Lost In Translation/Special Criminal Investigation

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Special Criminal Investigation
Special Criminal Investigation marquee.
No screen shot.
Special Criminal Investigation control panel.
Manufacturer Taito Corporation Japan
Released 1989
2-way Joystick
Analog joystick
6 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 240 pixels
60.00 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 21 ROMs
6,619,648 bytes (6.31 MiB)
MAME ID sci · scia · sciu

About The Game

Special Criminal Investigation is chase-view arcade video driving game.

A direct sequel to 1988's "Chase H.Q.", S.C.I. once again puts the player in charge of an unmarked police car - this time a Nissan 300ZX T-Top Turbo - in which the player must chase and capture a criminal mastermind before the time limit expires. Graphically, S.C.I. is very similar to its predecessor, although there are slight improvements with both a better use of colour and the introduction of some new weather effects; such as the rain on the first stage. Unlike the first game, the player is armed with a gun; this is used to take out criminals and roadblocks as the player races against the time limit, and also to capture the criminal mastermind and make an arrest before the time limit expires.


The car that you drive is a Nissan 300ZX T-Top Turbo.

Soundtrack releases :

  • S.C.I / Taito - Pony Canyon / Scitron - PCCB-00024 - Apr 21, 1990


The US version is slightly different, it has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.

Tips and tricks

A Generous Bug?

A little known trick (or is it a very generous bug?) to this game: Start a new game, and accelerate VERY slowly until your score reaches 90. Now STOP and just let the time run out. Once your game ends, don't continue, just let the timer run down. Once that happens, you'll notice that your score will SKY-ROCKET to the ridiculous amount of 76,543,210. Now go ahead and claim your top spot on the hi-score table (cheater!@#).


  1. Chase H.Q. (1988)
  2. S.C.I. - Special Criminal Investigation (1989)
  3. Super Chase - Criminal Termination (1992)
  4. Ray Tracers (1997, Sony PlayStation)
  5. Chase H.Q. 2 (2007)


Project Leader
George Jyuttute
Game Designers
Hiroyuki Sakou
Fumio Horiuchi
Eiji Nishikawa
George K-5
Yuichi Kikuchi
David Uematsu
Kazunori Sako
Character Designers
Oolong Yamada
Gyoza Ohmae
Kazumasa Fuseya
Neko Minako
Kohzoh Igarashi
Senba Takatsuna
Tetsuya Shinoda
Takayuki Ogawa
Sound Created By Team Zuntata
Takami Asano (Godiego)
Masahiro Yamaguchi
Yuzuru Yoshimura
Mechanical Designers
Itsuji Yamada
Kazuaki Sasaki
Takaaki Deguchi
Atsushi Iwaoka

Cabinet and Artwork


Box art for the Ocean port of Special Criminal Investigation.
NEC PC-Engine (1991)
Amstrad GX4000 (1991)
Sega Master System (1992)
Sega Mega Drive (1992, "Chase H.Q. II")
Sega Saturn (1996, "Chase H.Q. Plus S.C.I.")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 1") (Japan only)
Atari ST (1990)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1991, "Chase H.Q. II")
Amstrad CPC+ (1991)
Commodore C64 (1991)
Commodore Amiga ("Chase H.Q. II - Special Criminal Investigation", 1991, Ocean)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Special Criminal Investigation PCCB-00024[1] 1990-04-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Chase H.Q. / Special Criminal Investigation TOCT-6113[2] 1991-04-12 Toshiba EMI CD version.

External Links


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.