Chase H.Q.


The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Taito Corp. [Japan]

[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

Chase H.Q. © 1988 Taito Corp.

A single player takes on the role on an undercover cop and gets behind the wheel of a custom Porsche in this Miami Vice-inspired racer from Taito. The player has 60 seconds to catch up to the criminal and then a further 60 seconds to ram his car until it is too damaged to drive.

Like Sega's seminal "Out Run", Chase H.Q. features forked junctions offering players a choice of routes; in this game, however, the route selected is merely a temporary diversion and dictates how quickly the criminal is caught up with. The player's Porsche is equipped with a limited number of turbo boosts which, when used, push the car to incredible speeds - at the expense of control. The turbos must be used wisely if the player is to have a chance of capturing the criminal before the time limit expires.

Chase H.Q. was arguably the first sprite-scaled racer since Sega's legendary "Out Run" - released 2 years' earlier - to truly capture the gaming public's imagination. The game consists of 5 levels.
Chase H.Q. machine
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Taito Z System hardware
Prom Stickers : B52

Main CPU : (2x) Motorola 68000
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2610

Players : 1
Control : Steering wheel + 2 Pedal
Buttons : 2
Chase H.Q. was released in November 1988.

The names main characters of chase H.Q. are as follows...
The Caucasian cop : Tony Gibson
The African-American cop (A.K.A. Mr. Driver) : Raymond Broady
Chase H.Q.'s Dispatcher : Nancy (she doesn't have a last name)

The main player's car (the black Porsche) makes an appearance in the spin-off to the Chase H.Q. series : "Crime City".

Brian Kuh holds the official record for this game with 3596680 points on June 1, 2006.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Syvalion : G.S.M. Taito 3 - D28B0014) on March 21, 1989.
The Japanese version has different voices.
1. Chase H.Q. (1988)
2. S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation (1989)
3. Super Chase - Criminal Termination (1992)
4. Ray Tracers (1997, Sony PlayStation)
5. Chase H.Q. 2 (2007)
Game Designer : Hiroguki Sakou
Game Programmers : Takeshi Ishizashi, Takeshi Murata, Kyoji Shimamoto
P.C.B Designer : Masahiro Yamaguchi
Sound Designers : Yoshio Imamura, Naoto Yagishita, Eikichi Takahashi, Fumiaki Imaoka
Music Composer : Takami Asano
Cabinet Designer : Nobuyuki Iwasaki
Proposer : Yoshiharu Suzuki
Special Thanks : Junji Yarita, Kazuya Mikata, Atsushi Iwata


Nintendo Famicom japan (December 8, 1989) [Model DTF-H9]
NEC PC-Engine japan (January 26, 1990) "Taito Chase H.Q. [Model TP02006]"
Nintendo Game Boy europe (1991) "Chase H.Q. [Model DMG-HQ-NOE]"
Sega Master System europe (1990) "Chase H.Q. [Model 7038]"
Sega Game Gear japan (March 8, 1991) "Taito Chase H.Q. [Model T-11017]"
Nintendo Game Boy japan (January 11, 1991) "Taito Chase H.Q. [Model DMG-HQJ]"
Sega Saturn japan (August 9, 1996; "Chase H.Q. Plus S.C.I. [Model T-1105G]")
Nintendo Game Boy japan (February 28, 1997) "Taito Variety Pack [Model DMG-AVPJ-JPN]" : Game Boy version
Nintendo Game Boy Color europe (2000) "Chase H.Q.: Secret Police"
Nintendo Game Boy Color japan (May 26, 2000) "Taito Memorial: Chase HQ [Model DMG-AH9J]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (March 29, 2007) "Taito Memories II Gekan [Model SLPM-66713 (TCPS-10183)]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (June 26, 2008) "Taito Memories II Gekan [Eternal Hits] [Model SLPM-55018]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] japan (August 26, 2008) PC-Engine version
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] europe [AU] (September 5, 2008) TurboGrafx version


Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1988)
Amstrad CPC europe (1989)
Commodore Amiga europe (1989)
Atari ST europe (1989)
Commodore C64 europe (1990)
Sharp X68000 japan (October 1992)
FM Towns PC japan (1993)
Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.

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