Dirty Harry lacks the personality and spark of the infamous Eastwood movie franchise.
Harry has two abilities, punching and shooting. Shooting is, of course, the preferred method as the brain-dead thugs constantly regenerate and come after you. Unfortunately, you have a limited supply of bullets, so your fists better be ready to do some talkin’. Unless you hit the perps at precisely the right angle, they will hit you or shoot you or drop a net on you (for serious); it’s easier just to avoid them.
Press ‘Start’ and you’ll see that Harry has a lot of items in his inventory: plastic explosives (used to open safes), gas masks, even drugs. Entering buildings and smashing open dressers and drawers with your kicks is the only way to collect said items, and while you’ll need them to move forward, it’s unfortunate that you have to find them over and over again.
The game also has some of the worst controls on the NES. ‘A’ and ‘B’ together to jump, ‘Up’ and ‘A’ to open drawers, pressing ‘A’ twice to fire your gun are the button combinations required.
Dirty Harry deserves nothing less than a one-way dip in the Dead Pool.
PUBLISHER: Mindscape DEVELOPER: Gray Matter
RELEASE DATE: 12/1990 – (US)