S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation

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

 
DESCRIPTION
 
[Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game

S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation © 1989 Taito.


A direct sequel to 1988's "Chase H.Q.", S.C.I. once again puts the player in charge of an unmarked police car - this time a Nissan 300ZX T-Top Turbo - in which the player must chase and capture a criminal mastermind before the time limit expires. Graphically, S.C.I. is very similar to its predecessor, although there are slight improvements with both a better use of colour and the introduction of some new weather effects; such as the rain on the first stage. Unlike the first game, the player is armed with a gun; this is used to take out criminals and roadblocks as the player races against the time limit, and also to capture the criminal mastermind and make an arrest before the time limit expires.
TECHNICAL
 
PICTURE :
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S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation machine
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This game was available in at least 3 different dedicated cabinets, plus it was also sold as a conversion kit for "Chase H.Q".
* The sitdown version is a strange plastic monstrosity with a huge monitor. This may have been a Japan only release, as the cabinet looks very similar to the popular Japanese cabinet style.
* The standup versions are all very solid wooden affairs, covered with full painted sideart (very few games still used painted sideart in the late eighties).
All versions use Happ Controls force feedback steering wheels (the ones that can spin all the way around), a high low shifter (different versions had this on different sides), and a single pedal.

Taito Z System hardware
Board Number : M4300140A
Prom Stickers : C09

Main CPU : (2x) 68000 (K1100492A, K1100491A)
Sound CPU : Z80
Sound Chips : YM2610

Players : 1
Control : Steering wheel
Buttons : 6
TRIVIA
 
S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation was released in October 1989.

The car you are driving is a Nissan 300ZX T-Top Turbo.

Soundtrack releases :
S.C.I / Taito - Pony Canyon / Scitron - PCCB-00024 - April 21, 1990
UPDATES
 
The Japanese version uses KM/M, World and US version use MPS.

Nancy, in the World version, is called "Halen".

The Japanese version has a different voice.

The US version has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.
TIPS AND TRICKS
 
A little known trick (or is it a very generous bug?) to this game : Start a new game, and accelerate VERY slowly until your score reaches 90. Now STOP and just let the time run out. Once your game ends, don't continue, just let the timer run down. Once that happens, you'll notice that your score will SKYROCKET to the ridiculous amount of 76,543,210. Now go ahead and claim your top spot on the hi-score table (cheater!@#).
SERIES
 
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)
PORTS
 

Consoles:


NEC PC-Engine japan (January 25, 1991) [Model TP03016]
Amstrad GX4000 japan (1991)
Sega Master System europe (1992) [Model 7079]
Sega Genesis usa (October 22, 1992) "Chase H.Q. II [Model T-11106]"
Sega Mega Drive japan (October 23, 1992) "Super H.Q. [Model T-11163]"
Sega Saturn japan (June 9, 1996) "Chase H.Q. Plus S.C.I. [Model T-1105G]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (January 25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649 (TCPS-10178)]"
Sony PlayStation 2 japan (June 26, 2008) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Eternal Hits] [Model SLPM-55017]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] japan (December 9, 2008) PC-Engine version

Computers:


Atari ST europe (1990) "CHase H.Q. II: Special Criminal Investigation"
Commodore Amiga usa (1990) "Chase H.Q. II: Special Criminal Investigation"
Sinclair ZX Spectrum europe (1990) "Chase H.Q. II"
Amstrad CPC+ europe (1991)
Commodore C64 usa europe (1990) "Chase H.Q. II: Special Criminal Investigation"
SOURCES
 
Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.

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