Keystone Kapers Reviews (Atari 2600)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Woodgrain Wonderland (May 15, 2017)
Almost needless to say, the action gets pretty frenetic as the first few levels are conquered. Shopping carts and other obstacles fly around like mad, although not without clearly identifiable patterns. It gets to the point where every second counts and it pays to develop some strategies around how to jump over and duck under obstacles as time-efficiently as possible. That might be a chore for some games, but for Keystone Kapers it’s a delight. You must own Keystone Kapers.
VideoGame (Jun, 1991)
Keystone Keaper é uma emocionante perseguição policial, dentro de um shopping center. Você deve alcançar o ladrão antes que ele consiga sair. O tempo é limitado.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 03, 2006)
Keystone Kapers never fails to elicit a smile. With its simple "catch the crook" gameplay, tight control, and sharp graphics, what's not to like?
Le Geek (Jun, 2011)
Score is largely a reward for your unused time, and as the game ramps up in difficulty it becomes vital to learn when and when not to use the elevators. Being able to jump on the escalators to shave off a bit of time is a nice touch. Despite each level essentially taking place on the same course (just with different obstacles), the setting and characters avoid the bog standard spaceship trope of most Atari titles and help the game stand out from other fare on the system. Recommended.
Quirks aside. Keystone Kapers is an all-around decent effort. Although it resembles Donkey Kong in some respects, it does offer enough graphic and strategic differences to be labeled an original.
TeleMatch (Jul, 1983)
Keystone Kapers ist ein Spiel, das nicht annähernd so stressig ist wie andere Spiele, aber es bringt — vielleicht gerade deshalb — viel Spaß.
HonestGamers (Jul 31, 2008)
While not as classic as, say Activision's Pitfall or River Raid were, I did log a good number of hours with this one in my youth. Keystone Kapers is just a simple test of reflexes, as all you can do is run, jump and duck. While the game starts off very easy, by later levels when planes and carts seemingly zip through nearly every screen, it does have what it takes to get the heart pumping. While I can't see me playing it again today, Keystone Kapers did provide a fun diversion during those days of yesteryear.
So, should you try this game? Granted, it can get a bit repetitive since the level itself is laid out the same way each time through, the only thing changing being the locations and types of enemies in the different screens. Still, it is a fun game while it lasts, and it will last a reasonably high amount of time if you're a fan of platformers where the objective is survival rather than getting to the end. I recommend you consider getting it if you can find it reasonably cheap.