DESPITE what Tengen might try to tell you, APB doesn't stand for All Points Bulletin. It is an acronym for Atrocious Plastic Box, for such is its package. This box is cunningly designed to crease or tear the instructions while dumping the disc on the floor. It is also guaranteed not to close properly. Me and it don't see eye to eye. Packaging notwithstanding APB is a slightly ageing coin-op which is still to be found lurking in university games rooms and other dens of iniquity.
Basically, you control Officer Bob in his adventures as a US traffic cop. He's fairly typical as traffic cops of the American persuasion go, in that his car runs on doughnuts and he runs on petrol. Hang on, reverse that. And spell it donut. Might as well get into the spirit of the thing.
Office Bob's life is made a misery both by petty criminals like litterbugs and dangerous criminals like dope dealers and snipers. But worst of all, there never seem to be enough donuts out there to keep a man happy.
You gain a demerit if you do a wrongful arrest. Too many demerits and you're trash. Literally. Every day you must capture your quota of wrongdoers or face the wrath of the sergeant, who's really a nice man when you're in his good books, but isn't when you're not. It would be a very humdrum existence, just ticketing litter louts, and perhaps finding time for the odd donut or seven. That's where APBs come in.
If there's a special criminal to be caught you are told at the briefing at the start of the day - Hill Street Blues fans will warm to this - where the criminals are and what they're driving.
If you manage to find the criminals and ram them off the ram them off the road you get the chance to have the rest of the day off, provided you can get a confession out of the scumballs. You do this by using the age-old police technique of "Er, he must have fell down the stairs guv", being careful that guv doesn't find out.
The actual police brutality bit is a standard left-
Arcade APB had a huge hi-res monitor - Walking Circles has done a neat trick on the Amiga by overlaying the score bar on the overscanned scrolling area, thereby getting a large display, much, much larger than the ST (hawk, spit) version.
It's very fast and handles similarly to the arcade original. The graphics are good - maybe a little drab for the ultra-
For once, fans of the arcade machine - and that includes me - can feel right at home. It's not much of a stretch of the imagination to say that it's identical. To use those mortal words from the thankfully deceased series, The Interceptor: "I like it, Mikey!"