PS4 Review: Chicken Police – Paint it RED!

November 17, 2020 by  

Cluck, cluck – That’s the sound of da police…

Sonny Featherland and Marty MacChicken were once legendary detective partners in Clawville PD. Predatory division, nicknamed as the Chicken Police. But that was a decade ago and time had passed them by… Sonny is a semi-alcoholic wreck of a bird on paid leave, while Marty still hides behind the facade of a star-detective.

Chicken Police is perhaps the most bizarre concept I’ve seen in a long time. A detective noir story that blends in the likes of LA Confidential, LA Noire and Sin City but has the city full of animal-human hybrids in a point-and-click adventure with funny and serious tones. I’m honestly still baffled as to how this idea was even formed and I don’t know whether to laugh or take it seriously, perhaps both?

In either case, Chicken Police is one of those gritty crime stories that works well despite the obvious crazy nature of the game. The story itself is well told and can stand tall against the other noir stories out there, which is just clucking mad to contemplate but it does and it does it well. 2020 has been the strangest year I have ever known and this is definitely the strangest game I’ve played for years so it kind of balances out the crazy.

In terms of graphic adventure/point-and-click games, Chicken Police doesn’t break any new ground but it does more than enough to please fans of the genre. The art style is superb and works really well within the setting and gameplay, making it a great match overall. I love these types of games so I can only hope that with the tagline “Paint in Red” that THQ Nordic are hoping to turn this into a franchise. We can only wait and see at this point, but I really hope so.

The Verdict

Chicken Police is the craziest concept for a game I’ve seen in years, but as a point-and-click game alone it works really well and the story, mad as it is…is great and worthy of being a noir story. You’ll end up with egg on your face if you don’t give this game a clucking chance…

Score: 8.5

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