APB - All Points Bulletin
Copyright/Publisher: Domark/Tengen, Produced By: Walking Circles, Coding By: Carleton Handley,
Music By: David Whittaker, Release Year: 1990, Genre: Racing Sports, Number Of Players: 1

A wacky game of cops and robbers... High speed chases, dangerous arrests and shoot outs all in crazy cartoon action. So let's be careful out there - Officer Bob is on the Beat!

The Game
APB - All Points Bulletin. Put your foot on the gas and let rip as you roar through the streets of the city in a series of hilarious and wild car chases.

Getting Started
You play the role of Officer Bob, a tough Cop in this challenging cartoon- style game, whole job is to partol the streets of the city and apprehend various criminals in your trusty Police Car. Each day you are given a quota of offenders who must be apprehended before the day is out to get a salary bonus and keep your job. These include litter louts, drunks and hitch-hikers. At times you'll recieve an All Points Bulletin on a particularly dangerous villain who must be tracked down and arrested.

Should you catch Side Sniper, Freddy Freak or any of the other master criminals, you must return them to the station for 'questoning'. If they confess, you can forget about your quota for the rest of the day. However, wringing a confession out of them is not easy, and you must be through before the Chief comes in. Waggle the joystick left and right as quickly as you can - a grid shows how fast you're going and how close the criminal is to confessing.

To arrest an offender, you must position the Steering Wheel Cursor over their car and switch on the siren. Continue to hold down the fire button for as long as you need the siren. Some criminals may ignore you the first few times you signal them to stop, depending on the severity of their crime. As the game progresses you can obtain a gun and shoot their cars, but don't hit any innocent bystanders. APB offenders must be rammed off the road and will not give themselves up without a fight.

If you collide with a vehicle while the siren is off, crash too hard or injure an innocent party, you'll get a Demerit point. You'll also get a Demerit for every offender you do not catch on your quota. Collect too many Demerits and you'll be fired.

Visit the drive-in Donut shop for extra time, pick up money bags to enhance your pay packet and stop off at Gas Stations to refuel. You can also visit the Speed Shop and buy extra equipment for your car including radar, armour, better brakes and faster acceleration. However, paying for a souped-up car will be difficult if you've failed in your daily quotas and not collected enough money.

Try to make a map of the city as soon as possible as it will help you get back to the police station when you've got all the criminals. Be daring, use both sides of the road to speed up your chase of the criminals, but watch out for any on-coming traffic.

Keep an eye out for the Donut shop as these are some of the many bonuses that can be found around the city, but be careful as you approach an A.P.B. for the first time as they may throw a stick of Dynamite at you!

On some highways are sets of roadworks, which have detour signals around them. You can only jump the ditch if you are going at high speed, otherwise you will crash, in addition be careful not to shoot innocent bystanders, or run over pedestrians as you will get 'Demerit Points'.

In fields beside the road you will find Donuts and money bags. The Donuts will give you extra time, but if you go over more than one in quick succession you will only get one lot of time. The money bags can give you a variety of bonuses from extra money to 'Demerit Erased' and 'Quota Met'. However, occasionally the money bags are booby-trapped by unscrupulous criminals, but the only way you can find out which is to pick one up...