Percentile Rank

Beat Cop is ranked in the 48th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

32%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameOctane
B
B
May 17, 2019

Overall I enjoyed Beat Cop. Many people complained about its repetitiveness but you're playing a cop, which job is fairly repetitive, hell most simulations are 'wash then repeat' type game. Though sure it did feel a bit tasking, it wasn't a game killer for me, there were other things going on to distract me from it being boring. With it being $14.99 base cost, this is something you want to keep watch on.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 28, 2017

I've played it for so damned long, and have just run out of patience with it, and absolutely do not care any more about the arc story. It's taken so long to go anywhere, crawling along every few days of play, and just isn't compelling at all.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
May 1, 2017

Like Police Quest meets Papers, Please on a grim day.

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Scored Reviews

Impulsegamer
5 / 5.0
Impulsegamer
Scott De Lacy

Top Critic

5 / 5.0
Mar 14, 2019

Beat Cop is a game that still works and it works well!

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Digital Chumps
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2017

Sadly I didn't put much time into "Beat Cop". While the game is amazing in its detail and design, the game actually starts to feel like a job! I can attribute this mostly to my own taste and opinion. I can still appreciate some of the nuance this game offers. I think "Beat Cop" deserves an 8.5 for being strong enough to captivate anyone who craves good character development and witty dialogue.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2017

As another beat draws to a close, I take a break to wrap up this review. I’m hooked on this simple, but loveable title. While I’m still itching for a realistic police title, I’m pleased with how more games about law enforcement fiction are appearing in the last year or so, and Beat Cop sits at the top of the pile in terms of enjoyment.

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GamePitt
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2019

If you’ve ever wanted to live out the corruption, guilt-trip ridden, and hard work of an ’80s cop, Beat Cop is for you. It’s a simulation encased in a tale of murder, smut, comedy, and the mafia – pretty much all in a days work for an America cop thirty years ago! Sure, your main role is going to be parking violations, but your case isn’t going to solve itself, is it?! With its ’80s soundtrack, detailed pixel art design, and very dark humour, Beat Cop is a very original and challenging game where you must juggle police corruption and bribes around your wife’s alimony and the money you need for your mistress to relieve your stress! Great for short bursts or long sessions (so is the game…).

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COGconnected
84 / 100
84 / 100
Mar 5, 2019

All in all, this is a great homage to 1980’s cop shows that shouldn’t be missed.

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Daily Star
Mar 23, 2019

The witty writing and unique premise still make Beat Cop a street worth investigating. It has plenty of questions to post on morality (just how far would you push your agenda on the people that look up to you?) but makes it silly and accessible enough to never become too dire. Its a riot, and well worth a routine inspection.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2017

Beat Cop is a quiet little indie game and punches way above its weight in terms of presentation, theme, and fun.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 30, 2017

A few bugs aside, Beat Cop is a highly engrossing and addictive adventure, a cross between classic ’80s action and routine cop duty that makes for some extremely interesting gameplay as you get sucked in and even get attached to everyone in your little part of Brooklyn. Proper management and investigation skills are rewarded with satisfying results and advancements in various intriguing narratives, and the gameplay is the kind that’s enjoyably simple to learn and fun to work with.

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Softpedia
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2019

While the controls may not be the best, the story and dialogue stay the same, and if that's what you're in for, then that will just be a minor oversight.

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The Games Machine
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2017

Beat Cop is an intriguing and entertaining re-imagining of the police TV shows of the ’80s, with a clever design, some action and lot of choices for the player. There are always too many things to do, and too little time to do them, and as any real cop knows, boredom is part of the process.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 5, 2017

A wild game that manages to retain all the glamour of the 80's while being still funny and deep. Maybe it may have some technical flaws, but still works.

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PSX Brasil
75 / 100
75 / 100
Mar 14, 2019

Beat Cop makes good use of its inspiration and brings an interesting adventure in a New York from the 80's. Entering the underworld of the police, gangs and mafia is fun, even though the excessive repetition ends up harming part of the experience.

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PlayStation Galaxy
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

If sometime before you wanted to be a cop, this is the game to have! You get to realize that it’s not all justice and donuts in the force. I love how this game downplays their dark humor. This is something your mother will not like to hear. These characters don’t talk anyway. It’s really just a short-lived gameplay where completion will only take around 7-10 hours at best. Unless you want to end every single game day as perfect as you could, then you might finish the game a little later. The Story itself is quite slow but it is intriguing enough to endure.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2019

Much like the setting that inspires it, Beat Cop is crass, dirty and morally reprehensible at times. Though it certainly isn't for everybody, there is a certain attraction that Beat Cop exudes which has you coming back, time and again, to its grimly framed world of corrupt cops, jobsworth toil and pressure-based strategy.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 13, 2019

All in all, Beat Cop serves well as a Police sim, although that aspect of the game grows stale as time goes on.

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DVS Gaming
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 4, 2017

My final score reflects that it is a well-designed game. It succeeds in what it sets out to do. If you like or dislike time management, the 80's or any of the other things I mentioned then feel free to add or subtract a few points to the score.

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Pixelophobia
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2019

Beat Cop is quite unique take on policeman's work. This 2D action drama seems to ba a cross between Brooklyn 99 and Retro City Rampage. But on a small scale. One street scale.

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PC Gamer
65 / 100
65 / 100
May 10, 2017

Half enjoyable adventure, half clunky mess, Beat Cop is a talented rookie in need of a long talk with HR.

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God is a Geek
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2019

Beat Cop is a relentless time management game where writing tickets and arresting perps is set against a background of sleaze and corruption.

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Jump Dash Roll
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 13, 2019

Not quite an arresting adventure, but there's some cop genre fun to be had if you can stand the outdated attitudes.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 12, 2019

Beat Cop is a strong effort to create a compelling police-themed adventure.

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COGconnected
60 / 100
60 / 100
Apr 5, 2017

Beat Cop drew its own chalk outline and willingly laid inside it.

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FNintendo
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 11, 2019

Beat Cop delivers the experience of a 1980s-style police action movie, with heavy doses of irony and unreal comedy added on top of it. The result is a game that is fun and a marvel to look at, even if some of its elements can get confusing and repetitive at times.

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FingerGuns
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 17, 2019

I feel like this is the kind of game I should have picked up for the PC after all and just powered through, or even for the Switch. It feels like a game I want to chip away at over time rather than sit in front of my sofa and devote hours of my attention to it in one go. The story is good though the gameplay can feel a little flat at times and given the fact you can fail so easily just by taking the orders of the game, it can feel somewhat disjointed.

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GameSpew
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2019

Grab Beat Cop if you’re looking for something very easy to learn and don’t mind a bit of mind-numbing repetition. But if you’re looking for something with a rich story and replayability, you’d better look elsewhere.

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GamingTrend
50 / 100
50 / 100
Apr 13, 2017

Beat Cop is meant to be a tribute to cop shows from the 1980s, complete with snarky dialogue and questionable characters. When it comes down to it, however, it's a stressful sim that's heavy on time management and largely unforgiving. There are multiple endings you could discover, but after several hours with the game it's hard to muster the patience for even one.

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Without the Sarcasm
Apr 9, 2017

Beat Cop has its fun moments – patrolling the streets and meeting ticket quotas might not sound entertaining, but there’s a certain zen to it. However, Beat Cop is full of missteps, from its odd, juvenile/racist tone to the plethora of bugs that plague it.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 12, 2019

Beat Cop is one perp that's best approached with caution.

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Thumb Culture
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2019

Overall, I think Pixel Crow has put together a fun game that reminds me very much of the game Papers Please! In the way, it handles challenges and time management. Could it be better? Definitely, and it wouldn’t take that much to improve either. Remove some of the jokes and perhaps include a bit more of a variety of characters and don’t paste the cultural stereotyping on so thick.

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