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Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Sunday, 23 March 2008

Games2 Gaze just opened their doors, is the company’s first game a hit or a miss? Read our review of Crime City to find out.

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Games2Gaze was launched in November 2007 by three university classmates and is based in Greece. Their first game ever is called Crime City, and of course we couldn’t keep our hands off this cops and robbers board game clone.

The background in Crime City (it would be wrong of me to actually call it a story) is that a city needs to deal with crime fast and rapidly. So they have created a mobile and responsive special police force that operates in their cars (I thought most cops already did that). Your job is to box in the robbers, thief, terrorist or whatever by using four or more patrol cars. In order to box the suspect in you need to block them in different intersections until they run out of open road.

Before each mission you are briefed on what vehicle to look out for, but there is usually only one or two other vehicles on the map so it’s not really a problem of keeping track of the suspects. The mission ranges from rolling hostage situations to stopping drug-dealers. On some missions you have to wait until you move your units in and make the bust.

Controlling the game is done using the mouse and is very similar to an RTS-game. You select a police vehicle and click on the spot where you want it. There is a handy mini-map where you can see all units out there and also the suspect. It’s possible to select units from the map but not move them by clicking on the map, frustrating.  It is also not possible to select several police vehicles at once, instead each individual vehicle has to be selected and moved.

Crime City includes some strange, a suspect’s car can pass a moving patrol car but not a stationary one, in real life the police would of course see the suspect and block the vehicle, but not in Crime City. Also it’s possible to have four police vehicles chasing a suspect and not one of them get the chased vehicle to stop until they are way in front of it in the next intersection.

The graphics in Crime City are isometric and has similarity to the Emergency Fighters for Life series. It’s not that great, the cars look like boxes and the props are kind of dull. The city itself isn’t very vibrant, that is there is no other traffic or people.

Crime City fits into the category of casual games nicely, it is easy to get started and at least fun for the first five or six levels. The game is however very repetitive, it isn’t always logical or realistic and the graphics could have been better. Game2Gaze is charging $19.99 for this game; there are lots and lots of other games out there that will buy you more fun and depth than Crime City.

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Related: Highway Pursuit, Emergency 2
Developer: Games2Gaze
Website for Game: http://games.tetrahedron.gr/crimecity/home.html
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows XP/Vista
Cost of Full Game: $19.99
Year of Release: 2008

Requirements:
N/A
Tested on:
Intel Core2Duo 1,86 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows Vista

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