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Lock 'n' Chase is an arcade action game similar to Pac-Man. You play a thief who is trapped in a maze like vault. To get out, you need to collect all of the gold dots located in the maze. Your task won't be easy, since there are four police officers in the vault who are constantly trying to catch you! Located throughout the maze are numerous doors. As you run through the maze, you have the ability to temporarily close a door in an attempt to block the police. You can only close two doors at a time, and any closed doors automatically open again after a short amount of time. When all of the gold in the maze has been collected, the exit to the vault will open and you can escape and move on to the next, more difficult vault. Occasionally a bonus item will appear in the maze, such as a cash bag, crown, or briefcase, which can be collected to earn even more points.


Lock 'n' Chase Intellivision Title screen
Lock 'n' Chase Apple II Title screen
Lock 'n' Chase Arcade Driving into the playfield like a sir
Lock 'n' Chase Arcade Title screen

Promo Images

Lock 'n' Chase Magazine Advertisement Back cover
Lock 'n' Chase Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "迷宫追踪" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Tjuv och polis" -- Swedish Intellivision title
  • "ロックンチェイス" -- Japanese spelling
  • "락 앤 체이스" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Intellivision May 28, 2000 A- 91
Digital Press Atari 2600 Mar, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Intellivision Dec, 1982 3 out of 4 75
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Sep 13, 2005 75 out of 100 75
Retro Game Reviews Intellivision May 23, 2015 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
All Game Guide Intellivision 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PSP Minis PSP Jun 19, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
TeleMatch Intellivision Jul, 1983 3 out of 6 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jul 04, 2003 C+ 58
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 May 30, 2017 C 50


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Version differences

Lock 'n' Chase is actually based on an old arcade game starring the "gentleman thief" Lupin III. Lupin III is a famous manga star and the creation of manga-ka Monkey Punch, and his background is mentioned as being the grandson of world-renowned thief Arsene Lupin!

And that's also why the game was released in the U.S. with all Lupin refs removed... Maurice LeBlanc, the author who wrote the original Lupin novels, of course copyrighted his work. But in Japan, the copyright isn't enforced as much, so that's why Lupin III exists. But in the U.S., the copyright was enforced, so Lupin's personality was erased in the U.S. version of this game, both in the arcade and home versions.

Version differences: Intellivision

The Intellivision Lock 'n' Chase had two releases. The original 6K version had spottier control and was missing Lupin's "death" animation (he collapsed into his hat and cloak in the arcade version). A later 8K version fixed the control and added the animation.

There's no way on the outside to tell which version is which. The only way to find out is to play the game and see what happens when Lupin gets caught by a cop.
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