Special Criminal Investigation

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Special Criminal Investigation
Publisher: Taito
System(s): Sega Master System
Genre: Racing

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
£29.99[1] 7079
Sega Master System
?F 7079
Sega Master System
DM ? 7079
Sega Master System
?Ptas 7079
Sega Master System
$? ?
Sega Master System

Special Criminal Investigation, known often simply as S.C.I., is a action-driving game released by Taito for the arcades in 1989. It was subsequently ported a variety of consoles and computers including the Sega Master System in 1992. Special Criminal Investigation is a sequel to Chase H.Q., with some versions of the game going so far as to call it Chase H.Q. II: Special Criminal Investigation. Aside from being part of the same series, it is unrelated to the Sega Mega Drive game Chase H.Q. II.

Special Criminal Investigation is very similar to Chase H.Q. but contains a few key differences - two directional traffic, the ability to fire (and be fired at) and helicopters which occasionally fly by to drop off extra ammo.

Predictably the Master System version takes a hit both in the audio and graphical departments. Many of the special effects are also cut.

Magazine articles

Main article: Special Criminal Investigation/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
61 №133, p28[1]
60 №18, p37[3]
57 №13
62 №31, p150
26 №2, p72/73[2]
62 №35, p42/43
60 №46, p101[4]
54 №14, p32/33
60 №10, p8[5]
Sega Master System
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, EU
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Master System, AU

Master System, KR
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