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Mean Streets (DOS)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
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5 point score based on user ratings.

Trivia

Cover art

The US box art bears a striking resemblance to Blade Runner's original theatrical poster.

Graphics

Mean Streets was the world's first popular PC game to fully support VGA graphics. Not content to stop there, it was also the world's first PC game to also support EGA, CGA, and Hercules graphics modes with real-time quantization and dithering. ("Real-time references the fact that they didn't include pre-converted graphics, which would have taken up twice the disk space, but rather they converted each graphic as it was loaded to fit the graphics mode being used.) Most games that supported VGA didn't support any lower standard at all because it was considered too difficult to convert graphics utilizing 256 colors down to 16 or even 4 for EGA or CGA.

Music

The Mean Streets intro music is also used in a TV commercial. Access plagarised music in the past; see the trivia for Crime Wave for another example.

Remake

In 1998, Access released Overseer which is a remake of Mean Streets.

References

There are many references to TV shows and movies in Mean Streets. For example, turn on the TV in Ron Morgon's Cabin and the sound resembles Star Trek. The robot in Cal Davis's Secret Lab is a reference to Lost In Space. The scene where you meet Larry Hammond is a spoof of a joke in The Bob Newhart Show. Also, the president is called Michael J. Fox, and a final joke refers to the first Back to the Future film he starred in.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #139 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #4 Best Adventure Game in 1990
Information also contributed by Blood, Brolin Empey, hydra9 and Ricky Derocher

Contributed by Eurythmic (2612) on Aug 16, 1999. [revised by : Patrick Bregger (101646) and Jo ST (7514)]. -- edit trivia