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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.
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.
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.
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…).
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.
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.
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.
Review in Italian | Read full review
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.
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.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
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.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
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.
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.
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.
Review in Polish | Read full review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.