Beat Cop Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Beat Cop by Pixel Crow and 11 Bit Studios. I received a copy of the game from the Evolve Terminal for review/video purposes but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Beat Cop is a combination of point and click adventure game and a police based simulation game. The game is inspired by 80’s cop shows and it doesn’t take itself seriously at all. It’s also filled with a ton of adult humor so it’s definitely not intended for children.
You take on the role of Kelly, a former private investigator who’s taken the fall after a thief steals diamonds from a senator. Kelly is demoted to a police officer and must find out who stole the diamonds all while watching out for his life because people want him dead. He doesn’t know who but he must find out and he’ll need to be careful who he angers because he might find himself dead, in more ways than one.
The game takes on a sort of episodic stance that is split into days on duty. Each day is unique to Kelly and you’ll be given new objectives to complete on each day. The objectives you must complete become more difficult as the days go on as well. Kelly will have to deal with things as they pop up including robberies, prostitutes, drug dealers, and various missions from the Mafia and the Crew.
At the end of each day Kelly’s stats are tallied based on what occurred during the day. His reputation among the Police, Crew and Mafia will increase or decrease based on the actions of Kelly. Having a very low reputation in any of the factions will mean bad news for Kelly so it’s a good idea to not anger them all the time. Performing missions for each faction will increase your reputation but failing to complete said missions will result in negative reputation. Another thing you’ll need to keep an eye out for is the general people’s feelings towards you. You’ll be able to increase people’s thoughts of you by completing certain missions. Sometimes taking a bribe will also increase people’s view of you.
One of my favorite parts of this game is the beautiful pixel art style. The game is very detailed and the street that Kelly patrols is quite gorgeous to look at. Kelly can also enter any of the stores and apartments on his block. Each store has it’s own background noise to compliment them. As an example, the diner has football (American) commentary in the background. I also really like the music in the game which has a very catchy beat to it.
While on patrol Kelly has various duties that he can perform. This includes giving out tickets for parking violations, tires, and lights. He can check a vehicle’s lights and tires, if it’s tires are completely bald or show signs of wear, it’s ticket time. If their lights have a hole in them, it’s also ticket central for them. After giving out a ticket to a vehicle you can have it towed away afterwords by calling it in on Kelly’s radio. There will also be times when the owner of the vehicle will try to bribe you and you’ll be able to choose whether to accept or reject it.
Overall, Beat Cop is one of the best police themed games that I’ve played since L.A. Noire. It’s highly addicting and seeing the different outcomes to each day is great. The game won’t be something everybody will like but if you’re looking to get away from being criminals all the time, and have fun doing it, then Beat Cop is definitely a great option. I highly recommend this one.
Thanks for taking the time to watch my videos and read this review folks. I’ll be back with another review soon. Until then, happy gaming folks!
-Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
Features of Interest
- Gorgeous Pixel Art
- Great Music
- Very Addicting Gameplay
- Lots of Replayability
- Lots of Adult Humor
- Some of the Humor can be A bit Stereotypical/offensive
- Definitely Not For Children
- Can Get A Bit Repetitive Seeing The Same Street Over and Over Again