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Chase HQ
Chase HQ
Programmer Jon O' Brien
Graphics Bill
© 1988 - Taito Corporation, 1989 Ocean Software
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Chase HQ
Reviewed by : Shaun Neary & Kevin Thacker Reviewed on : 2001-11-21

This is not a new review. It is a revamped review from the Kev and Spike archives. Original review date is 17/11/1995

Once again the crimelords are on the loose again, terrorising the cities and causing more trouble than Jack the ripper. The law must prevail, and it's up to you to send these guys back to where they came from. Now's your chance in Oceans classic conversion of the Taito coin-op Chase HQ. Tear the streets in your Porche and bust the bad guys in the comfort of your own living room (or bedroom or wherever you have your CPC). Ocean have handed us turkeys before, so is this one going to prove us wrong or will be this just be another one to be shoved in the drawer gathering dust. Neary takes Chase HQ for a test run.

Chase HQ
Taking the shortcut is never easy
Chase HQ

Lack of time, suffering tunnel vision.

Like I said earlier, you must burn up the road and catch the crims that appear on the computer in the HQ. Now heres where the action is! Starting your chase in the middle of nowhere you travel at top speed searching for the car that you must catch up with, and ram, ram, RAM until the car (his car, not yours) until it is a pile of crap that isn't worth collecting by the scrap merchant. This is not particularly easy, as your targets aren't fools. They will try their level best to slip away so that you can accidently smash into the lampost or roadsign that is at the side of the road. Smashing into objects at the side of the road or other cars, (innocent victims that will be caught in the chase) will not do your Porche any harm, but it will not do yor time limit any good either. You find this out when your friendly, sarcastic, receptionist reminds you of this when you are just about to run out of time.

She isn't much of help to you (especially when you've lost the game) But the fun of ripping into your opponents car is only starting to begin. At the beginning of every level, you are given three nitro boosts. If you use these wisely (ie: ram into an enemy car while you are doing 320mph!), you will inflict some major damage and possibly catch the crim. Also the airbourne patrol are on hand to make sure that everything runs smoothly. The first thing that you will notice is the speed of the car. This car moves so fast that if you blink, you might just crash. Is there a price to pay for the speed of the game? Nope! The graphics are done pretty well.

Chase HQ
On the chase, Car trashing time!

This was a surprise to me because of the machines limit, usually something would have to give. Loading time on the tape version is decent, multiloaded but not the worst multiloader ever. Disks are fine and extra bonus speeches and faster loading for 128k users. Ocean have done us proud and come up with a winner with Nancy and the boys at Chase HQ. The overall game is well executed, so well that you will need to have the phone handy. Why? Because you won't be leaving the CPC for a long time so dial the nearest pizza parlour, Blare the Def Leppard records, sit back, and enjoy!!

THE BOTTOM LINE:
Amazing graphics for the CPC, and FAST!
Sound effects are brilliant, speech for 128k users
Instant appeal, automatic addiction
Lack of music, but the game makes up for this.
THE END RESULT: 93%

Kev's Comment:
I want to find the programmer and hug him. This is a fantastic game. Great graphics, nice and fast, sound is simple enough, but the sampled effects are cool, and it is so damn playable. Amazing... play it now and you will never be able to cope with work again because you'll want to play this over and over again.

NVG Downloads
Title Type Language Title Screen Cheatmode Problems Upld Date Comments Launch Command
CHASE HQ Arcade game English Yes Yes No 28/11/2005 Includes 64K and 128K versions
Amstrad Action Reviews
ISSUE PUBLISHER MASTER/RAVE PRICE GRAPHICS SOUND GRAB
FACTOR
STAYING
POWER
OVERALL
54 Ocean Rave 9.99/14.99 91 85 87 70 90
76 Hit Squad 3.99 n/r n/r n/r n/r 87
External Reviews
Chase HQ @ CPC Reviews
Chase HQ By Malc Jennings @ CPC Zone

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