A.P.B. - ALL POINTS BULLETIN

HIDDEN MESSAGE: The initials “AM” appear in the mouth of one of the criminals (picture #1), as well as the initials “AJM” on the hat of another (picture #2). There’s also a steam locomotive with the name “MURPHY” on the side of it. These are all for artist Alan Murphy. {Alan Murphy}

The default initials on the high score table (picture #3) all stand for Atari employees:
1 DFT – Dave Theurer
2 MLH – Mike Hally
3 AJM – Alan J. Murphy
4 MLW – Mark West
5 BAF – Brad Fuller
6 HLC – Hal Cannon
7 EAR – Earl Vickers
8 RDB – ?
9 DFT – Dave Theurer
10 MLH – Mike Hally

Warps: If you hold down the FIRE button while pushing SIREN to start the game, you’ll have the option to warp from any day from 1 to 8. Press GUN+SIREN and start to get a level 1-16 warp.

If you are having problems catching up to an APB, simply stop and he/she will drive off the screen and re-appear right behind you in a couple of seconds (this works real well on narrow, crowded roads).

When making the APB confess, be sure to tap one gun and one siren button. If you tap both gun or siren buttons, they will cancel each other out.

You can arrest common criminals faster if you have the gun by tapping both the siren and gun at the same time (just be sure you are aiming right at them).

List of criminals:
Day 03, FREDDY FREAK, Small town USA bar (1000 dollars)
Day 05, CANDY GOODBODY, Dead man Corner bar (2000 dollars)
Day 07, BERNIE GASMAN, Highway 20 Forest Bar (3000 dollars)
Day 09, PHILLIP FUSE, Highway 30 overpass (4000 dollars)
Day 11, COOL HAND DUKE, Highway 00 in drinkerstown (5000 dollars)
Day 13, BUZZ GEIGER, Highway 40 past GasnGrub (6000 dollars)
Day 15, JOE KORNCOB, Highway 44 near GasnGrub (7000 dollars)
Day 17, LUIGI DE MUCCIO, Highway 50 at Milk Toast (8000 dollars)
Day 19, DICK SLOB, Highway 70 near aquaduct (9000 dollars)
Day 21, IGGY DINGDONG, Highway 70 (10000 dollars)
Day 23, JUAN FINGERS, Highway 70 Alpine Flats (11000 dollars)
Day 25, HANS OOP, Highway 99 Cactus Falls (12000 dollars)
Day 27, FAKE FRANK, Highway 10 Police Station (13000 dollars)
Day 29, SID SNIPER, Highway 70 overpass (14000 dollars)
Day 31, BILLY BOB JACK, Highway 50 near bar (15000 dollars)

Along the road you’ll see billboards for other Atari games – Paperboy, Gauntlet, Championship Sprint, and I, Robot (pictures #4 and #5). You can see all of them on the first day. Leave the station and take the first right.

BUG: If you stop in front of a train, it will push you down the tracks and into the wood, where you end up permanently stuck (picture #6). Also, you’ll hear various (voice) sound effects continuously playing.

RUMOR: According to a booklet that came with the Feb 1988 issue of Computers and Video Games magazine, there’s a bug that can get you a lot of points. It's described as follows, “When you find the train, get in front of it, and let it push you across the screen. It will shove you through a lot of rubbish, and after a while you will get millions of points”. The bug can’t be reproduced either on a real machine or in MAME, as of yet.
 

 

 

   

 


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