Title APB Game Type General Action Company Tengen Players 1 Compatibility Not AGA? Submission Steve Cole Review My first memory of this game was not in it's Amiga form that we know and love but was infact as an arcade machine, in a pub in Weymouth, when on a family holiday at the age of about 9 or 10. A behemoth of an arcade unit decorated with pictures of cartoon police men and cars etc. with a steering wheel on the front of it!! The excitement! (I was only a nipper) Anyway, the game was played to death over the rest of the holiday until I was reluctantly prised away from it. About two years later whilst perusing the local Software shop, lo and behold I came across the Amiga version. Joy. The title of the game is the police abbreviation for All Points Bulletin and you play the role of a beleaguered police officer, none other than Officer Bob. You have to complete various missions apprehending the lowlifes of society, such nefarious types as litterers, honkers, right up to dopeheads. The games takes a birds eye view of proceedings, with your police car remaining the central point of the game. As a matter of fact , the appearance and feel of the game is very much like Grand Theft Auto on the Playstation, was it ripped off perhaps? :-) The method employed to nab suspects is by chasing them, positioning a cursor above their vehicle and pressing the siren. As levels progress you have to tag each criminal more and more times making for a fair difficulty curve. Once you have met your quota of crooks you must return to the station to receive a bonus. All this is of course done against the clock, which is very tight on you, especially so in the later levels. If you don't meet your quota in the time allowed it's back to the station to receive a telling off from the Chief of Police and, depending on how many objectives you failed to score, de-merits are added to your record. Once you get to twelve de-merits then its game over, accompanied by a cute animation of yourself being dragged from your car by the boss and dumped in a rubbish bin. This is actually very easy to achieve as de-merits can also be received for crashing your car, wrongful arrest and killing innocent bystanders, which are all painfully easy to do. The graphics are good for its age (it was released in 1991 by Tengen) and the sound is superb. There's some real cheesy music as the main theme to the game and the sound of the police siren is wonderful. Also, when you complete a mission successfully you are congratulated by the Chief saying "Thankyou very much, well done". As I said the feel of the game is very similar to GTA and the look is also close, and personally I feel this game has stood the test of time. It's fun, refreshing , and a mean challenge, but is not overly punishing, so extended replays beckon. Hell , I've been playing it for the last eight years!