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You are police officer Bob, whose aim is to apprehend a certain quota of criminals (litterbugs, speeders and the like) each day. This is done by chasing them and sounding your siren at them - in some cases they will need ramming off the road. There are also hardened criminals to catch - if you can get one of these to confess, your day's work is considered done. Bonuses are awarded for achieving a 'perfect day' and for each arrest additional to the quota. Each day has a time limit but this can be extended by collecting donuts.

The game's action is presented with an overhead view of your squad car. Car upgrades are available, to be brought from your reward money. You earn Demerits by crashing, wrongly arresting innocents, or failing to meet your quota. Too many demerits and it is game over.

Screenshots

APB DOS Driving around, day 1. (CGA)
APB DOS The Chief is happy with you.
APB DOS Cruisin' by the beach and scoping out the ladies.
APB Commodore 64 When you hit the siren, it gets replaced by 'Pull Over'

Promo Images

APB Concept Art Photo of the artwork.

Alternate Titles

  • "שוטרים וגנבים" -- Alternate hebrew title
  • "APB: All-Points Bulletin" -- Alternate title
  • "A.P.B." -- Lynx title

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Critic Reviews

Commodore User Arcade Sep, 1987 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Dec, 1989 86 out of 100 86
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Oct, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Raze Lynx Sep, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Oct, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Raze Amiga Aug, 1991 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Arcade 1987 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1989 62 out of 100 62
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1989 36 out of 100 36

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of APB appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
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