Cyber Police is a Final Fight-inspired arcade game set in the future. As a member of Cyber Police, your mission is to maintain the law and order from the evil henchmen of the Blue Scorpion gang, which are trying to sow chaos everywhere they go. To do so, you will have to make your way through the different scenarios that make up the city to try to locate Jemiah, the ruthless leader of the criminal gang. There are several characters with which to carry out your purpose (two robots: Perseus and Ishrall and one man: Duncan Dahoh), each one having its own characteristics.As in other beat em up's, you will normally fight fist to fist (or kick to kick), but when you defeat your enemies you will be able to carry their weapons until you receive an impact. With one button you will attack and with other you will jump.
90's were probably best known as the golden period for side-scrolling beat 'em ups, such as Golden Axe, Final Fight and, of course, the unofficial king of this genre, Streets Of Rage (aka Bare Knuckle) series.
I don't remember playing much of this kind on MS-DOS, but I do remember playing Cyberlaw, developed and published by a Spanish company Balance (aka Bal@nce) in 1997.
Cyberlaw has all the elements one beat 'em up should have. Easy controls, enjoyable gameplay and lots of baddies to be beaten. You can choose between three characters, without names, which, I think, is not such a big deal. One of them is female robot, with more speed and less strenght, the other one is male robot, with more strenght and less speed and the third one is human character (or humanoid cyborg?), and, as you might already guess, he is the balanced one. There are 6 stages throuhout the game, and all of them (except one) are separated in sub-stages. On some sub-stages you're given the choice to select the route. So, depending on your choice, you can finish the stage smoothly, or end up beating more baddies than you wanted.
Graphics are excellent - super VGA in all of its glory. The game is a very successful combination of 2D and 3D graphics that resemble Rise of the Robots, but with much smoother animation. Highly detailed characters and stages will make you ask yourself: Is it possible that this is an MS-DOS game?
Sounds are well done, especially the screams of the characters when falling off the elevator, which is the third stage.
There are adjustable options, like violence (blood) level, difficulty, speed and so on. The options are partially in Spanish, but you'll manage to find your way through. When you start the game, you can redifine controls for both players, so, yes, there is a cooperative mode. Beside arcade mode for 1 or 2 players, you can play survival mode and see how long can you endure against the hordes of enemies. The only problem with Cyberlaw is difficulty, so I suggest playing the game oneasy - it's challanging enough. Oh, and the ending should've been better...
In the end, I'll say that Cyberlaw is a great mixture of Rise of the Robot visuals, Streets of Rage gamplay and Mortal Kombat violence (that is, if you set blood to maximum). Highly recommended!
People who downloaded Cyberlaw have also downloaded:
Darius Gaiden, CyberMage: Darklight Awakening, Dark Moon, Cybernoid, Dark Angael, Chaos Engine (a.k.a. Soldier of Fortune), CyberStrike 2, Cannon Fodder
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