Written: 12.3.06 Acquired: 11.29.06 Status: Cart only Price: $63.75
As SNES fans in-the-know will tell you, this is among Super Famicom's most wanted and hardest to find. Complete copies frequently scorch the magical $100 mark, and some plop upwards to $85 for a LOOSE copy
Madness! What is this hard-to-find game like that has collectors up in arms for?
Select from Matt the powerhouse ex-football star, Zan the really skinny rough looking kickmaster or Rosa the quick and small token female
It's only 1-Player though (Arcade was multi-play)
SOAP? WHO NEEDS SOAP?
The first thing I noticed about UC Cops is how dirty it looks. I don't mean this in a bad way... I kinda like it in fact. Gives the game a rough and grim tone. So many SNES games have that cute saccharine look. Not a chance here
"My box -- MINE!"
Battle your way through rundown abandoned buildings, grimy festering docks and inauspicious underground tunnels to name but a few. Everything is in a deep state of decay. The enemies are bordering on being subhuman. A wretched decrepit flock of sideshow freaks. You can bet they haven't showered in months. Even the good guys appear unpleasant and a bit... dour
Little details like seen above are priceless. Crows fly off revealing in its wake two relics, who soon rise like zombies, so send 'em back to the hell hole they came from
HAVE A BITE
You don't consume hamburgers, or french fries, or drink beer to replenish your health in this game. Oh no. That would make too much logical sense. So what does one eat? You had to ask....
High in protein y'know
Anything small and alive is up for grabs. Mice, chicken, even snails! Eat 'em before they can scamper (or crawl) away. Disgusting and because your character mutters a gruffly "GOOD!" when swallowed, it's also a bit... creepy
EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK
While other beat em up's have knives to throw, UNDERCOVER COPS is quite unconventional...
Hey, it works
Giant concrete pillars can be unearthed to deliver major pain
Take a close look at the TV screen, pretty clever of Irem eh...
Use metal beams to soften ole PARCS up
Nice rotation, good form Matt!
JOY TO THE WORLD
"Special Joy" moves can be executed, in exchange for a small amount of health of course
After Parcs, boss of level 1, takes a beating, he sheds his skin -- revealing a cold steel interior! Crush him, if you can, for the ultimate satisfaction
The beginning of level 2 is my favorite in the whole game. Kick the barrel of flames, or better yet, heave it at the baddies
Make sure you don't let that snail get away!
Upon impact it'll liberate a flurry of flame torches. WICKED!
The scoundrels can toss the torches as well, and if you're knocked down, one rapscallion in particular enjoys a moment of debauchery at your expense
The bat guy's a tough regular!
These underground diggers are deadly when traveling in packs
These suckers greet you with a nasty little love tap if you're in their path. They can't be killed so just steer clear as they mindlessly march on by
Mines pop up and erupts at will
The end level guardian is a monster born from malpractice... and it wants you for dinner... not as a guest but the main course attraction!
After each level your performance is tallied up. Depending on how much $$$ you earned, you'll regain a certain amount of health for the next level, if necessary
PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SARROW
Scheduled for a US release, but never saw American soil
Being a huge World Heroes fan, I had a funny DEJA VU feeling 'bout Matt immediately. After conducting a series of strenous scientific studies I've concluded where Johnny Maximum's influence truly originated from...
[Wowwwwww -Flavor Flav]
TAKE A LOOK FOLKS
SNES vs. the arcade version
Remember the Spike Lee movie "Do The Right Thing"? The character Radio Raheem sported a four-fingered ring on each hand -- "LOVE" on the right hand and "HATE" on the left -- to symbolize the struggle between the two emotions
That's how I feel about UNDERCOVER COPS. I love the fact that it was released and I love how twisted it is.... but I hate the missing multiplayer option. It reeks of laziness. It should be a better port, though all in all, it's pretty solid
If anything, it's a nice collector's item... a conversation piece. Personally, I think it plays pretty well, but it doesn't do anything you can't find in a more affordable beat 'em up. So is it worth the big bucks? Only you can decide that one...