At this year’s PAX South I was introduced to a video game called Beat Cop, a point and click adventure where you play a cop on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Someone has framed you for a crime you didn’t commit, so now as a parking enforcement officer you must find more clues and figure out who the real guilty party is. All while doing your day job of handing out tickets and stopping other violations.
Beat Cop gives ultimate freedom to the player in the decisions they make and how their time is spent. Players can be choose the path of an outstanding and loyal officer for a department that doesn’t respect them, or could take the law into their own hands and contract their services to a local gang, while betraying the others. No matter what path you take, each decision comes with a consequence when the next day starts. This provides a highly replayable story with multiple endings.
You can tell from looking at Beat Cop that the game is reflective of the 1980s. The visual art style, quirky language, and synth imbued music, properly frame the game in its era.
Beat Cop was developed by Pixel Crow and published by 11 bit studios. It’s currently available for pre-order on PC, Mac, and Linux, through Humble Bundle, and will be playable on Steam later this year.
LAY DOWN THE LAW. ONE TICKET AT A TIME.
Being a beat cop is not a piece of cake, but you know what they say. When life gives you lemons…make a song about it.