Total Recall Dud of the Month!

(Taito, 1992)

Introduction and Story:

Alright, I actually remember seeing this awesome game in the arcades here and let's play the rare Turbografx-16 version. Chase HQ is a unique driving game that has a cool idea to play as a couple of cops that chase down wanted criminals kinda like those classic cheesy TV shows like Miami Vice or Knight Rider. It sounds like a winner to me and the game starts off pretty well with some decent digital voices and a good description of the car you have to track down but then the actual driving game starts and that's where things start to fall apart.

The game play and bottomline:  
Chase HQ is really nothing more but a early Pole Position/Out Run style racer with this whole chase the crook thing tracked on so they don't get sued from other companies. Even though this game was released in 1992 (one year after the stunning F-Zero for example) the visuals are rather mediocre thanks to the flat buildings, a major lack of detail, and lousy 3D effects so don't expect this port to be arcade perfect.

Graphics aren't everything but the game play doesn't even measure up either. Imagine crashing in to the many other innocent but dumb drivers on the road while you constantly slow down and lose the jerk you're trying to hunt down in the first place. There are a bunch of speed boosts that can help out if they don't thrust your car into the side instead.

Don't get me wrong Chase H.Q. is a great idea; the arcade game is a lot of fun but in the end all we are left on the Turbo version is a stripped down game that comes with out dated visuals, very poor music, and bad controls that will have you cursing at the TV. Once you learn the game and avoid these other morons it isn't a long game since there is only 5 levels of the same old crap over and over. The game play sounds cool but the end result will just overly frustrate players and you'll be forced to chase down the lowlife that sold you this crap to began with.
Here is my weird 4 minute video review of Chase HQ too!



overall rating: 45/100
Find Chase H. Q. on eBay here!

For 1 player only

graphics: 4/10
sound: 3/10
gameplay: 6/10
replay: 4/10

(Ryan Genno) 2009

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