This Is the Police is a game about a mostly-honest cop named Jack, the chief of a small-town police force, who's been unceremoniously told by the entirely-corrupt mayor that he'll be out of a job in 180 days. Jack's retirement carries a pretty hefty price tag: He needs to have $500,000 in his account before he's shown the door in order to finance the lifestyle he's accustomed to. What will he do to get it?
The obvious answer is, he'll do what he has to: Take a few bribes, run a few guns, maybe drop a hot tip to the right people now and then. Or maybe not. Corruption is a choice, after all, and not a destiny. Jack may even be capable of a certain amount of introspection that could round off some of his more jagged temptations. And of course, looming forced retirement notwithstanding, he still has to be a cop, with all the responsibilities, decisions, and consequences that entails. Whichever way he goes, there are risks and rewards—and rules that must be followed.
This is the Police had a successful run through Kickstarter early last year, and by all appearances the work is coming along quite nicely. I really like the visual style, and if the narrator's voice has a familiar ring, it's likely because it's coming from Jon St. John, better known as the man behind Duke Nukem. He clearly won't be portraying that kind of character in this game, though: There's an obvious element of dark comedy here, but some of the screens are just flat-out dark.