developer: Mighty Morgan
publisher: HypeTrain Digital
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: common screen, players: 1-2
Police Stories is a PC tactical top-down shooter developed by Mighty Morgan as their debut project.
The game focuses on a story of two police operatives – John Rimes and Rick Jones, who specialize in high-risk police undertakings, such as infiltrating gang hideouts and releasing hostages.
The action is set in the 90’s in the United States of America. Instead of showing the realistic aspects of a law enforcement officers’ job, the developers took their inspiration from the 90’s cinema and TV series, depicting a gloomy and brutal life of policemen, who often have to bend the rules in the name of justice.
The PC release of Police Stories is a top-down shooter with a quite realistic gameplay – it takes only two to three shots to kill our protagonists, thus the players have to exercise caution and think on their feet.
As the main protagonists are police officers, they have to “play by the book”, thus the priority is to apprehend suspects without resorting to violence. This is where the dynamic AI system proves its worth, making each reaction of the criminals unique – some suspects will surrender at gunpoint; others require some additional persuasion in form of a warning shot; and some of them will fight to the death.
The player gets to control only one police officer, while the actions of their partner are dictated by the AI. The AI’s behavior can be modified by the orders given out by the player. The gameplay is even more thrilling thanks to the sightline system – our protagonists cannot see what is behind the closed doors until they open them. Moreover, criminals, hostages, and pieces of evidence are placed randomly within a location, making each playthrough unique and fresh.
The game offers an extensive single player campaign; nonetheless, each mission can be completed in a local or on-line co-op mode.
Police Stories features two-dimensional retro pixel art graphics. When designing the visuals, the developers drew their inspirations from the early 90’s video games released on PCs and Amiga computers.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.9 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 8800 or better, 100 MB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8.1