Whoop Whoop, This is the Police!
You play as Jack Boyd, a 60-year-old cop on the verge of forced retirement, with nothing to show for his years of service but a friar tuck bald spot, a nagging mother-in-law, and kids who are about to bury him with college fees.
He’s tired, he’s angry and he’s got 180 days to set himself up for the future, any way he can.
Problem is he has to play by the rules, well sort of. In Boyd’s quest for his $500k retirement egg, Boyd can take bribes, cook the books, run guns or drugs, and indulge in all sorts of other criminal behavior. It can’t all be fun, Boyd still needs to stay on top of the day-to-day running of his force. Whether it be by assigning officers to jobs or helping detectives solve their case, and in turn allows usable character upgrades. The upgrades come from catching criminals, protecting the public and not getting killed on the job.
The Kickstarter describes the game as a “strategy/adventure,” it also says the focus is on “ensuring that everything that happens on the screen is an important part of the story. You won’t get bogged down with the numbers and the attributes of your units, and it’s not just a set of puzzles to solve. As you move from one event to the next, the city of Freeburg will change around you, in response to your actions. The story is not constrained by a particular genre or narrative format, so you can truly take part in the life of a desperate man trying to regain his self-esteem.”
This is the Police gets down to the nitty gritty of Police corruption. Some of the illustrations from Weappy indicate Police targeting individual heads of activist parties in order to shut the whole movement down. It also deals with very serious crimes as rapes, murders and even riots.
To wrap it up, This is the Police is a pretty nice time wasting game. I do feel however, that it would be best aimed at the mobile market as 180 days can fly by on PC. TITP It would be absolutely awesome on a tablet or large screen mobile. Plus, micro-transactions would of helped a little too.
All in all, pretty good game.
Also, Weappy have really hit on a good deal with Jon St. John voice acting as Boyd. For those who don’t know who he is “Its time to kick ass and chew bubblegum” Duke Nukem.