Thief (arcade game)

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Thief
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Developer: Pacific Novelty
Publisher: Pacific Novelty
Release date: 1981
Genre: Retro/Puzzle
Game modes: Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet: Standard
Controls: Joystick
Monitor
Orientation: Horizontal
Type: Raster, standard resolution
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Thief is a 1981 arcade video game which is extremely similar to Pac-Man.

The player operates a car being pursued by several blue police cars. The screen is littered with dollar bills which the player collects by running over them. There are also four special spaces near the corners of the screen (the equivalent of Pac-Man's energizers); hitting one of these causes the police cars to temporarily turn red. While the police cars are red the player can crash into them and score extra points; if contact with the police cars occurs at any other time the player loses a life. When all the dollar bills on one screen have been collected, the player advances to the next level.

Thief was notable for using recorded sounds of actual police radio communications as sound effects, which played in a continuous loop tape while the game was played.

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