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Chase H.Q. (チェイスH.Q.?, "Chase Headquarters") is a 1988 arcade racing game, released by Taito. It is a spiritual successor of Taito's 1987 Full Throttle. The player assumes the role of a police officer named Tony Gibson, member of the "Chase Special Investigation Department." Along with his partner, Raymond Broady, he must stop fleeing criminals in high-speed pursuits.
The game was well received in the gaming industry resulting in three arcade-based sequels being released; Special Criminal Investigation (1989), Super Chase: Criminal Termination (1992) and Chase H.Q. 2 (2007). Two spin-offs were also released: Crime City (1989) and Quiz H.Q. (1990).
The game was ported to many home computers by Ocean Software in 1989, and included versions for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Amiga and Atari ST. Taito released versions of the game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (1989), Game Boy (1990), Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear (1991), and TurboGrafx-16 (1992). It was released for PlayStation 2 in Japan in 2007 as part of Taito Memories II Volume 2.
Ocean released versions of the game for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga and Atari ST in 1989. Most versions were received poorly, but the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC conversions received very high review scores and are generally recognised as the most accurate and most playable of the Ocean releases. The ZX Spectrum version was voted number 1 in the Your Sinclair Readers' Top 100 Games of All Time. Crash magazine gave the game 95%, while Sinclair User awarded it 90%. The Spectrum version of the game went to number 2 in the UK sales charts, behind Rainbow Islands.
Taito released ports (known as Taito Chase H.Q.) for the Famicom (1989), Game Boy (1990/1991), Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear (both 1991), and TurboGrafx-16 (1992). It was released in Japan as Super H.Q. on the Sega Mega Drive and Chase H.Q. II on the Sega Genesis, with some minor changes, including alternative player vehicles. A pirate cartridge for the Famicom and a rare pirate version for the Nintendo Entertainment System it was titled "City Power H.Q."
In Dec 1990, the game was included on the Wheels Of Fire compilation, which also featured Hard Drivin, Power Drift and Turbo OutRun. In Jun 1991, the game was released on the Power Up compilation, which also featured Altered Beast, Turrican and Rainbow Islands.
In 1993, Taito released Super Chase H.Q. (known in Japan as Super H.Q. Criminal Chaser) for the Super NES. Unlike other home versions, it is played in first person perspective and is based upon Super Chase: Criminal Termination rather than the original Chase H.Q.. Gameplay is modeled on the original with some aspects of S.C.I. incorporated. There is also a Super Chase H.Q. for the Game Boy, which was released exclusively in North America, in 1994. The game is similar to the Game Boy's Taito Chase H.Q. (1991).
In 1996, Taito released an emulation of the arcade original for the Sega Saturn in Japan, bundled together with Special Criminal Investigation on one disc.
In 2000, Chase H.Q. Secret Police was released for the Game Boy Color.
In July 2008, the TurboGrafx-16 version of the game was re-released on the Wii Virtual Console.
A spin-off was released in 1989 titled Crime City. The game play deviates from the traditional third-person driving and is instead a side scrolling type shooter.