Reviewed by Joseph Benbella for TheOmegaNerd
Beat Cop is the first game from developer Pixel Crow and was released on March 30th, 2017 on Steam. The game follows along officer Jack Kelly, an officer who is framed of murder and robbery and who has been demoted to the role of a regular street patrol officer. The game is as advertised, you play a police officer patrolling a street and looking out for anything that may go against the law. At first the premise sounds dull and admittedly was a bit to swallow in a time in which high quality triple A titles seem to be owning the console space, but I found Beat Cop to be a fun time waster in the same vein as Papers, Please. The pixelized artwork is pretty to look at and the sound design, albeit a bit simple, really does a great job at placing you on a busy city street. Your primary job is to keep the peace, which is consistent of checking expired parking meters, arresting thieves, or fixing a number of incidents which occur in your jurisdiction. Something I really enjoyed about the game is the amount of freedom it gives you in allowing you to determine what type of cop you might what to play. Do you want to bring honor to the city and be a hard ass on anyone who expects to get away with even the pettiest crime? Or are you going to turn the other cheek and allow some “external” entities to remain in control of their territories? The decisions made by the player in Beat Cop does result in a variety of endings, so it really matter in how one decides to play the game. In addition, the street you work on starts to feel like it is something of your individualized touch, as citizens and business owners begin to become more familiarized with you and learn your personality through the type of work that you do.