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Beat Cop (2018) is a police crime drama where you have been framed for murder. Back on the street, you navigate the pixilated 80’s Miami Vice world to find out who did it. Your approach and decisions matter. Will you go in with the mafia or stay straight? Your choices determine the narrative and ultimate ending. It's set in New York and inspired by police shows from the 80s. Expect a lot of dark humour and complex crime drama.

It's the same developer as This War of Mine. But this is more tongue-in-cheek than that game. It revels in the era, which means it includes the language, culture and ethics of the time. While This War of Mine was heartbreaking to play, Beat Cop challenges morality with over the top (and at times inappropriate) humour. This ensures it never becomes too worthy or woke and is an unusual way to approach the issues of the era by stepping into that world.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Beat Cop 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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This is an Adventure game with Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

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Content Rating

PEGI 18 with glamorisation of the use of illegal drugs. Player’s character, Jack Kelly, can buy, courier, sell and deliver drugs. He is rewarded with in-game dollar currency for doing so. The game also contains the frequent use of the sexual expletive ‘*!@?*’ and derivations of the word.

Sexual encounters with prostitutes can occur regularly, although nothing is seen after the initial meeting, the text descriptions can be very graphic. There is also the occasional use of terms that are regarded as offensive and discriminatory but fall short of words likely to encourage hatred.


Beat Cop usually costs £11.49.

Beat Cop

Steam Store PC £11.49
Steam Store Mac £11.49
PlayStation Store PS4 -
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/11/2018, updated in 2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 5 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels

Developer: Px Crow (@PxCrow)

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