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Cisco Heat[a] is a 1990 arcade racing game developed and published by Jaleco.

Cisco Heat
Cisco Heat arcade flyer.jpg
North American arcade flyer
ICE Software
(Amiga/Atari ST/C64)
Moonstone Computing
(CPC/MS-DOS/ZX Spectrum)
Image Works
(Amiga/Atari ST/C64/CPC/MS-DOS/ZX Spectrum)
Mode(s)Single-player, co-op, multiplayer (not in all versions)
CabinetDeluxe, upright
Arcade systemCisco Heat-based hardware
CPU(3x) 68000 (@ 10 MHz)[2]
SoundSound CPU:
68000 (@ 6 MHz),
Sound chips:[2]
YM2151 (@ 3 MHz), (2x) OKI6295 (@ 12 MHz)
DisplayRaster, 256 x 224 pixels (Horizontal)
5632 out of 65,536 palette colors [3]



The player takes on the role of an officer who must race his squad car through San Francisco in an attempt to win the first ever 'National Championship Police Car Steeplechase'. The gameplay is similar to that of other contemporary racing games, with a two-speed shifter and a chase view. A key difference from other arcade racing games at the time is that the roads have 90-degree turns.[4] It includes sights such as the famous trams and the Golden Gate Bridge. The player can pick from two police cars, one designed for power resembling the Cadillac Brougham, and another designed for handling resembling the Nissan 300ZX Z32.


In late 1991, versions for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum and PC were developed by ICE Software and released by Image Works, shortly before the Robert Maxwell-owned company folded. Stuart Campbell suggested that the Amiga version he played had little in common with the arcade game, but was a good game in its own right. An Atari Jaguar port of Cisco Heat was planned to be developed by Jaleco and published by Atari Corporation sometime in 1994, after Jaleco was signed by Atari Corp. to be a third-party developer for the system, but it was never released.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


Sinclair User reviewed the arcade game in its December 1990 issue, scoring it 94 out of 100.[4] Games-X later reviewed the Amiga, Atari ST and PC versions in its November 1991 issue, rating it 4 out of 5.[13] The Commodore 64 port was one of the lowest scoring games in the history of the system, receiving 12% from Commodore Format magazine.


  1. ^ Japanese: シスコ ヒート Hepburn: Shisuko Hīto?, Also known as Cisco Heat: All American Police Car Race.


  1. ^ "シスコヒート" (in Japanese). Famitsu. Archived from the original on 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  2. ^ a b "Cisco Heat [2-Seater model]". Archived from the original on 2018-09-12. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
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  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2019-01-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Other Stuff". GameFan. Vol. 1 no. 10. Shinno Media. September 1993. pp. 166–167.
  6. ^ "News - La Jaguar ronronne - On attend sur Jaguar". Génération 4 (in French). No. 64. Computec Media France. March 1994. p. 32. Archived from the original on 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  7. ^ Halverson, Dave (May 1994). "Jaguar's Domain". GameFan. Vol. 2 no. 6. Shinno Media. pp. 90–92.
  8. ^ "Warpzone - Demnächst für Eure Konsolen". Video Games (in German). No. 30. Future-Verlag. May 1994. p. 79. Archived from the original on 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  9. ^ "The Game Fan 32Bit System Shoot Out - Who Will Lead Us Into The Next Generation?". GameFan. Vol. 2 no. 7. Shinno Media. June 1994. pp. 146–147.
  10. ^ "ProNews: Jaguar Licensee Count Grows". GamePro. No. 59. IDG. June 1994. p. 184. Archived from the original on 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  11. ^ "Warpzone - Jaguar - Angekündigte Jaguar-Spiele". Video Games (in German). No. 32. Future-Verlag. July 1994. p. 32. Archived from the original on 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  12. ^ Lethaus, Martin (March 31, 1995). " › LIST OF GAMES AND DATES?". Google Groups. Archived from the original on 2011-01-22. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  13. ^ Sharp, Brian (November 28, 1991). Cisco Heat (review of Amiga, Atari ST and PC versions - rated 4/5). Games-X, p. 19.

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