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Romset and name:
sciu Special Criminal Investigation (US)
Short name:
Special Criminal Investigation
Manufacturer:
Taito America Corporation
Year:
Genre:
Shooter
Category:
Shooter / Driving (chase view)
Serie:
Chase H.Q.
Driver source:
Language:
English
Similar games:
Input / Controls
Players:
Only one supported (solo)
Input:
Paddle
Buttons / keys:
Coins:
Cabinet:
Cockpit, Upright
Free-play:
Not supported
Rankings
Avarage user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
-
MASH All-Time:
-
Video
Display:
320x240@60.055992 Hz, CRT 15kHz
Orientation:
Horizontal
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
-
CPU:
Motorola MC68000, Zilog Z80
Audio
Sound:
2 channels
Audio chips:
Speaker, Volume Filter, YM2610 OPNB
Romset
First release:
Mame 0.53 released on aug-12 2001
Last release:
Mame 0.226 released on oct-28 2020
Clone of:
sci Special Criminal Investigation (World set 1)
Bios:
Not required
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Use sample of:
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Previous romset:
None
New romset:
None
Files
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GOOD
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Status
OVERALL:
IMPERFECT
Emulation:
Good
Graphic:
Imperfect
Color:
Good
Sound:
Good
Cocktail:
Good
Protection:
Good
Save state:
Supported
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  • Arcade Video game published 31 years ago:

    S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation © 1989 Taito.

    A direct sequel to 1988's "Chase H.Q.", S.C.I. once again puts the player in charge of an unmarked police car - this time a Nissan 300ZX T-Top Turbo - in which the player must chase and capture a criminal mastermind before the time limit expires. Graphically, S.C.I. is very similar to its predecessor, although there are slight improvements with both a better use of colour and the introduction of some new weather effects; such as the rain on the first stage. Unlike the first game, the player is armed with a gun; this is used to take out criminals and roadblocks as the player races against the time limit, and also to capture the criminal mastermind and make an arrest before the time limit expires.

    TECHNICAL
    This game was available in at least 3 different dedicated cabinets, plus it was also sold as a conversion kit for "Chase H.Q".
    • The sitdown version is a strange plastic monstrosity with a huge monitor. This may have been a Japan only release, as the cabinet looks very similar to the popular Japanese cabinet style.
    • The standup versions are all very solid wooden affairs, covered with full painted sideart (very few games still used painted sideart in the late eighties).
    All versions use Happ Controls force feedback steering wheels (the ones that can spin all the way around), a high low shifter (different versions had this on different sides), and a single pedal.

    Taito Z System hardware
    Board Number: M4300140A
    Prom Stickers: C09

    Main CPU: (2x) Motorola 68000 (K1100492A, K1100491A)
    Sound CPU: Zilog Z80
    Sound Chips: Yamaha YM2610

    Players: 1
    Control: Steering wheel
    Buttons: 6

    TRIVIA
    S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation was released in October 1989.

    The car you are driving is a Nissan 300ZX T-Top Turbo.

    Soundtrack releases:
    S.C.I / Taito - Pony Canyon / Scitron - PCCB-00024 - April 21, 1990

    UPDATES
    The Japanese version uses KM/M, World and US version use MPS.

    Nancy, in the World version, is called "Halen".

    The Japanese version has a different voice.

    The US version has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.

    TIPS AND TRICKS
    A little known trick (or is it a very generous bug?) to this game: Start a new game, and accelerate VERY slowly until your score reaches 90. Now STOP and just let the time run out. Once your game ends, don't continue, just let the timer run down. Once that happens, you'll notice that your score will SKYROCKET to the ridiculous amount of 76,543,210. Now go ahead and claim your top spot on the hi-score table (cheater!@#).

    SERIES
    • Chase H.Q. (1988)
    • S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation (1989)
    • Super Chase - Criminal Termination (1993)
    • Ray Tracers (1997, Sony PlayStation)
    • Chase H.Q. 2 (2007)

    STAFF
    Project leader: George Jyuttute
    Game designers: Hiroyuki Sakou, Fumio Horiuchi, Eiji Nishikawa
    Software: George K-5, Yuichi Kikuchi, David Uematsu, Kazunori Sako
    Character designers: Oolong Yamada, Gyoza Ohmae, Kawamoyan, Gishikun, Kazumasa Fuseya, Gomachan, Neko Minako, Kohzoh Igarashi, Senba Takatsuna, Tetsuya Shinoda, Takayuki Ogawa
    Sound created by Team Zuntata: Takami Asano (Godiego)
    Hardware: Masahiro Yamaguchi, Yuzuru Yoshimura
    Mechanical designers: Itsuji Yamada, Kazuaki Sasaki, Takaaki Deguchi
    Designer: Atsushi Iwaoka

    PORTS
    • CONSOLES:
    [JP] NEC PC-Engine (jan.25, 1991) "S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation [Model TP03016]"
    Amstrad GX4000 [JP] (1991)
    [EU] Sega Master System (1992) "Special Criminal Investigation [Model 7079]"
    [US] Sega Genesis (oct.22, 1992) "Chase H.Q. II [Model T-11106]"
    [JP] Sega Mega Drive (oct.23, 1992) "Super H.Q. [Model T-11163]"
    [JP] Sega Saturn (june.9, 1996) "Chase H.Q. + S.C.I. [Model T-1105G]"
    [JP] Sony PS2 (jan.25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649]"

    • COMPUTERS:
    [EU] Atari ST (1990) "Chase H.Q. II - Special Criminal Investigation"
    Commodore Amiga [US] (1990) "Chase H.Q. II - Special Criminal Investigation"
    [EU] Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990) "Chase H.Q. II"
    Amstrad CPC+ [EU] (1991)
    [US] Commodore C64 [EU] (1990) "Chase H.Q. II - Special Criminal Investigation"

    CONTRIBUTE
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