In Dick Tracy, you’re given one clue for your case. It’s up to you – you, Warren Beatty – to go and find the rest.
Big Boy Caprice and his gang will have you cruising the dangerous streets in your oversized paddy wagon. The driving portion of the game is frustrating, as the map is large, and it will take you a while to find the places you need to go. Also, snipers shoot at your car from the roof, and it’s impossible to hit them back.
Once you enter a building, Dick Tracy turns into a beat-em-up side-scroller. Clues are highlighted by the word “Clue” and an arrow pointing to where you need to search. No real amount of effort or puzzle solving goes into the game, which is a disappointment given the source material. You can interrogate suspects along the way, and once you have all the clues you need, arrest one and hope they’re the criminal you’re looking for.
The latter portion is probably the most interesting and “detective” like portion of the game, but it’s so brief. Shouldn’t the game have been more of an action/adventure? Like Deja Vu, but with fighting? Bandai tried to make a Dick Tracy title with diverse gameplay, but the driving portions should have been replaced with investigation and crime-solving. You know, legitimate detective work.
PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: Realtime Associates
GENRE: Action RELEASE DATE: 08/1990 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: GB