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  • genre simulation / action / espionage
  • download size 13 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 152 user ratings.
  • release date June 3, 1990
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.7.0 or newer) and Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher MicroProse / Tommo
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • player aid card
  • manual (English)
  • manual (German)
  • tech supplement and quick reference quide

What's cool about it:

  • Take on the role of CIA agent Maxine "Max" Remington or her male counterpart, Maximillian.
  • Travel to over 45 cities on 3 continents.
  • Enjoy unlimited number of cases to solve.
  • Infliltrate buildings, break codes, unravel plots and sub-plots! Decide which leads to follow, and which to ignore.


Award-winning game designer Sid Meier takes us around the globe with special agent Max Remington to challenge international threats, and neutralize shadowy schemes of terrorism, smuggling, and extortion.

Tap phone lines, crack complex codes, defeat computerized defense systems. Track suspects around the globe as you put together the pieces to a worldwide criminal plot. A seasoned veteran of modern, high-tech undercover operations, Remington always obeys the two main rules of Covert Action: 1. Use your intelligence. 2. If Rule One fails, use your other weapons.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
Minimum system requirements (Linux): Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17, Processor: 2.0 GHz, Memory: 1 GB RAM, Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, OpenGL compatible

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Fun game, could be an interesting remake

Posted on 2014-01-24 10:29:06 bymmicale's avatarmmicale:

Covert Action is a fun game that is played in timed cases that take around 30 minutes to 1 hour each to complete (whether or not you complete the stated objectives). Gameplay is similar to Pirates! with self-directed modes of play. You can perfect one skill that will work in multiple cases (such as cryptography) or diversify your skill set to keep the game fresh and more The game uses simple controls that can be learned quickly.
Each case, whether ultimately solved or not, end with a detailed debriefing. Your status after the case ties to your performance in solving it. You can end up in many fun and humorous situations such as being the stud (or fox) of the office or washing your clothes in a laundromat. All case ending images are gender specific since you can play as either Max or Maxine.
Sid admits that the game tried to be a bit too much and that a narrower focus could have led to an even better game. Ironically, this game was ahead of its time when released but its enjoyment today will be aided by your ability to accept older sound and graphics.
I really enjoyed Covert Action upon its release and still sometimes give it a go today. For me, as with many of Sid's excellent games, the most enjoyable aspect is knowing that your actions constantly are being watched and evaluated and that you'll be presented with an analysis of each case upon completion. I recommend this game if it sounds like your cup of tea.

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Awesome genremix I still like to play today

Posted on 2014-01-24 06:46:50 bysonkhawk's avatarsonkhawk:

I really wonder why there has not been a Kickstarter-campaign or any other attempt to re-release this timeless classic. No other game until today has been able to make such a great genremix out of a spy story: collecting clues, breaking into buildings, placing wire taps, car chases, shootouts, safe-cracking, computer-hacking,... you name it, Covert Action has it!
Be willing toread more read the manual, though. The controlls are rather un-intuitive and cannot be re-configured. But once you played the game for some ours, it just flows!
No comment on the grafiks. It has not even been a beauty on release date.

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One of the few games from the early 90ies which I still have

Posted on 2014-01-26 15:53:08 byKiwaTonuMatou's avatarKiwaTonuMatou:

I dug this out again just about 12 months ago for another play-through, and it's certainly still one of my favorites, never-mind it being far and wide the only one of its kind. That said, it suffers from what Sid Meier admitted himself as one of his biggest mistakes: it mixes two games (genres), and does a bad job about it - the break-and-enter element can basically replace allread more other elements of the game (hacking, decoding, shadowing...) and so is rather unbalanced. It is upon the player to not abuse this ;)
I wonder whether they fixed the endgame crash in the version here?

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