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AmstradCPCPlus

Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy
GenreArcade Shooter
DeveloperTitus Interactive
PublisherTitus Interactive
Released1990
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:7.0
Gameplay:7.0
Overall:7.0
Reviewed byndial
Dick Tracy is a game based on the synonymous movie starring Warren Beatty and Madonna. It was released only for the Amstrad CPC, Amstrad GX4000 and CPC+ (cartridge), Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.
 
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Dick TracySTORY / GAMEPLAY
Dick Tracy is a side scrolling action game, where you control Dick Tracy through five different stages, killing gangsters with a variety 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. You hold no weapons at the beginning and your primary attack is your punch. In the meantime, ammo can be collected for either a pistol or a machine gun. The gameplay has some glitches. For example, jumping across platforms to avoid dead pits is sometimes impossible. Also, when entering a new screen you'll frequently be shot before you even have the chance to react and this gets even worse because the game runs in flip screen mode! Other than its few problems, Dick Tracy is a fine title that offers intensive action. The CPC+ version runs on cartridge only, taking advantage of the Plus' advanced hardware.

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The graphics on the CPC+ (and the GX4000 console) are colorful and the scrolling is quite smooth. The hardware sprites in pseudo Mode 1 use 15 colors (a feature found only on the CPC+ video hardware). With 16 colors on the backgrounds and 15 colors on its the sprites Dick Tracy looks like a 16bit game rather than a pure 8bit. But, the technique to use hardware sprites limits the number of total sprites on screen. As expected, the CPC and Plus versions are quite different (better graphics for the latter). Also, the game here uses hardware background scrolling (making it fast!) and not flip-screen as with the CPC!. The game's sound is fine, featuring a nice intro tune and a few catchy tunes during gameplay (although I personally prefer the classic CPC tunes!). You can only choose to play either with sound effects or music and the sound effects are nicely done as well.
 
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Amstrad CPC
Amstrad CPC Plus
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Commodore C64
 
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Amstrad CPC+

Amstrad CPC+CPU: ZiLOG Z80 processor clocked at 4 MHz
MEMORY: 464 CPC+ 64Kb RAM, 6128 CPC+ 128Kb RAM, 32 kb ROM
GRAPHICS: 12bit RGB color palette (4096 colors) supporting 32 colors on screen (16 + 15 for sprites + 1 border). Up to 16 hardware sprites. Splitting the display into separate modes and pixel scrolling both became fully supported hardware features.
SOUND: AY-3-8912 chip, 3-channel stereo, DMA for high-quality samples (with minimal processor overhead).
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The Amstrad CPC+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette (32 on screen)
 
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