Video Games

Preview: Beat Cop

by on August 5, 2016

Beat Cop takes you back to the 80’s and injects you directly into the life of police drama. Ever felt like being that cop in your favorite retro police show? Well now you can. Set in New York city, you are a beat cop patrolling the streets putting a stop to all crimes while potentially taking a bribe or two.

This game is currently still in development at indie studio Pixel Crow. This retro adventure puts you in the life of Jack Kelly, an ex-detective who has been framed for murder. Degraded and forgotten by old friends, you need to uncover the truth. Problem is your life is full of drama. Your boss treats you like shit and you wife is a money sucking spawn of the devil while the mafia wants your head. I guess this is just a normal day in the 80’s for a beat cop in Brooklyn.

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In this non-linear story with several potential endings you have one goal, to uncover the truth, arrest criminals, write tickets and well … being a beat cop. For those who feel nostalgic, you will truly enjoy the retro pixel art style and 80’s sound track, and anyway this game is as advertised, “The essence of 80’s cop shows”, “The humor that your mom would not approve”.

While playing the game, I truly felt that this should have been available on Game Boy back in the days. It fits the addictive, gameplay bio perfectly. The copy-writing in this game is epic. Definitely not PG rated with a lot of back handed donuts-eating police jokes.

The controls are fairly simple. All you need is your mouse and clicking. Everything is done through that. Your character has a stamina bar which you need to keep an eye on otherwise you can miss your objective by a fraction of a second. The rest, well is really straight forward. You examine a car meter, if it is expired you write a ticket. If you want to add extra salt to the wound, you can always radio you in a tow truck. Other than arresting and writing tickets, the story is fun to follow. Every now and then, someone will want to talk to you, the Italian mafia, the Jews …etc and each conversation unfolds a part of the truth.

Beat Cop launch worldwide by Q4 of 2016, and it will be only available on PC via Steam and . These impressions were only based on an early access preview code provided to the writer by 11 Bit Studios. You can preorder the game right now on the developer own’s store. This preview was done on a PC running a Windows 10 Home, Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor set at 2.60 GHz, 4 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M and 16GB of DDR3 Ram.

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