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  • Summary: This Is the Police is a strategy/adventure game set in a city spiraling the drain. Assume the role of gritty Police Chief Jack Boyd and dive into a deep story of crime and intrigue. Will Jack reach his retirement with a nice stack of bills, or will he end up broken ... or worse?
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Aug 4, 2016
    100
    I’m hard-pressed to think of a game that more exceeded my expectations than This is the Police. A fully-formed, engaging story that’s tied together underneath a solid and demanding simulator game is certainly something I’ve never seen before, and it’s all handled excellently.
  2. Aug 17, 2016
    85
    This is the Police is a living proof that a fairly simple concept of managing a police station can be presented in a very interesting manner, with a well written story and lots of difficult choices to make. Studio Weappy has created one of the most interesting indie games of the year. A game that surprises the player with constantly changing conditions.
  3. Oct 17, 2016
    78
    This is the police is a bold game, innovative and creative. It has an impressive style and a compelling narrative.
  4. Aug 2, 2016
    70
    This Is The Police leans on cliched scenarios and characters, but it represents some of the real struggles a police force has to deal with, like budgets being cut and a city with a lot of social problems.
  5. Aug 12, 2016
    65
    A mediocre gameplay forces the player to wait a lot and this overshadows the great decision making.
  6. Jul 27, 2016
    60
    This Is The Police is a game that contributes very little in terms of gameplay. Its gameplay relies more on the narrative than on the management mechanics, and that's not always good.
  7. Jul 28, 2016
    30
    By day 100, you’re starting to lose sight of the goal. They gave you 180 days to finish out your tenure as chief; at first it sounded like a death sentence, now it’s more like a prison sentence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Aug 3, 2016
    10
    You know you have to play a game when the identity politics police doesn't want you too.
    From the game devs:
    “This Is the Police is not a
    You know you have to play a game when the identity politics police doesn't want you too.
    From the game devs:
    “This Is the Police is not a political game, but a human one,” says Yanovich. “We do not believe that the problems discussed in the game are political in nature.”

    And yet.... identity politics critics:

    official review contains trigger warnings. "Freeburg may be a generic Western city, but not all of humankind lives in generic Western cities. I have no idea what a game called This Is the Police would look like if it was made in Singapore or Iran, but I suspect that it would be very different. This game probably wouldn’t be made in Canada either, at least not in its current form—the sheer proliferation of derogatory language and identity-based violence would be unthinkable in today’s climate, and for good reason. " -KS

    " This Is The Police is simultaneously a rich video game and a poor depiction of its subject matter. Whether the game's creators welcome it or not, at times like these, when police officers in the US are under intense scrutiny, This Is the Police's representation of their work bears similarly close examination. By that measure it falls short of relevance and borders on removed." IBT

    "Despite having only previewed This Is The Police at PAX East just a few months ago, so much has happened in the US and the rest of the world in that time. It’s something that’s impossible to ignore when examining a game where you play as the Chief of Police in a city full of racial, gender, and sexual prejudice -- where you make decisions every day that affect citizens of a fictional city." Destru

    "And worst of all, you’re all but forced to partake in some decisions that have morally repugnant real-world implications, especially while police brutality and government surveillance are directly in today’s spotlight."WGTC

    "Los episodios de violencia racial en Estados Unidos se suceden y es por ello que puede que sea un momento delicado para lanzar un juego como el que hoy os traemos." IGN esp
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  2. Jul 12, 2018
    10
    Great User Interface and Progression. Since the sequel is a different story and setting, I can appreciate this game a lot more now for aGreat User Interface and Progression. Since the sequel is a different story and setting, I can appreciate this game a lot more now for a gritty TiTP1 and a Rural setting and more open world vibe to TiTP2.
    Cant wait to play that game! Anyway This is an original game with lots of things to do and keep my attention. Im not bored when I play this game.
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  3. Aug 3, 2016
    9
    This game is in my opinion brilliant. I inmediatly fell in love with the game when I opened up the game and listend to the brililant music andThis game is in my opinion brilliant. I inmediatly fell in love with the game when I opened up the game and listend to the brililant music and saw the start screen with its beautiful animations.
    The game feels like Maffia II but from the side of the police. The game is made up out of several different parts. At first there is a story that you can influence by making choices, a bit like the telltale games. Then there is the cop management and finally the detective management. These three elements give the game a lot of variety and al the parts have depth, they are worked out very well in my opinion.
    If you love story driven games with good gameplay this is the game for you, and if your like some good old music then, this game couldn't be better.
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  4. Aug 29, 2016
    8
    Wow.....a game that touches on some very controversial issues and people get offended by it. Already this is looking pretty good. Onto theWow.....a game that touches on some very controversial issues and people get offended by it. Already this is looking pretty good. Onto the review then

    Pros:
    -The game's graphic style while not brilliant it's certainly unique. It kinda mixes cell shaded with cartoon graphics and it manages to look if not good at least decent
    -the gameplay is really good. In this game you play as a CEO of some sorts of a police station and you need to gather enough money in 180 days for your retirement. Will you do this by solving crimes and helping people which will literally take for **** ever. Or will you help the mafia do murders and kill cops so you can get that paycheck as soon as possible. it's all up to you and the game makes you do some really **** up decisions when times get desperate. unfortunately it's not all bread and butter here.

    Cons:
    -I might be the only one who's gonna admit this but the game can get super repetitive after a while. You're just doing the same **** over and over and while the crime scenes or the way the crime happened might be different the way you react to it is the same. you send a cop car to investigate and depending on how good your officers are you might get or you might get ****.

    So in conclusion This is the Police is a really fun and though provoking game at certain aspects of the story. if you like mature storytelling mixed in with a pretty fun all though sometimes repetitive gameplay the this is the game for you
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  5. Feb 28, 2018
    8
    A great indie title. Recommended at the current price on sale (and anything under 10 Euros).

    Pros: + Good story + Great artstyle +
    A great indie title. Recommended at the current price on sale (and anything under 10 Euros).

    Pros:

    + Good story
    + Great artstyle
    + Clean and fluid UI
    + The choices you make impact the story and can cause you to fail or succeed the game
    + Diverse and original gameplay
    + Lots of content
    + The game mechanics expand over time
    + Great choice of music

    In the middle:

    +/- The voice acting is acceptable. It's not really convincing. However, this is a low budget title so I understand why this is the case.
    +/- The cutscenes aren't really cutscenes. It's a comic book format, where there's a few pictures on screen which simulate the sense of progression of time (i.e. a picture of a closed door, followed by a knocking sound, followed by a second picture appearing of the door opening). However, there's still sounds like doors opening, conversations and such, as if there should be a cutscene. This was confusing at first, but it's a design choice by the developers.

    Cons:

    - The detective investigations in this game are a con for me. First of all, it's very hard at times, and there doesn't seem to be a way to cancel an investigation, so if you don't get any more evidence, your detectives will work every shift on.... nothing.

    This is just nitpicking though.

    Overall it's a great experience, and the price I bought it at (7,49 Euros on the Summer Sale) is most definitely justified. I'm not sure about the full price though.
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  6. Feb 17, 2018
    7
    solid gameplay, solid writing. great attention to detail
    impressed on all accounts.
    personally i got a bit unstimulated after a while by the
    solid gameplay, solid writing. great attention to detail
    impressed on all accounts.
    personally i got a bit unstimulated after a while by the gameplay and wouldve wanted it to end like 60% sooner ).
    if they provided with an option to play story mode it woudlve been great
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  7. Aug 16, 2016
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game starts with a very interesting story and characters, the gameplay is simple but very fun, as you go along, the plot thickens, but then it's also when everything starts to go to ****

    In the end, notihng you do matters, you get a **** ending and you are out of the game, you can't continue to play unless you start from scratch. It doesn't matter how you played, how good you did or anything, you get thrown out and then you can uninstall or play again. I uninstalled.

    Apart from that, there are a lot of errors that made playing quite annoying, like typos on investigations,,, those BROKE the game, as it made it impossible to figure out the frames you had to put in unless you looked it up or played with all of the possible combinations. Some investigations just give you **** all info that are no help at all, but I guess that's realistic, so I'm not TOO mad about it.

    Another huge design flaw is the fact that the ACCEPT button is RED and REFUSE is BLUE... how does that make sense? I almost clicked the wrong button many times and I've seen some youtubers actually **** up a lot because of that, and it's obvious as to why, the colour code makes no sense.

    In the end, it's a fun game that lasts for a little while, but I'd say it's not worth the money nor time.
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