Against all Odds
Rebel Cops is a spin-off of another Weappy Studio game titled This is the Police. But while that game focuses more on story elements and management, Rebel Cops has the player take a more direct approach in the war on crime.
The game has you take control of a ragtag team of cops fighting to take back their town from a criminal organization. They operate just outside the law willing to do whatever it takes to bring the bad guys to justice. Rebel Cops also has its fair share of humor, a character named Conrad “Old” Spice getting more than a few chuckles out of me. They do a good job at walking the fine line between cheesy and dramatic.
But where Rebel Cops excels most of all is in its gameplay.
As said before, Rebel Cops is a lot more direct with its gameplay than This is the Police. Most of your time will be spent on missions where you’ll engage in direct combat with suspects. The goal of the game is to complete each mission with as little bloodshed as possible. Taking a stealthier approach by knocking out and arresting enemies will earn you a good reputation with the townsfolk. Best they see you as better than the criminals and not a pack of deranged killers.
With each mission comes side objectives, limitations, timed goals and much more. Balancing all this out results in a difficult but rewarding experience which will leave you replaying missions for that perfect run.
In a lot of ways, I found the game to be like the Xcom series, both being turn-based tactics games. Also, both games have you run missions and return to a hub where you reap rewards based on your mission performance. However, where Rebel Cops falls behind is found in the characters you control. A high degree of customization in Xcom allows you to grow attached to your soldiers, but in Rebel Cops, every officer is too similar. Some degree of customization would have been a nice addition to the game.
Hell of a Ride
Minor grievances aside, Rebel Cops is an exciting introduction into Weappy Studio’s brand of games. The noir-like music focuses your mind and the graphics are smooth and enjoyable to look at. The difficult but fair combat reminds me why I fell in love with strategy games. Because when the odds are stacked against you yet your plan works, there’s few better feelings in the world.
Tough fights, good humor and great presentation makes Rebel Cops the perfect game to fill that turn-based strategy shaped hole in your heart.
Is it Hardcore?
Great gameplay, story, music and graphics leaves Rebel Cops as more than just a spin-off, but its own enjoyable entity. Some more customization would have been appreciated though.