Park Patrol was released primarily on the Commodore 64 although for the European market it was also converted to the Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum. That is part of what makes it such a lost treasure – being only on a single platform in North America, the game didn’t get a lot of coverage but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth digging up.
Park Patrol was one of the first games to allow you to choose your role as either a male or female character. The aim was to clean up the rubbish from the water and shoreline. You had a hut which contained food that you needed to keep up your energy and in the water you had a little dinghy with an outboard motor that you could cruise around in.
You had enemies like turtles and snakes that made it increasingly difficult to stay alive. The game also featured music that was composed in part by Russell Lieblich who did the music and design on some other games including Master of the Lamps and he also contributed to the music in Ballblazer.
While relatively simple in design, this game was a lot of fun if you invested the time to play it. Since it was a little obscure at the time not too many people have even heard of it, but I would recommend giving it a try. Unless you have a Commodore 64 laying around the house, you are liking going to have to pull out an emulator but that’s pretty easy to do these days.
Until next time, I’m Syd Bolton your gaming archaeologist digging up the lost treasures for you, right here on OMG! Nexus and The OMG! Hour.