In this racing game, the players get to race in police cars instead of the usual racing cars driven by speed freaks (like in the Crazy Cars series). Break the law instead of upholding it, while racing through the streets of San Francisco (Cisco for short, hence the name). Take in the Golden gate Bridge, China Town and the Twin Peaks.
Avoid collisions with trams, other cars (driven by annoying citizens), buildings and road blockades etc., while trying to reach the next checkpoint before the time runs out! Use your horn to alert other road-users of your presence.
Cisco Heat is a very, very strange game. Its title and first screen make you think it will be another hot, illegal race against time, foes, and cops. To be honest, you will face these, but not in the usual way.
Imagine a hot, summer day in San Francisco: while a certain old tune begins to play, hippies walk the street, cars roam the roads, and... a police car flashes down the street. And another, and a few more. You turn your head around, as there was no other vehicle speeding by! What is going on? Who are they chasing? What is this all about?
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the greatest challenge of the twentieth century: the Police Car Chase.
The concept is simple: take a few cops, put them in San Francisco, and let them push the pedal to the metal! You can choose between two cars: the Ford LTD Crown Victoria and the Nissan 300ZX. The problem is that there is no real difference between them. They both have two gears: Low gives you a maximum speed of 96 mph, while High lets you rush to the goal at 196 mph. The road is represented by dark and light horizontal rectangles which scroll down to the bottom of the screen. The surroundings are represented by two-dimensional sprites which scale up and down depending on the distance between you and them. It's far from the "exciting realism" promised in an advertisement, yet the illusion it gives is quite good. The sounds are quite nice, and the controls are simple: the cursor keys are used to turn and accelerate, while the space bar lets you change gears. The obstacles in the game are represented by roadsigns, litter, vehicles, and such; not to mention the off-road areas. All of the obstacles will flip you, wasting vital time. While you have seven foes to defeat, time is your greatest enemy. You usually have just over a minute or two to finish the actual stage (of which there are five), so even if you only flip once or twice, you'll barely finish in time. Only the first three or four drivers continue the race.
The game features some famous areas of SF, including but not limited to the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Chinatown, with the final goal on Treasure Island. The game lets you know when to turn left or right, with a message at the top of the game's window and a big stop sign. As you advance, there are more and more turns, with more and more obstacles; and the turns aren't as easy as they sound. You can easily bump into a corner which slows you down.
There is no problem running the game with VGA graphics, no sound, and keyboard controls. There are several other versions of this game, including C64, Amiga, Arcade, and a lot more - all of them a bit different! I give it 4 out of 5 points, since it is definitely an adrenalin booster, so I recommend it to everyone seeking some fun and incredible challenges!
This one is a very basic racing game. But I'm sure you will not agree on this when you've played it. It's not just pushing forward and steering every once in a while, no, in fact this was the first racing game I played where it was really important to slow down before you got to some points and turns.
Though, it's still a rather simple game, which actually means "fun". Children can play this game over and over again and not get bored. You race against 7 opponents, the police and the clock, which makes this game hard, but playable and tempting to restart.
I'm not saying this game was really ahead of its time, but Cisco Heat caught me playing alot when I was still a little DarKsiDe. While it can't match up with most of the racing games you see nowadays, I recommend you try this one.
Police racing? In San Francisco? Wow, what a weird idea! But it works, as this is one fine racing game. You can select to drive either the old or a new model of a police car then race 7 opponents and the clock in the same time. The first few sections of the race are pretty easy but things get nasty later. I did manage to complete the game anyway so it's not that hard.
Note: the game might not work on most new machines and you will have to slow them down a bit.
It's time for the annual police race through the streets of San Francisco. Cisco Heat is a dead average racing game in which you must beat the clock and reach the next checkpoint in time. You've also got to avoid trams and cars which might block your way. However, this is almost impossible to do, since the collision detection is truly abysmal-- you often find yourself colliding into invisible police cars and trams that are on the other side of the road. As a result, you will often run out of time and can't reach the next stage. A good effort at recreating a semi-popular arcade game that didn't quite work out. Steer clear of this game, unless you consider yourself a die-hard racer who must play every racing game ever made.
A police racing game. You can drive in different carmodels of the police. The game looks a bit like outrun, but that won't you stand in the way for this great race game. You probably noticed that the setting of the game in in San Fransisco, hence the name Cisco.
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