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  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Arabs in Police Quest 2. They are terrorists, have a bomb and hijack an airplane so they can have a safe passage to Bum Aroun. The only way to deal with them is to kill them.
  • Accidental Innuendo: In 3 if you click the hand icon on the "mindless executive toy" in the psychiatrists office he says "Would you mind not playing with my balls, please" (may also double as a reference to Police Academy Citizens on Patrol)
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  • Anticlimax Boss: In Police Quest 3, when you raid the crack house, you shoot a mook and Michael Bains immediately surrenders. Pat Morales is also unceremoniously killed by an Internal Affairs agent who had never been seen before provided you reported finding cocaine in her locker to them.
  • Anvilicious: It is Police Quest after all. The law is the law in this game.
    • So much so that the game was criticized because players would act the way they saw police officers behave on TV or in movies; when in real life, that gets you and others severely hurt or even killed. There were even people arguing why you couldn't just take out your gun and shoot everyone.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The credits music for SWAT 2, Just Another Day in LA, captures the essence of the game perfectly.
    • The soundtracks for PQ1VGA and PQ3 are excellent, due to being composed by Jan Hammer. (Yes, that Jan Hammer.)
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The entire terrorist hijacking scene in PQ2 has nothing to do with the main plot. It just serves to make the flight to Steelton a bit more exciting, and afterwards is never referred to again.
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  • Breather Level: After a tough training level in SWAT 2 and several call outs including one based on the North Hollywood shoot out your element is called out to a airport sniper. Hands down the easiest level in the game, the most difficult part is trying to apprehend the woman who is with the sniper, or whether or not to authorize paying a ransom. Arresting the sniper and clearing the level without a shot fired and top marks is Easier Than Easy. Might be why the opening level to its FPS sequel is more or less an exact rehash of this one.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In PQ2 when you hit pause you get a screen saying that every cop needs a break now and then. The unpause option on the screen? The words: "Let's roll!" It doesn't seem like much until you happen to pause the game as you try to defeat the terrorists on the airplane.
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    • The below bug about selling off sidearms to make a profit became a different sort of humorous when the Los Angeles SWAT team got caught doing exactly that around 2010.
  • Game-Breaker / Good Bad Bugs:
    • Selling the sidearms of your unused team members in SWAT 2 will solve all your financial problems.
    • In SWAT 2, training a terrorist to 100% rifle skill and having him kneel-fire will give him laser accuracy clear across the map. That's pretty handy when about half the missions take place in wide open areas.
    • A minor bug in the original game means it's possible to score 246 out of 245.
    • In PQI VGA (this probably depends on the version), when you get into a car accident, the game informs you that you died, but instead of a game over, the game rewinds about a dozen seconds prior to the crash.
    • In SWAT 4, you can get penalized for shooting suspects if you haven't given them proper warning to surrender or they haven't opened fire on you first. Your AI partners and snipers don't!
    • In PQIV, it is possible to question the first witness on the scene right before he walks away. The conversation will carry on, even when he leaves the screen.
      • You can point your gun at people for a game over. However, you can aim away from the person and open fire and the game still implies that you shot them. Sometimes your gun will go to the side of the person's face, over their head, or even just bang the gun up the door.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: There's not a whole lot of games these days that would outright allow you to play as terrorists as SWAT 2 did.
    • Also, the whole Egyptian terrorists part of PQII would become a lot less cool after the events of 9/11 and the War on Terror.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There was an occasion in PQII where Sonny had the option to call a SWAT team to storm a motel room, but the highlight is how Sonny called in a SWAT team at a crack house, just to open the door with a tank, and run in by himself to disarm the thugs before a SWAT team can get there. In PQ SWAT 2, he has done a much better job in following procedure, and even commands a SWAT unit in 4.
  • Ho Yay: Implied with Carey and Nobiles if you click the hand icon on Nobiles in certain screens.
  • Moral Event Horizon: There is one level in SWAT 4 that involves a cult. Investigating the basement reveals an underground grave yard for babies! Naturally, they're more evil than the terrorists.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Driving in Police Quest III. To accelerate, click in front of the car. To slow down, click at the rear of the car. Each click either increase or decrease speed by 5 mph. Sound easy? At least until you realize you have no idea what's ahead of you. Your car is displayed inside a small square. The rest of the screen is filled with a useless view of you driving, without the windshield. The map only gives your overall position and doesn't tell how close or far you are to a turn. Too often, you'll end up driving off road or missing your street/parking entrance. In the end it's better to just drive at very low speed. Have fun!
    • Driving in the remake of the first game wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs either.
    • The problem isn't so much that it wasn't programmed well (though it could have been like PQII or a later game: PQIV, where you just have to type in or choose a destination, or PQI where you have greater control over your driving), and the music that accompanies the mechanic is quite good. The problem is that it can get quite tedious and boring after a while, and it gets quite droning when you have to go back and forward on destinations. You do have a map system in PQI VGA and PQIII, which does help a little.
      • Averted in the original though, where you had free, open-world-like control over your vehicle. That is, once you get the hang of the fact that your car can turn on a dime.
    • In Police Quest II, your inventory screen show a message window with all your items in text and separated by a comma. This can be very frustrating when looking for a specific item. More puzzling is why they didn't use the same improved inventory from King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella which was released earlier.
  • Spiritual Licensee: SWAT 3 and 4 would have made a great set of sequels to RainbowSix3.
  • That One Level:
    • SWAT 2's final two missions are one long Marathon Level. The penultimate mission takes place in a huge open space, making it very hard to spot terrorists incoming, since the levels have several random presets. You will lose men along the way. The final mission takes place at the debriefing for the second last mission, meaning that you must carry over everyone you had left from the previous mission and are unable to bring any more backup, except for The Chief, who just happened to be present at the debriefing.
    • Playing poker in the first game.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: It looks like Sonny forgot to zip up his jeans in PQ2.
    • Marie has the weirdest, jiggling set of flat breasts you'd ever see in any graphical text adventure game (at least when viewing her from the front).
  • Unfortunate Implications: It has been noted that Open Season has quite a few of them. The Serial Cop Killer antagonist also happens to be a Creepy Crossdresser and has no other motive for his murders besides For the Evulz, for no other apparent reason than to hammer it home that "that guy is clearly some sort of massive freak" and that the player shouldn't question why the player character finds it necessary to slay him with a blowtorch. There are also other matters, like the game having an extremely unfriendly view on minorities and poor people in general; Hispanics and African-Americans are pretty much all portrayed as hoodlums who speak in Jive Turkey, and All Gays Are Promiscuous is played painfully straight.
    All one can take from the case in Open Season is that the killer is "weird," and to be weird is to deviate, and there is no greater threat to the establishment than deviancy.
  • The Woobie: Officer Jack, as he suffers depression for learning that his daughter, Kathy, is using cocaine and his wife is ready to leave him due to his drinking problem. On the day of his birthday no less! He does get cheered up thanks to his friends, but he's even worse later as he learns that Kathy is in a coma for a overdose. And later, Sgt Dooley informs you that she died.
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