This is a side scrolling action game, where you control Dick Tracy as he moves through five stages, shooting gangsters with an assortment of weapons. Your mission is to investigate the disappearance of Lips Manlis, an underworld boss and owner of The Ritz nightclub. Each stage leads to one of the mob bosses, until you ultimately capture the big man himself. Initially you hold no weapons, and your primary attack is a punch, but ammo can be collected for either a pistol or machine-gun.
Gameplay has glitches though. For example jumping across platforms to avoid deadly pits is sometimes unreliable. Also, when entering a new screen you'll frequently be shot before you even have chance to react, and this is even worst as the game runs in flick screen mode!
Other than its few gameplay glitches, Dick Tracy is a fine title I think, offering intensive action.
The CPC version has detailed and colorful graphics and quite smooth sprite animation. Sprites look a bit blocky though.
As expected, the CPC+ (cartridge) version is better using more colors (16 colors at the backgrounds + 15 colors for the sprites!) and better sprites due to its advanced hardware. But technically both versions are equally great I believe! The sound is fine on the CPC featuring a fine introductory tune and a few nicely done SFX during gameplay (no music though,) including gun-shots and explosions sounds.