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Beat Cop is a new 80s-themed crime sim that may be worth keeping an eye on - Beat Cop for PC News

Ever wanted to patrol the New York streets as a bobby on the beat? Then Beat Cop could be the game for you.

Currently in development at indie studio Pixel Crow, Beat Cop puts players in control of Jack Kelly, a former detective who has been framed for murder, and who must uncover the truth while arresting criminals, writing tickets and keeping the peace.

The game features a retro, pixel art style and an 80s-themed soundtrack, a taste of which you can get in the trailer below.

"New York, more like a beast than a city," reads the game's description. "Explore its darkest corners and uncover its secrets as Jack Kelly, a former detective who has been framed for murder. Degraded and forgotten by old pals, it’s your last chance to find the truth. The thing is, your new boss treats you like shit, your wife is a money-sucking spawn from hell, and the local mafia wants your head on a plate. I guess you could say that things are complicated down here.

"Oh, and don't forget about writing tickets, reprimanding pedestrians and such. You’re a beat cop, after all."

The game promises a non-linear story with multiple endings, "the essence of 80s cop shows" and "humour your mum wouldn't approve". And who knows, this could be one of those indie games that's remembered in the same breath as games like Papers, Please and Her Story.

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