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The Taking of Beverly Hills (DOS)

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The taking of Beverly Hills is an adaptation of the action movie with the same name. The main events of the game are set in Beverly Hills famous of its rich residents. The truck with toxic ingredients crashed on one of the crossroads with Rodeo Dr., and all citizens were evacuated to the Hotel until the National Guard arrives. All except two - football player Boomer Hayes and his girlfriend Laura Sage. Robbers led by the head of L.A. football team, Robert Masterson, want to steal the priceless Botticelli Fresco and kill Boomer, but Boomer wants to stop the robbery and bring Masterson to justice, while evading ex-cops and the hired thug Benitez, who has commandeered a SWAT tank and is gunning for him.

Switching between Laura and Boomer, the player has to re-create the main events of the movie, carefully walking through Beverly Hills, collecting inventory items, and using them with 'USE' and 'HIDE' commands. Point of view changes between top-down to side-scrolling or first-person when the player enters important places. Boomer's inventory includes a diskette, which allows to save or load the game. Every death of any character means the end of the game and exit to the operating system.

In the beginning, Boomer has to visit the police station to acquire the empty gun, the vest protecting him from bullets of ex-cops and the radio transmitter to have a window to outer world. As Laura, the player explores a hotel to take a useful key. The next actions of the main characters include three main goals of the game:
  1. Free the real cops from the fire station.
  2. Rescue the Botticelli fresco.
  3. Save Laura from Masterson after she is captured.
Action elements of the game include evading enemies with machine-guns, and moving fast on the streets to avoid getting killed.

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The Taking of Beverly Hills DOS There's a keycard on the desk.
The Taking of Beverly Hills DOS Game over!
The Taking of Beverly Hills DOS Playing as Laurie
The Taking of Beverly Hills DOS Title screen

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Joystick (French) Apr, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Power Play May, 1992 29 out of 100 29
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1992 1 out of 12 8

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POMAH (31792) added The Taking of Beverly Hills (DOS) on Dec 12, 2006