Play your own Police Stories – Free Alpha & Kickstarter

Police Stories is a top-down shooter with a difference. Rather than just moving your character (or team) around, gunning (or slashing) your way through hordes of enemies, Police Stories puts you in the role of a police officer and his partner – and yes, there is an online co-operative play option. The gameplay is as much about getting enemies to surrender as it is to gun down the bad guys. Here’s the official blurbage:

A fresh take on top-down shooters that puts an emphasis on tactics and forces you to make split second decisions. Rescue civilians, disarm and arrest criminals; and remember – shooting first is not an option.

The game has a retro look to it, but rather than going all the way back to the 8-bit era, Police Stories harks back to the age and power of the Commodore Amiga which gives it a somewhat unique look and feel in the indie game market. On top of this, the game has some quite cool features and more will be added if the Kickstarter campaign reaches its stretch goals:

  • The Surrender System allows you to apprehend the suspects without resorting to violence. Firing a warning shot near them or engaging in melee combat are just a few ways of how you can make them submit.
  • Issue commands to your partner, Rick Jones. Make sure to use him wisely – teamwork is, after all, the key to success. In addition, directing your partner boosts his accuracy and reflexes, so it’s better not to leave him on his own.
  • Randomly placed criminals, hostages and evidence make every new run feel unique.. Every time you restart the world around you changes, leading to new interesting situations and opportunities.
  • As a law enforcement officer, you will have access to end-of-the-line police equipment, including under door cameras, door blast charges and many others.
  • All your steps and actions are scored in real time . Playing rough won’t get you a result high enough to reach the next mission – so keep that in mind!
  • Local and Online Co-op . Completing levels with a friend sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?
  • With a full-scale Level Editor players all over the world can create thousand of amazing assignments.

Stretch Goals:

  • Destructible objects;
  • Arcade and Time Attack modes;
  • Extra levels and enemy types;
  • Destructible walls

This is certainly one to watch and the best part is that the Alpha version is available now for you to try. You can click here to download the Police Stories  alpha now. Give it a go and if you think it has potential – like I do – then head on over to the Kickstarter page and give it a pledge. $15 for the game on Windows or Linux through Steam. For $30, backers will also gain access to the closed beta which will run up until the game’s release at the end of the year. This beta is for the Windows version only, however.

Not a bad price at all! On top of this, the bulk of the development seems to have been done. It’s not often a game is playable before

The project currently has 24 days left to run and has raised over $7000 of their $25,000 base target. Here’s the announcement trailer and some screen shots to further whet your appetite.

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Source: Press Release
GS Blogger: WedgeDoc

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