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chasehqj: MAME ROM Information.


Chase H.Q. (c) 1988 Taito.

A single player takes on the role on an undercover cop and gets behind the wheel of a custom Porsche in this Miami Vice-inspired racer from Taito. The player has 60 seconds to catch up to the criminal and then a further 60 seconds to ram his car until it is too damaged to drive.

Like Sega's seminal "Out Run", Chase H.Q. features forked junctions offering players a choice of routes; in this game, however, the route selected is merely a temporary diversion and dictates how quickly the criminal is caught up with. The player's Porsche is equipped with a limited number of turbo boosts which, when used, push the car to incredible speeds - at the expense of control. The turbos must be used wisely if the player is to have a chance of capturing the criminal before the time limit expires.

Chase H.Q. was arguably the first sprite-scaled racer since Sega's legendary "Out Run" - released 2 years' earlier - to truly capture the gaming public's imagination. The game consists of 5 levels.


Taito Z System hardware

Prom Stickers : B52

Main CPU : (2x) 68000

Sound CPU : Z80

Sound Chips : YM2610

Players : 1

Control : Steering wheel + 2 Pedal

Buttons : 2


Released in November 1988.

The names main characters of chase H.Q. are as follows...

The Caucasian cop : Tony Gibson

The African-American cop (A.K.A. Mr. Driver) : Raymond Broady

Chase H.Q.'s Dispatcher : Nancy (she doesn't have a last name)

The main player's car (the black Porsche) makes an appearance in the spin-off to the Chase H.Q. series : "Crime City".

Brian Kuh holds the official record for this game with 3,596,680 points on June 1, 2006.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Syvalion : G.S.M. Taito 3 - D28B0014) on 21/03/1989.


The Japanese version has different voices.


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)


Game designer : Hiroguki Sakou

Game programmers : Takeshi Ishizashi, Takeshi murata, Kyoji Shimamoto

P.C.B designer : Masahiro Yamaguchi

Sound designers : Yoshio Imamura, Naoto Yagishita, Eikichi Takahashi, Fumiaki Imaoka

Music composer : Takami Asano

Cabinet designer : Nobuyuki Iwasaki

Proposer : Yoshiharu suzuki


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1989)

NEC PC-Engine (1989)

Nintendo Game Boy (1990)

Sega Master System (1991)

Sega Game Gear (1991) : Japan version only.

Sega Saturn (1996, "Chase H.Q. Plus S.C.I.")

Nintendo Game Boy Color (2000, Chase H.Q.: Secret Police)

Sony PlayStation 2 [JP] (2007, "Taito Memories II Gekan [Model SLPM-66713]")

Nintendo Wii (2008; As a Turbo Grafx-16 Virtual Console release)

* Computers :

Amstrad CPC (1989)

Commodore Amiga (1989)

Atari ST (1989)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990)

Commodore C64 (1990)

FM Towns PC (1991)

Sharp X68000 (1992)

* Others :

Mobile Phones (2004)


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.53 [David Graves]

0.37b11 [David Graves]

Artwork available


- 0.143u4: MASH added missing PORT_TOGGLE to 'Chase H.Q.' gear shifters input.

- 8th June 2009: Guru - Chips for decapping from Chase HQ arrived. Thanks to Smitdogg.

- 0.130u3: Smitdogg added clone Chase H.Q. (US).

- 0.129u6: Mr. Do added built-in layouts for Chase H.Q. (World).

- 0.124u2: Added 3rd sound channel and 4x Volume Filters.

- 26th August 2007: Mr. Do - Thanks to the generosity of Star Worlds Arcade (and Italie's scanner), Chase HQ has full artwork, including (mostly) working flashing lamps in the marquee. Thanks to R. Belmont and Couriersud for working out the beginning of the lamp support in the driver, and to Jcroach for vectoring the marquee, with color matching by Ad_Enuff. For those that simply need more screen real estate, I included two extra views, to include just the marquee or just the bezel, also.

- 0.118u3: R. Belmont and Couriersud hooked up lamps in Chase H.Q.

- 0.106u12: MASH added plds ($0 - 2800) to Chase H.Q. and clone (Japan).

- 0.84: Brian Troha improved dipswitches in Chase HQ.

- 0.67: Changed parent and clone descriptions to 'Chase H.Q.'.

- 0.57: Added 3rd and 4th player input.

- 0.56: Stefan Jokisch fixed a bug in the YM2610 sound chip emulation which caused missing sounds in Chase H.Q.

- 0.55: Added 8x user2 roms (unused) and fixed rom names.

- 0.53: David Graves added Chase HQ (World) (Taito 1988) and clone (Japan).

- 0.37b11: David Graves added Chase HQ (World) (Testdriver) and clone (Japan). Known issues: No road. Wheel control poor-ish. Mask sprites not implemented, refer to Raine code...

- 10th May 1999: Dumped Chase H.Q. (World).


- Player controls an unmarked police car, and must engage in a pursuit of the criminal car, after the target has been sighted, the player has to smash the enemy vehicle.


Other Emulators:

* FB Alpha

* Raine

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Cops'n Robbers

Lupin III


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Street Heat

Jail Break

APB - All Points Bulletin

Chase H.Q.

Special Criminal Investigation

Special Criminal Investigation (Tourvision PCE bootleg)

Super Chase

Round Up 5 - Super Delta Force

Gang Busters



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Robocop 3 (Nintendo Super System)

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Lucky & Wild

Judge Dredd (rev LA1, prototype)

Judge Dredd (Rev C Dec. 17 1997)

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Virtua Cop

Virtua Cop 2

Virtua Cop 3

Die Hard Arcade / Dynamite Deka

Asian Dynamite / Dynamite Deka EX

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Dynamite Cop

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Silent Scope 2

Silent Scope EX

SWAT Police

Romset: 8530 kb / 52 files / 3.42 zip

MAME XML Output:

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              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="12000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="Z80" clock="4000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="sub" name="68000" clock="12000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="front" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rear" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="subwoofer" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2610" clock="8000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="2610.1.r" name="Volume Filter"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="2610.1.l" name="Volume Filter"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="2610.2.r" name="Volume Filter"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="2610.2.l" name="Volume Filter"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="320" height="240" refresh="60.000000" />
              <sound channels="3"/>
              <input players="1" buttons="4" coins="2" tilt="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="2"/>
                     <control type="stick" minimum="0" maximum="255" sensitivity="50" keydelta="15"/>
              <dipswitch name="Cabinet" tag="DSWA" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="Upright / Steering Lock" value="3" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Upright / No Steering Lock" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Full Throttle Convert, Cockpit" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Full Throttle Convert, Deluxe" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="DSWA" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Demo Sounds" tag="DSWA" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="8" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin A" tag="DSWA" mask="48">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="48" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/3 Credits" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="32"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin B" tag="DSWA" mask="192">
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/1 Credit" value="64"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/1 Credit" value="192" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2 Coins/3 Credits" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="1 Coin/2 Credits" value="128"/>
              <dipswitch name="Difficulty" tag="DSWB" mask="3">
                     <dipvalue name="Easy" value="2"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Medium" value="3" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hard" value="1"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Hardest" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Timer Setting" tag="DSWB" mask="12">
                     <dipvalue name="70 Seconds" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="65 Seconds" value="4"/>
                     <dipvalue name="60 Seconds" value="12" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="55 Seconds" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Turbos Stocked" tag="DSWB" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="16" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="5" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Discounted Continue Play" tag="DSWB" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Damage Cleared at Continue" tag="DSWB" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="64" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Allow Continue" tag="DSWB" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="128" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Steering type" tag="FAKE" mask="16">
                     <dipvalue name="Digital" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="Analogue" value="0" default="yes"/>
              <driver status="imperfect" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="imperfect" savestate="supported" palettesize="4096"/>

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