Beat Cop is an 80s Police Procedural Done in Pixel Art

BeatCop

Here’s a wonderful surprise gem from the indie buddy copy duo of Pixel Crow and 11 bit studios.

Beat Cop is a retro PC adventure that puts you in the role of Jack Kelly, a former New York City detective who has been framed for murder and demoted to a lowly beat cop. But that’s merely one of Jack’s problems, as the mafia wants to make him sleep with the fishes, his apparently not-so-loving wife is a “money sucking spawn from hell,” and his new boss is a total dick. And now he’s stuck writing tickets and working the beat on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Poor fella.

Underpinning everything is a dark sense of humor, non-linear story beats that lead to multiple endings, and the spirit of classic police procedurals. The announcement trailer is like a pixel art tribute to cop show hits like Columbo, Magnum P.I., Miami Vice, and Kojak.

Beat Cop will make donuts bleed sometime during 2016’s fourth quarter. Games Republic has opened exclusive pre-orders for a DRM-free special edition package containing the game along with the soundtrack and wallpapers for $14.99. The Steam page is also up for eager wishlisters.

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