Police ‘Em Up Beat Cop Announced

Long before they spawned a SWAT FPS spin-off, Sierra’s Police Quest games were big on police procedure, often with deadly consequences if you didn’t play by the book. Beat Cop [official site], an adventure game announced today and due to launch at the end of this year, may let players write tickets and tow cars but… I wouldn’t get your hopes up for obsessive procedure. Inspired by ’80s cop shows (not the most formal, that lot), Beat Cop is about a former detective framed for murder and busted down to a beat, trying to clear his name. Might be an interesting one, this.

From the looks of things, your cop will be walking a beat, keeping an eye open for crimes, then whipping out his ticket book, radio, handcuffs, or gun when needed, picking up clues and threads of the plot along the way. Supposedly the story is nonlinear and has multiple endings.

At this point, with only screenshot, a mood-setting trailer, and colourful copywriting to go on, it’s hard to separate marketing from what the game might be. But nonlinear beat-patrolling and a nonlinear story sound pretty fun to me. I do like the skeuomorphic belt interface too. Fingers crossed that it’ll give freedom to play a nice and clean cop?

Beat Cop is due on Windows, Mac, and Linux towards the end of this year, some time from September onwards. It’s made by Pixel Crow, and published by This War of Mine devs 11 Bit Studios.


  1. rondertaker says:

    “Fingers crossed that it’ll give freedom to play a nice and clean cop?”

    i dunno doesn’t look like a fantasy game

    • rabbit says:

      even if it did turn out to be a fantasy game… as a genre, fantasy tends to be successful when it contains believable real life parallels. not when it’s just silly.

  2. sicanshu says:

    A detective is convicted of murder. His punishment? Temporary demotion. Assuming this takes place in the States, that’s an eerily realistic premise.

    • Kestrel says:

      You’re a loose cannon, sicanshu!

      • sicanshu says:

        You gotta ask yourself one question, Kestrel, “Do I feel lucky?” Well? Do ya? Punk!

        • Kestrel says:

          That’s it! Three weeks’ suspension!

          • Turkey says:

            Come on, Kestrel. We may be reckless, but we get results, dammit!

          • sicanshu says:

            You can take my badge and gun, but I’m still gonna get the bastards that did this. He was my partner, dammit, and he only had two weeks til retirement!

          • Skabooga says:

            “All I know is, when I see seven weirdos stabbing a man to death in broad daylight, I shoot the bastards.”

          • FeloniousMonk says:

            Macklin, you son of a b***h….

        • Shakes999 says:

          I can’t tell if you’re playing by the rules or not!

  3. Kohlrabi says:

    The description sounds a bit like Westerado, which was cute, but ultimately underwhelming. I hope this one will have more depth and replay value.

  4. Benratha says:

    When I saw the first picture I actually thought of ‘Papers Please’, but the video does not give the same ‘vibe’.