Lost Treasures

February 23, 2015

Techno Cop

Lost Treasures

TechnoCopAt one point in time, a Canadian company called Gray Matter was the largest video game development house in Canada. Headed by Chris Gray who is perhaps best known for co-designing the classic game Boulder Dash, Gray Matter started out as a small studio in Oakville Ontario and later grew to a much larger team producing a ton of hit video games including one of my favourites on the Commodore 64 – Infiltrator.

Gray Matter produced a game which was internally known by the name Enforcer. Designed on the Atari ST and Amiga, Enforcer was an ambitious project that combined an Outrun-meets-Roadblasters driving vibe mixed with a violent version of Elevator Action. I know this game well as I was actually initially involved in the Commodore 64 conversion
back in 1987 when the game was first in development.

Techno Cop Screen 2

Commercially known as Techno Cop in its eventual 1988 release and available on the Amiga, Atari ST, Apple II, Commodore 64 and DOS the game was also eventually ported over to the Sega Genesis. An NES release was planned but ultimately cancelled.

While Techno Cop didn’t win any awards at the time it was still an interesting mix of driving combat combined with on-foot side-scrolling shooting that doesn’t get as much recognition as it should in my opinion. Although I saw a lot of things in the development of the game that were eventually cut (for example, you could roll barrels out of the back of your car at enemies) it still makes for a fun action game.

Techno Cop Screen

If you are going to hunt down a copy to play I’d recommend either the Genesis or Amiga versions as they are definitely the best looking. A final bit of trivia for you: the artist for this game eventually went on to work on the Polar Express, one of my favourite Christmas movies.

So check out Techno Cop on an emulator near you. Until next time, I’m Syd Bolton your gaming archelogist digging up the lost treasures for you, right here on OMG! Nexus and The OMG! Hour.



About the Author

Syd Bolton
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games as Canada’s top video game collector at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He plays all of the latest games on his 80" Sharp TV and provides the "Lost Treasures" segment during The OMG! Hour. Follow Syd on Twitter @sydbolton.




 
 

 

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