Saturday 6 May 2023

Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop (Atari Lynx review)

Developer: Knight Technologies
Publisher: Atari Corporation
Released: 1992

Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop is a side-scrolling beat-em-up that's exclusive to the Atari Lynx.

+ Rhythmic quality to the action and quickly recognising enemy types and their attack patterns is strangely hypnotic.

+ Graphics are outrageously detailed (particularly in the backgrounds and flooring) and the cut-scene animation is terrific.

+ Recognisable locales like the Subway help to create a dark, gritty battleground for your missions.

- Ammo is in extremely short supply and the times where you need to resort to your weak fists results in unavoidable damage.

- Each stage features a small handful of enemy types which quickly makes each level feel repetitive.

- Only affords you a single life and if you see the Game Over screen the action locks up until you power off/on!

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