age game
to be completed, but the crash forced them out of business before it could
be released. It's doubtful that an average game like this could
have saved a dying company, but at least it shows Data Age was starting
to get its act together. Now if only we could find Mr. T!
to 2600 Software