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Los Angeles SWAT

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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ZX Spectrum
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3.5
Atari 8-bit
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4.1
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Description

The streets of Los Angeles are not safe. Lately, the kids are sick and tired of parents ordering them about and telling them what to do, so they decide to go out on the streets and threaten to club every policeman who gets in their way, making the streets not safe for the public, not even for little old ladies who decide to take a walk on a sunny day.

The bad news is: you're a police officer patrolling the streets, and you have two other police officers at your side. Your job is to shoot the little troublemakers that approach you. These troublemakers are harmless at a distance, but they are known to throw fire bombs at a few policemen. When you are killed by one of the troublemakers, one of the policemen replaces you as the one who gets to control the streets. If there is no policemen left, the game is over.

There are also turret guns located on top of buildings that fire, so you just can't stay on the footpath and hope not to get clobbered by the troublemakers. You just have to cross the road which is dangerous for a policeman in situations like this. When you come to the intersection, you'll come face-to-face with a gang, and you must shoot each gang member before they have a chance to leave you for dead. Once you've shoot all remaining gang members, a man appears holding a woman hostage. The object here is to shoot the man to free her. If you shoot the woman instead, you'll sacrifice 1000 points.

Your score increases when you walk, but score more points if you manage to shoot a troublemaker. You'll lose 100 points for killing a lady walking down the footpath.


Screenshots

Los Angeles SWAT Amstrad CPC Crouching down to shoot
Los Angeles SWAT Commodore 64 Title screen
Los Angeles SWAT Amstrad CPC "The thugs are so close to me, there's no hope of killing them now."
Los Angeles SWAT Amstrad CPC When you shoot a thug, his head explodes

Alternate Titles

  • "霹雳小组" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "S.W.A.T." -- Commodore 64 in-game title
  • "SWAT" -- Atari/C64 in-game title

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The Press Says

Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari 8-bit Jan, 1987 7.6 out of 12 63
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 60 out of 100 60
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 39 out of 100 39

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Trivia

German index

On October 31, 1987, SWAT was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Sales

According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #22 best selling game (161.672 copies).
Contributed to by Kabushi (126290), Martin Smith (63136) and *Katakis* (37838)