Undercover Cops

Arcade Video game published 29 years ago by Irem

Undercover Cops screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Undercover Cops © 1992 Irem.

Undercover Cops is a horizontally-scrolling beat-em-up for up to three players in which Dr. Clayborn and his henchmen have taken control of the city. Police Commissioner Gordon has called on three of New York's Finest undercover cops: Bubba, an ex-professional football player; Flame, a former Miss America; and Claude, a retired philosophy teacher. They must fight every lackey and vanquish Dr. Clayborn in order to restore law and order to the city.

Besides the usual human thugs, players fight strange mole creatures and mutants with jet packs and blades for hands. Players can never use enemy weapons, but the stages contain objects that can be picked up and used instead, These include burning oil drums, steel girders, concrete columns that shatter on impact, boxes of hand grenades and giant fish.

As well as the standard punch and kick moves, each character also has a special attack. This move is more powerful than standard attacks but each time a special attack is executed, some of the player's health is lost.

Player characters can eat mice, frogs, birds and snails to restore their health. The game consists of five stages with a powerful enemy boss character waiting at the end of each one.

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Irem M-92 system hardware

Main CPU : V33 (@ 9 Mhz), V30 (@ 7.15909 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), GA20 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Players : 3
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2 (ATTACK, JUMP)


Undercover Cops was released in July 1992.

The Police 'car' at the end of Undercover Cops looks (and acts) just like "Moon Patrol", which is also from Irem.

On the small red TV items, you can see that they have a picture of the boss from Stage 1 of "R*Type"!

Soundtrack releases:
Undercover Cops - Victor Entertainment - VICL-5180 - Dec 16, 1992

Manga releases:
Undercover Cops 1 Beach Koba - Shinseisha - Aug 30, 1993
Undercover Cops 2 Beach Koba - Shinseisha - Feb 10, 1995

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Creator : Meeher
Designers : Akio, Susumu, Kozo, Nob
Programmers : Teroling, Danger Nao
Sound : Hiyamuta (Hiya!)
Character voices : Nukegara, Muttershi, Fuku Chan, Kiki
American staff : Steve, Drew, Max
Publicity staff : S. Sakomizu


[JP] Nintendo Super Famicom (mar.3, 1995) "Undercover Cops [Model SHVC-AUCJ-JPN]"

PC [MS Windows, Online] [EU] (dec.9, 2011) "IREM Arcade Hits" by DotEmu
Apple MacIntosh [Online] [US] (aug.21, 2011) "Irem Arcade Hits" by DotEmu
PC [Desura] [US] (nov.2, 2013) "IREM Arcade Hits" by Plug In Digital


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