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The notorious thief Harry Hooligan is on the loose! You play the part of Officer Keystone Kelly, sent in to capture Harry. Harry is trapped in a four story mall, and is running as fast as he can to reach the exit at the top. Your job is to catch up to him and send him to prison. You will need to use either the escalators at the end of each floor, or the elevator in the middle to go from floor to floor. The escalators may be further away, but the elevator moves pretty slowly so you will need to decide which route will be faster in getting you closer to your goal. If Harry can make it to the top before you catch him, you will have to retry that level. Harry has no intention of letting you catch him easily, and is hurling everything he can find in an attempt to slow you down. Shopping carts, bouncing balls, biplanes, and more will all be flying past on the screen and will either slow you down or send you back to the beginning if you get hit. As the levels progress, Harry will run faster and faster, and more objects will be tossed your way to duck and jump over.


Keystone Kapers Atari 8-bit Title screen
Keystone Kapers ColecoVision Each level starts here
Keystone Kapers MSX The super slow elevator
Keystone Kapers Atari 5200 Almost caught Harry...

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Alternate Titles

  • "Busy Police" -- Zellers release title
  • "キーストンケーパーズ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 May 15, 2017 A+ 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Apr 21, 2011 A- 91
Independent Zin Atari 8-bit Apr 10, 2019 90 out of 100 90
Le Geek Atari 2600 Jun, 2011 4.5 out of 5 90
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Aug 11, 2002 85 out of 100 85
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Retro Game Reviews ColecoVision Jun 29, 2015 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
HonestGamers Atari 2600 Jul 31, 2008 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 May 05, 2001 B- 67
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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High score rewards

Players who were able to rack up 35,000 points or higher were eligible to receive the "Billy Club" patch from Activision if they sent in photographic evidence of their score to the company. Here is a picture of that patch at AtariAge.


The names of the personages are: Keystone Kelly (Policeman) and Harry Hooligan (Thief) and the game has inspiration in a group of actors of the silent film era called Keystone Kops, so-called because they appeared in films made by the Keystone Studios. They had acted in the movies Keystone Hotel and Fatty and the Broadway Stars.


  • Retro Gamer
    • Issue #46 - #11 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600 Games" poll
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