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Crime Wave

DOS - 1990

Also available on: Amiga - Atari ST

Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in Spain, United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Crime, Law enforcement, Shooter
Publisher Access Software, Inc., U.S. Gold Ltd.
Developer Access Software, Inc.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.61
4.5 / 5 - 27 votes

Description of Crime Wave

Arcade-style action game by Access Software - very "inspired" (to put it mildly) by the coin-op game Narc. Nothing special, except that most of the blood-filled graphics are digitized - as done very often in Access Software's games of that time.

The plot is just there to window-dress the action part: the president's daughter is kidnapped, and it's up to you, "super crime fighter" Luke McCrabe to rescue her and save the day. Gameplay is simple 2D side-scrolling action, in which all you do is blast endless waves of baddies. Digitization is a technique that may be useful and attractive for adventure games, but for this kind of action game it just didn't work out-- everything looks very pixellated, cardboard-cutout, and people's movements are very jerky (imagine moving paper dolls around). The game is far too easy, too repetitive, and boring to watch. Even the action sequence in Dynamix' Rise of The Dragon is a lot more fun than this entire game.

Without a doubt, Crime Wave has the appeal of a cheap shareware game, and a low point in Access' long career. No wonder the company didn't return to the action genre at all after this Real Dog.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Squid 2020-11-29 -1 point

More pictures of gameplay and fewer pictures of the blonde in the cutscenes might be helpful ...

I M Huge 2020-02-13 6 points DOS version

I saved her and she rode my dragon.

Mr. Skidmarks 2014-11-04 3 points DOS version

This game was awesome back in the day!

CooperTeam 2014-09-03 2 points DOS version

Awesome game when it came out. One of the few games that didn't require a sound card if you didn't have one. Sadly, if you had a 486 machine or faster, you needed a patch.

The Greatest Man That Ever Lived 2014-04-28 2 points DOS version

I actually liked this better than NARC, at least graphically.. The cutscenes were awesome.

manuska 2011-03-14 3 points DOS version

i like this game. play it!

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