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Beat Cop is a video game developed by Pixel Crow and published by 11 Bit Studios. It was initially released for PC through Steam on March 30, 2017, and then ported to Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on March 5th, 2019.

The year is 1986 and you are Detective Jack Kelly. He responds to a break-in at a senator's mansion, killing one burglar while the other gets away with the contents of his safe (believed to be jewels).

Jack is the fall guy due to being the responding officer, and is busted down to being a beat cop in uniform where his duties involve writing tickets for one, two or three offenses: parking violations (parking on a spot that clearly says NO PARKING, parked next to a fire hydrant or having an expired parking meter), tire violations, and/or broken lights.

Jack also has to respond to calls in the neighborhood, but also balance relations with two factions: the Mafia and the Crew, who both compete for dominance on the street.

Tropes for Beat Cop:

  • Alliance Meter: there are 4 of it representing the police, the mafia, the crew and the civilians.
  • Affably Evil: The Mafia are very pleasant and civil, but they're still ruthless and murderous criminals.
  • Asshole Victim: Zigzagged with Fat Mike. He's corrupt and a jerk to Jack for no reason, but he's apologetic once he's gunned down, and dialogue with the various shopkeepers imply he was well liked in the neighborhood.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Out of the two brothers who run the laundromat, Harry is guilty of this while his older brother, Benny, speaks regular English.
  • Ass Shove: In the briefing room in Day 1, Shepansky is in trouble for sticking his ass out the squad car, and with FP written on his cheeks.
  • Beat Cop: As the title indicates, this is the job Jack Kelly is reduced to after he's unable to prevent a burglary at a senator's mansion.
  • Being Good Sucks: Being a By-the-Book Cop is tough in this game. Refusing bribes will make paying your alimony on time difficult, and you're liable to piss off the Mafia and Crew to the point where either will just outright kill you.
  • Big Bad: The Senator whose diamonds went missing is ultimately the guy responsible for setting Kelly up.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Day 6 has Kelly get some bug spray to clear out roaches from the Moonwalk since an appearance by a proper pest control team would end up shutting down the restaurant. Going back inside after the first spraying has Kelly having a discussion with a human-sized roach which he attributes to being high on the fumes.
  • Brain Bleach: Cortez asks if any of the squad have ever walked in on their parents having sex. He feels he may never have an erection again after walking in on his own.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Finding the bomb in Day 21 has Kelly outright state he's pissed himself at being in ground zero of a huge bomb that's about to go off.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The guy in the donut costume plays a key role later down the line when it comes to returning the favor you owe Froggy for covering up the trouble the Russian cop caused on Day 4. Namely, he's the (former) porn star Froggy wants to recruit for his upcoming movie.
  • Corrupt Cop: You can play it straight by taking bribes from people begging not to get a ticket as well as working for the Mafia and/or the Crew.
  • Cult: One day has Kelly tearing down posters and chasing off cultists from the street. The final part of that chapter has Kelly having to stop a mass suicide from happening.
  • Da Chief: Sergeant Holloway, who spends most of his screentime berating you and your fellow cops for not getting off your asses already and writing those tickets! The mayor is always on his ass about something, and every time you screw something up, he'll let you know. Loudly. Dialogue implies he has No Indoor Voice.
  • Dark Secret: Days 18 and 19 have Kelly learn that Herman Krank, the local pharmacist, was a former Nazi officer during World War II. You can either help him run to Argentina or have him arrested.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: It's The '80s and you're situated on a street that's being fought over by two ethnic gangs, so there's a lot of casual racism to go around.
  • The Don: Don Tattaglia, the boss of the Mafia on the street.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: The donut shop on the street gets plenty of cops on the beat. Kelly can get free stamina from the employee there. The game's logo is even set against a big pink donut.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Getting to 100 reputation with the Mafia or the Crew allows Kelly to join them as a permanent member, ending the game.
  • Fat Bastard: Fat Mike, your training officer on Day 1 is one for not only being an asshole to Kelly, but also being corrupt.
  • Gangbangers: The Crew, who are run by Jerron out of the Pawn Shop on the east side of the street.
  • Greasy Spoon: The Moonwalk Diner. During Day 6, Jack has to convince Norma to open it up when people start protesting.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Cortez brags about how he gets plenty of action. His fellow cops rag on him by saying he's gotta be an Armored Closet Gay.
  • He Knows Too Much: The sudden attack on Day 1 that gets Fat Mike killed was actually meant to kill Kelly. The Senator made the hit to ensure the details of the sex tape never get out.
  • Husky Russkie: Day 4 has Kelly paired up with a fat Russian cop, having to keep him out of trouble.
  • Macguffin: The stolen diamonds from the Senator's safe which everyone blames Kelly for stealing, though the Senator believes he has something else. That something else is a sex tape.
  • The Mafia: The Italian mafia who run the west side of the street from Luigi's.
  • Malicious Misnaming: During his first day on the beat, Jack's training officer, Fat Mike, keeps calling him Polly due to not giving a shit about him.
  • Moving the Goalposts: Jack has to come up with $300 for alimony in the beginning of the game, then it gets moved up to $600.
  • Multiple Endings: Four of them appear in the final day after every party knows about the Senator's sex tape.
    • Giving it to Yablonsky allows the Senator to have all his dirty deeds exposed and be arrested.
    • Giving it to the Mafia has them use it to blackmail the Senator into obedience while also giving back the diamonds needed for Kelly to go back to his old job as homicide detective.
    • Giving it to the Senator's man at the Moonwalk turns the Senator into a Karma Houdini, but Kelly not only goes back to work as a homicide detective, but also gets a promotion.
    • Giving it to the Crew lets them get close to the Senator to kill him while Kelly continues on as a respected beat cop.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: Getting to -100 reputation with the Mafia or the Crew earns you a death by drive-by.
  • Playing Both Sides: You can work jobs for both the Mafia and Crew on the same day. Jobs can also have you working with one faction then giving info to the other side or the police.
  • Retirony: Fat Mike makes it a point to state that it's his last day in the force. No points in guessing what happens to him.
  • The '80s: There are so many shoutouts all over the place to works of the era. One person doing exercise on his balcony is clearly Sergeant Hartman.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: If you have $2000 by day 20, Kelly can start a new life down in Mexico.
  • Self-Immolation: Day 11 has a man douse himself in gasoline ready to light himself on fire if his demands aren't met. Letting him burn to death by not getting to him on time or getting too close is a game over.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Krause is the only female officer shown in the briefing room.
  • Totally Not a Criminal Front: It's an open secret that the Mafia and Crew front their operations via the pizzeria and pawn shop respectively.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The ending where Kelly gives the sex tape to Yablonsky. It's clear he won't get any credit for it, nor will he even get a reward, but working with the most honest detective in the city will ensure the Senator will pay for his crimes through completely legal means.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: The Mafia task in day 19 has Kelly asked to beat on the representative's brother in-law, but to do so while the wife's out of the house. Kelly makes sure the man knows not to ever do it again.
  • You Know What You Did: Jack is constantly warned to return the Senator's property immediately, or else. Problem is the dick issuing the warning isn't referring to the diamonds, and he refuses to elaborate on what he's really talking about, which just leaves Jack even more confused.