Crime City

The Arcade Video Game by Taito Corp.

Crime City screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Crime City © 1989 Taito Corporation.

A one or two player sideways scrolling platform shoot-em-up in which two cops, by the name of Tony Gibson and Raymond Brody, fight gangs of criminals over six platform-strewn stages. Each stage centres around a specific criminal activity, such as bank robbery or smuggling. The ultimate goal in Crime City is to find the King-pin 'boss' characters that await the players at the end of each level, and arrest them.

The game's heroes start each level armed with a pistol, and extra weapons become available as players progress through a level. Both the pistol and additional weapons have only a limited amount of ammunition, and if players runs out of ammo, they will only be able to punch or "somersault attack" into attacking enemies. Each stage features numerous background items that can be used to attack enemies, such as wooden barrels, boxes and hanging lights. When shot, some criminals drop packets of illegal drugs, which can be picked up for bonus points.

Crime City's gameplay takes its inspiration from both Namco's "Rolling Thunder" and Sega's "Shinobi".


Crime City the  Arcade Video Game
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Taito B System Hardware
Board Number: K1100470A
Prom Stickers: B99

Main CPU: Motorola 68000 (@ 12 Mhz), Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips: Yamaha YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Players: 2
Control: 8-Way Joystick
Buttons: 2
=> Shoot/Punch, Jump


Crime City was released in September 1989.

The two heroes of Crime City are inspired from Mel Gibson and Danny Glover of 'Lethal Weapon' series.

Crime City is an official Spin-off of the Chase H.Q series (you can see the black Porsche from "Chase H.Q.").


The US version has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.


• Level Select: Boot machine with service switch pressed.
Message appears: Service Switch Error, press 1p Start(x3), service switch, 1p Start.
Message appears: Select by down SW, select level with joystick Down/Up and push Start button.

• Different Level: The level 2 design depends of your stock and health.

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