Chase H.Q.

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  • Sega Game Gear
    US
  • Sega Game Gear
    JP

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Chase H.Q.
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Master System
Sega
Sega Game Gear
Taito
Developer:
Genre: Racing[1][2], Arcade[3]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
EU
7038
Sega Master System
FR
329F329[6] 7038
Sega Master System
UK
£29.9929.99[4][5] 7038
Sega Master System
SE
(Rental)
Sega Master System
AU
FCHA06SEC
Sega Master System
MX
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,800 (3,914)3,800e[7] T-11017
Sega Game Gear
US
T-11018
Non-Sega versions

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Chase H.Q., often known as Taito Chase H.Q. (タイトーチェイスH.Q.) is an action-driving game developed by Taito. Originally released in arcades, it was ported to the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear.

Two sequels, Special Criminal Investigation and Chase H.Q. II were released for the Sega Master System and Sega Mega Drive, respectively.

Gameplay

Players take control of two police detectives as they attempt to capture criminals who are fleeing the city with their high speed cars. After evading other cars and obstacles and finally reaching the target, players must cause enough damage to fugitive vehicle before the time limit to finish the stage. While attacking from behind also works, hitting from sides causes most damage. Turbo boosts can be used (limitedly, 3 in each stage) for short time maximum speed.

A shop system exists in which players can purchase upgrades for their cars, for example bumpers to cause more damage, an extra turbo boost for the next stage, engine power-ups, and so on.

The game restarts from beginning with more difficult targets after all five stages are completed.

The Sega versions of Chase H.Q. are inspired by the original arcade version, but make a number of changes to gameplay (such as the addition of extra power-ups) and make huge cutbacks on graphical detail. Such changes likely make for a smoother experience on the Master System, but a less accurate one. The opposite case can be seen in Ocean Software's 8-bit home computer ports released around the same time (particularly the highly acclaimed Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum versions), which sacrifice speed in favour of visuals.

Versions

The Game Gear version of the game runs in the system's Master System compatibility mode.[9]

Magazine articles

Main article: Chase H.Q./Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Master System version

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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #103: "June 1990" (1990-05-16)
also published in:
  • ACE (UK) #33: "June 1990" (1990-05-xx)[10]
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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #104: "July 1990" (1990-06-16)
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Print advert in Guida Video Giochi (IT) #13: "Luglio/Agosto 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #105: "August 1990" (1990-07-16)
also published in:
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Print advert in Pixel (GR) #74: "Fevrouários 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #111: "February 1991" (1991-01-16)

Game Gear version

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-02: "February 1991" (1991-01-08)
also published in:
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-04: "April 1991" (1991-03-08)

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
61 [13]
65 [14]
Sega Master System
63
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
67
[15]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
83
[16]
Complete Guide to Consoles (UK)
86
[17]
The Complete Guide to Sega (UK) PAL
86
[18]
Console XS (UK) PAL
72
[19]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
83
[20]
Game Mania (UK)
86
[21]
Gamers (DE)
67
[22]
The Games Machine (UK)
55
[23]
Joystick (FR)
93
[24]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
50
[25]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
86
[26]
Player One (FR)
70
[27]
Power Play (DE)
33
[28]
S: The Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
70
[29]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
50
[30]
Sega Pro (UK)
76
[31]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
72
[32]
Tilt (FR)
85
[33]
Zero (UK)
85
[34]
Sega Master System
73
Based on
20 reviews

Chase H.Q.

Master System, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, EU (Sega®)
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Cover
Master System, SE (Rental)
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Cover
Master System, AU
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Cover
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Cart
Master System, AU (Classics)
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Cover
Master System, MX
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Cover
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Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
ACE (UK) NTSC
50
[35]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
63
[36]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
90
[37]
Game Mania (UK)
85
[38]
Games-X (UK) PAL
64
[39]
Games-X (UK)
70
[40]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
60
[41]
Joystick (FR)
83
[42]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
87
[43]
Play Time (DE)
80
[44]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC-U
74
[45]
Sega Pro (UK) NTSC
74
[46]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
52
[47]
Zero (UK)
62
[48]
Sega Game Gear
71
Based on
14 reviews

Chase H.Q.

Game Gear, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 85cfc9c9
MD5 08511c5cf0df0941b10ebf28050afe51
SHA-1 495e3ced83ccd938b549bc76905097dba0aaf32b
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 7bb81e3d
MD5 3cd1a4c27e330bba7703ee22ac83b856
SHA-1 b757b45a07ae6530443862e0eca547e16c23b4a3
128kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 c8381def
MD5 c72556c76d431b545dd56bdcc536a89f
SHA-1 6d6209c642b854eaa43da81b311c04a7579d9a17
128kB Cartridge (US)

References

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  1. File:ChaseHQ GG JP Box Front.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/soft_licensee.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-01-01 20:24)
  3. File:ChaseHQ SMS EU Box NoR.jpg
  4. Raze, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-07-25), page 76
  5. Computer & Video Games, "June 1990" (UK; 1990-05-16), page 105
  6. Player One, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 45
  7. Beep! MegaDrive, "April 1991" (JP; 1991-03-08), page 70
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 33
  9. https://www.smspower.org/Tags/SMS-GG
  10. ACE, "June 1990" (UK; 1990-05-xx), page 28
  11. Computer & Video Games, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-16), page 80
  12. Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1991" (JP; 1991-02-08), page 70
  13. Computer + Video Giochi, "Giugno 1991" (IT; 1991-xx-xx), page 88
  14. Hobby Consolas, "Marzo 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 30
  15. Aktueller Software Markt, "Avril 1990" (DE; 1990-03-30), page 55
  16. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume Two" (UK; 1990-04-xx), page 20
  17. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 94
  18. The Complete Guide to Sega, "" (UK; 1991-05-xx), page 54
  19. Console XS, "June/July 1992" (UK; 1992-04-23), page 139
  20. Computer & Video Games, "June 1990" (UK; 1990-05-16), page 94
  21. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 81
  22. Gamers, "Dezember/Januar 1993" (DE; 1992-11-19), page 103
  23. The Games Machine, "September 1990" (UK; 1990-08-xx), page 62
  24. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1990" (FR; 1990-06-25), page 108
  25. Micromanía (segunda época), "Diciembre 1990" (ES; 1990-1x-xx), page 58
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 129
  27. Player One, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 44
  28. Power Play, "5/90" (DE; 1990-04-12), page 118
  29. S: The Sega Magazine, "June 1990" (UK; 1990-05-03), page 16
  30. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
  31. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 20
  32. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 70
  33. Tilt, "Septembre 1990" (FR; 1990-0x-xx), page 84
  34. Zero, "August 1990" (UK; 1990-0x-xx), page 79
  35. ACE, "November 1991" (UK; 1991-10-08), page 109
  36. Beep! MegaDrive, "April 1991" (JP; 1991-03-08), page 30
  37. Computer & Video Games, "September 1991" (UK; 1991-08-15), page 89
  38. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 70
  39. Games-X, "31st May-6th June 1991" (UK; 1991-05-31), page 37
  40. Games-X, "5th-11th March 1992" (UK; 1992-03-05), page 23
  41. Hippon Super, "April 1991" (JP; 1991-03-04), page 43
  42. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 190
  43. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 131
  44. Play Time, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-06), page 89
  45. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 38
  46. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 74
  47. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 88
  48. Zero, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 85


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Games in the Chase H.Q. series for Sega systems
Chase H.Q. (1990) | Chase H.Q. II (1992) | Special Criminal Investigation (1992) | Taito Chase H.Q. Plus S.C.I. (1996)