March 30, 2017
11 bit studios
Dirty Harry, Miami Vice, and Lethal Weapon. These are just some of the influences of Beat Cop, a game by developed by Pixel Crow and Published by 11 bit studios. It’s slated to release at the end of this year and is hoping to deliver a game that will touch your 80’s cop nostalgia. So go on, make my day, and subscribe for more videos like this in the future.
Someone has framed you, but no one at the department gives a damn. Busted down to being a Beat Cop, Officer Kelly is left to be a virtual meter maid on a street in Brooklyn. Your mission is to find out who framed you and why, investigating as much as you can while maintaining your quota in order to keep your job, pay your ex-wife, and still afford your other bills. The game is heavily influenced by late 70’s, early 80’s cop shows & movies like Miami Vice and Dirty Harry and the banter between your fellow brothers in blue is priceless.
As you start each day, you receive orders as to what your quota will be. This may include writing x amount of tickets for parking meter violations, poor tire condition, catching petty thieves, and more. As the clock ticks away when you start your beat, you must manage your time wisely to ensure you not only reach your quota, but interact with the locals to build relations, find out more clues about who framed you, and complete various side missions to earn extra cash.
The game introduces various mechanics to include social ratings with citizens, the police force, and more that are influenced by your behavior on the street. Do you accept a bribe to fill your pockets and let someone off the hook without a ticket? Will you help a little girl find her lost cat instead of watching for shoplifters? These actions will either help or hurt your relations with various groups, and in turn could make your lifer easier or harder as your try to uncover more about the mystery surrounding who framed you.
There is a lot of humor throughout and overall seems to be a very enjoyable experience. Though we currently only have access to the first week of Officer Kelly’s time, you are able to get a great feel for how the game will play and its quite enjoyable, despite the possibly poor depiction of the idea of a point & click adventure game involving you writing tickets may be.
Visually the guys at Pixel Crow did a GREAT job. Now, I may be a bit biased as I am a huge sucker for pixel art as you guys know if you’ve followed me for a while, but truly I feel there is just enough detail to really give you an idea of the world around you. The characters in the police station at each morning meeting are VERY well done and detailed out, while your day to day gameplay is much lower resolution. However this pixelated style really contributes to the feeling of this old-school 80’s cop feeling and I quite enjoyed it.
The audio is on point as well in various parts of the game. The whole intro sequence plays a terrific track that just fits perfectly into the theme of the stereotypical cop show from the 80’s. There is a lack of voice acting in the current build, though I don’t know if there will be any in the final release. The general day to day ambience helps add to the experience of walking up and down a city street, but currently I felt there was just something missing from the daily routine, like a background track or something other than the sound of sirens and cars driving by. Again, this is an early preview build so there very well could be more in the future as we do hear some music in various menus, but at the moment it seems a little lackluster.
Replayability is something hard to determine currently. I only had access to the first 7 days of Officer Kelly’s life of a Beat Cop, and therefore cannot say for certain how much would be left to come back to or how much would change. I do know, however, the developers are promising a non-linear story with multiple endings. Additionally, I have experienced various side-quests / missions appear on the street that you can either try to get to, or miss out on depending on how well you have been managing your time. This leads me to believe that overall, there will be a reason to play again. Even if it’s just to see multiple endings, the game is enjoyable enough that I would want to play it after the first full clear.
Overall, I really can’t wait for Beat Cop to come to full release. You just gotta ask yourself, “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya? Personally, I would highly recommend placing it on your wish list and keep an eye out for updates as the developers give us more and more information on what the final game will hold. Between the fun dialogue, great 80’s nostalgia, and overall gameplay definitely make me want to come back for more, and I know when the full release comes, I’ll be wanting to play through to see what different endings I can find. I’ve been WeiseGamer, this was my first impressions of Beat Cop, a game again, slotted to release at the end of this year. Thank you and I hope you enjoyed.
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