For the remake Sierra took the various game documents (map, poker guide etc) and merged into a newspaper feature called "The Gazette".
When Sierra decided to release the VGA remake, there are differences between it and its original counterpart. Besides having VGA support and sound card support, here are some examples:
- Solutions to puzzles in both versions are quite different.
- The dialogue between both versions are quite different.
- "Carol's Caffeine Castle" is renamed "Caffeine Carol's", and "Lytton City Park" has been renamed "Bert's Park" (after its founder).
- The appearances and names of some of the characters have been changed. For example, Helen Hots is renamed Tawnee Helmut, the drunk driver Art Serabian to Bill Barnum, and the Death Angel Frank Sloan to Frank Magpie.
- In the original, It is possible to change clothes without having a shower. In the VGA remake, having a shower is compulsory.
- The easy-to-use driving interface where you have to use the arrow keys to patrol your car has been replaced with a new and confusing one.
- While patrolling the streets, you can stop at any location at any time in the original, whereas you can't do this in the remake.
- You can't die by running a red light in the remake.
- In the remake, you don't have to perform a safety inspection each time you decide to go out.
- Near the end of the game, the remake gives you the opportunity to not play the poker game at all, play the poker game and win, and play the game and lose.
Jim Walls who originally wrote the series was actually a real police man. This explains all the weird things you had to do, like walking around your car (Safety inspection) before starting it...if you did you would "Game Over".