AVGN: Dick Tracy

Mike Matei / September 16th, 2008

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  • King Kung Fu

    April 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    First! Ha ha. I remember being at my grandparents house and we rented this game.

    It pissed me off. It ruined my whole freakin weekend! What else was I going to do?!

  • denyeverything

    April 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Just noticed this got updated on the youtube site. awesome!

  • Clone436

    April 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    LOVE THIS EPISODE but dam if that game dosent look hard how the fuk are you supposed to get around town without getting killed by those snipers

    • July 6, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Oh you’re going to love this. The game developers were expecting the player to slowly drive around town, paying very close attention to the rooftops, stopping every half-block to get out and shoot a sniper off the roof. And you see that building with 4 snipers on the roof? That one was the worst of the lot. Yeah, I played this one as a kid too. Luckily we rented other games that weekend, ’cause Dick Tracy got played for about 15 minutes tops before my brothers and I tossed it aside.

  • jason24589

    April 30, 2010 at 3:56 am

    A fucking Madonna? Is that Madonna?

  • jason24589

    April 30, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Too much Dick! (Tracy) because kids say “dick” as a penis!

  • jason24589

    April 30, 2010 at 4:14 am

    William and Bill is for Bill Gates! (chairman of Microsoft!) Jim and James is I have no idea! (not James Rolfe!) and Richard and Dick? Its different starting with R and D!

  • SailoN

    May 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    The part where you shout in a pillow made me laugh my ass off, i did exactly the same when i got frustrated after hours of fruitless gaming.
    Great vid ;D

  • zombieplaydoh

    May 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    never really had this game but it almost seems as bad as simons quest

  • dcwombat

    June 15, 2010 at 12:38 am

    oh its dick alright mine as well be shit tracy the fuck files the go to hell edition

  • Mikazo

    July 9, 2010 at 1:59 am

    “Dick” is also a slang term for detective. What, never heard of the term “private dick?”

    • The Kaleidoscopic God

      April 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      A most amusing term, that.

  • kamakazi geek

    July 9, 2010 at 8:09 am

    the driving scene is worse than ghost busters on nes

  • Koter

    July 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Lol, I just bought the new Power Unlimited. (Dutch gaming magazine) and they made a special colum about movie games that sucked. When I looked I saw Dick Tracy on the list and they made a refrence about u James.

  • volt28

    July 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I cuss like you when I get frustrated with games. All you hear is fuck, motherfucker and godanm fucking piece of shit.
    This may be one of your angriest moments 😀

  • fumigena

    July 27, 2010 at 11:28 am

    i actually tried to play this game but i had the same issue as james.
    The damn snipers…

  • Ffffffffff

    July 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    The only thing I remember about this game is breaking my NES Advantage during the driving sequence. What a load of shit – the game and the controller.

  • DarkSlayer

    August 11, 2010 at 2:25 am

    I am really glad I passed up this game now. I heard about it when it came out but never got the chance to play it. I also really liked Dick Tracy when it came out in both the movies and the cartoon show and I also dressed up as Dick Tracy for Hallowen. How could they make this game? Nice review, James.

  • phoenix252005

    October 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I was really disappointed with this game too,and I was never the same since..psych! That game sucked!!

  • phoenix252005

    October 6, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Viva la Nerd!!!

  • October 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I loved this movie too. But I never laid my hands on that game,.. jajaj

  • phoenix252005

    October 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    You are one of the lucky ones my friend lol FUCK THIS GAME!!!

  • SpeedyEric

    October 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I’ve first seen “Dick Tracy” on TV when I was in 1st Grade (1993). I like the movie, but Dickard isn’t as tough as a detective as Batman. Also, this was the first movie where I was introduced to Madonna.

    I find the snipers both pointless and horrendous in a game like this. It’s just an anger indusing addition to have.

    I wonder how different the Genesis version of this game is.

    I like the updates James made in the YouTube version of this episode, including the one about the healt power-ups.

    Good thing that nowadays, we have good detective games like “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” Wait. Good? Arkham Asylume is actually GREAT. =D

    The ending is one of the best ending to an AVGN episode.

  • nate64

    November 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    no fuckin continues??……..wwwwhhhhyyyy!!!!! classic.

  • GWARior

    November 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    straight ass!

  • nomad175

    November 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    To be fair, I don’t consider the movie that good either. It had some good performances and a decent story, but it just didn’t resonate.

  • Kristine

    December 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I never saw the movie and ive wondered how dick came out of richard and i got this http://answers.ask.com/Reference/Other/why_is_dick_short_for_richard
    and dick meaning penis didnt come out til like the late 1800s i think, so this was b4 that meaning came out of it.

  • AVGNrocks2903

    January 4, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I lol’d when he got completely insane at the end. I think that that is his most angry moment yet.

  • damon

    April 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    @Mikazo- private dick, better than being a public dick.

  • rammstein81

    April 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    That Tracy is such a Dick!

  • ben 10 guy

    May 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    cowa-fuckng piece of dog dick i know that has nothing to do wit it but shit rhymes with dick

  • killamagnum

    May 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

    i found out how to use tht useless heart u were tlkin bout just hold select and press b or a

  • Otacon126

    June 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    What a shitty game, be a detective in video game is a great concept, but this way? Stupid game!

  • GameCubeFan2001

    June 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Well James, your dreams have come true. L.A. Noire is out. Like Dick Tracy, except it doesn’t suck dick, like Dick Tracy.

  • July 3, 2011 at 1:49 am

    To tell u the truth James i actually beaten Dick Tracy, yeah it took’d me a few fucking years and me and my brother yelled fuck alot but we beat it with heart trust and the internet here are the codes for u hard working gamers trying to beat Fucking Dick Hole Tracy

    Case Combination
    Case 2 207-119-060
    Case 3 164-003-201
    Case 4 036-224-136
    Final Case 007-215-047

  • Origin

    July 3, 2011 at 5:34 am

    If you haven’t already you should try LA Noire, its basically everything you said you wanted from the Dick Tracy game!

  • RandomDude

    July 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I remember having Dick Tracy for the Master System, and I recall it better than this shit.

    How about throwing in a followup?

  • Thesimsguy

    July 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    now that was an angry video game nerd freakout at the end!

  • Emo77100

    July 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    30 seconds no more dick

  • ITS ALIVE!!!!!

    July 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

    try LA NOIRE! I Guarantee you will find everything you wanted from DICk TRacy but did not get. (Mainly there aren’t snipers that murder you from the rooftops 😀 )

  • LegoUniverseFail98

    July 23, 2011 at 3:13 am

    I think I might know one main reason why it sucks.
    It’s made by the same fucking people who made Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

  • soa1981

    August 7, 2011 at 2:43 am

    DUMB DICKARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • greendayrock92

    August 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Played it today! So unfair!!! WHY ARE THERE NO FUCKING CONTINUES??? 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

    L.A Noire in NES form. Lol.

  • Fred Fuchs

    September 4, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Best AVGN ending, PERIOD.

  • JoshReid

    September 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm


  • Stepper85

    September 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Best AVGN rant / ending ever.

  • Blitzballgamer

    September 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    One thing I nerver get is… Well, do you actually destroy these games? Well, not the Nintento Tournament one. But what was with this one?

    • JuuVain1

      September 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      I think he has doubles of the games he destroys. Or then he REALLY hates the games 😀

      • Blitzballgamer

        September 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        @JuuVain1 Well, he really destroys only games he has twice or more times. He explains that in a video I watched yesterday. It was an question and answer vid. Watching it answered my question. Well thanks though.^^

  • Lman3000

    November 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

    you wanna play a good detectve game play la noris

    • RedSpace

      November 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      @Lman3000 la noris sounds like a Spanish game withe chuck noris.

    • CanofNothing

      December 7, 2011 at 12:47 am

      Or Miles Edgeworth’s investigation segments.

  • jesushchristma1

    December 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

    will we ever get rocketeer? I know that at this point old shitty unbeatable NES games are almost trite. Still, this is something that needs a solid internet video. “Cause there are shitloads of youtube videos of games that need prper roasting. Yep, I’m just going to go out ther and call what you’ve done roasting. If any programmer has watched one of these videos and felt a pang of regret, you have accomplished your original intent. You fucking invented an entire internet genre. You also redifine it. Tons of after the fact fuckier add gimmicks but you still have usurped them. Jesus Chirst. You totally get your own chapter in whatever the hell encyclopedias look like in the future.

    Holy shit you are influential. God damn. I don’t know if anyone reading this is aware of how much these first few AVGNs have steered the course of internet video but FUCK. I was a top contender to knock the fucker down a peg. Even now in his current fully formed status he isn’t the most photogenic fucker that you could have. BUT. On the other hand everybody that has been choose to be elevated” to “television” has that same “failed actor” biography. Contrast that to the James Rolfe story where after the fact it’s obvious that he’d have something going due to the fact that he’s what we’d call a failed director.

    Come on dude. If none of your friends can call your lame, public access shit out, allow me. NObody cares about your old ass “Before I was AVGN student films” Nobody. We tolerate it in the face of the unproven AVGN movie. Which, I will say right now, If it’s as good as the first two years of AVGN it will be a classic. I am not saying you can’t pull off a super good cult hit.

    HOLY JeEZ i am stopping right now because this comment has adversley affected my drinking.

    Know that what you have done is highly inluential and if you just stay the course without goofball florishes you should be in the clear.

    Holy fuck dude. There are so many nes) (at least) games to fucking ridicule.

    • mattbchillin

      March 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

       It’ a little late to respond, but here:
      -Shut the fuck up, your opinion sucks shit and your jealous ass is just like every other hater
      -Do something with your life instead of hating on someone who is more sucessful
      -James is amazing and his work makes everyone happy except cunts like you
      -Fuck you!
      -You try making a movie, James is a suceeding director, you’d probably die of stress and shoot yourself
      -I wouldn’t be writing this if it wasn’t for the “BUT” in your comment 

  • davidsworld3

    December 14, 2011 at 1:59 am

    lol damn you lost it at the ending was that fake or real rage?

    • Nuketehbomb

      January 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      @davidsworld3 Real, genuine anger.

  • Mssnor

    December 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Why was et in atari so bad? Somone please tell me

    • ljngamessuck

      December 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      @Mssnor it was so bad it ruined atari and caused the video game crash, and cost atari about 100 million us dollars

  • Deleted

    December 22, 2011 at 2:07 am

    If you like THE IDEA of Dick Tracy Game…Mybe you will try L.A. Noire?

  • December 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm


  • AltonMc

    January 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    LMFOA your Reviews are awesome your funny try L.A noire that’s the best detective game ever and its made by one of the most talented companies in the world Rockstar games gazillion times better than this crap.

  • AltonMc

    January 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    LMFAO your Reviews are awesome your funny try L.A noire that’s the best detective game ever and its made by one of the most talented companies in the world Rockstar games gazillion times better than this crap.

  • UnguardedSquid X

    January 15, 2012 at 3:41 am

    To get more health you have to pick up the heart and press select until you see medkit then to use it you have to hold B and press select, and If your goning to play this game I suggest getting the passwords online, but I really suggest just not playing this game, if you want to play a good game by Bandai then play Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on SNES

  • Bex13

    January 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    You know James I think that instead of driving the car to get around without trying to get shot at, how about you try Walking? Sure it’ll have to take a lot of patience but who knows maybe you might pass the game.

    • muzackattack

      January 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      @Bex13 you can’t walk you have to drive the car to move the screen it would be too easy just to walk

  • BSpree

    February 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    ‘Need more evidence’… Like in México

  • Hugoso

    February 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Huahua dei trela! Essa foi a melhor surtada do nerd de todos os episodios q assisti até hj!

  • EarthViper

    February 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    This has got to be one of my favorite AVGN episodes. It may be because of the very genuine outburst or rage we see at the end…or it may be because of how much I can relate to that feeling. I got this as a kid as well and remember it all too well and seeing episodes of games I too played as a kid is always more enjoyable.

  • ravcurry11

    February 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    get this my name is richard tracy curry I was born in 82 most my life ppl called me dick tracy I can’t stand it so when I saw this I could not belive he said my name richard tracy.dick is not short for richard

  • derherbehdrbert

    February 28, 2012 at 6:43 am

    i found a youtube vid how to solve the first case. he can doge a lot of bulets by stopping the car in the moment the sniper shootes.
    u can heal ur self by holding select when it says handgun and pressing b…. XD XD
    who would think of that right ? u can carry 2 hearts…
    good luck trying…

  • derherbehdrbert

    February 28, 2012 at 6:43 am

    i found a youtube vid how to solve the first case. he can doge a lot of bulets by stopping the car in the moment the sniper shootes.
    u can heal ur self by holding select when it says handgun and pressing b…. XD XD
    who would think of that right ? u can carry 2 hearts…
    good luck trying…

  • HorazStCruz

    March 3, 2012 at 6:55 am

    So… L.A. Noire can be considered as a possible attempt  to redeem Dick Tracy. game…?

  • March 6, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Beat is sherlock, I’m walkin this side of the street!!!

  • March 6, 2012 at 2:23 am

    OMG ha ha ha… That was scary when he got super angry and started freakin/spazin out! Hilarious!

  • March 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    secondly, that curious george tracy dude is a dick

  • Denkinow

    March 18, 2012 at 3:35 am

    why no fuckin continuesssssssssssssssssss????????? hahahahaha

  • Jackedjay9

    March 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

    meanwhile in LA Noire…

  • 1CLVico

    March 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I love the drilllllllllllllllll !!!

  • AxleTheDark

    March 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Actually, if you pick up the heart power up, press select, then select and up, you gain full health…

  • Sirkrozz

    March 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Did anyone here played  “The Rocketeer” on NES…?
    It was also developed by Bandai America on 1991. Now that i look again this vid i realize the horrendous music and the attractive cinematics this one had. Probably a strong sympthom of LJN-itis… someone should make some research on that.
    Oh, and PLEASE don’t play that game if you are fans of the comic-book or have enjoyed the movie, or you love games.

  • theBootamp

    April 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    what an asshole.

  • DeathsNotoriousAngel

    April 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I know it’s late, REALLY late and I’m not sure if anyone pointed it out already, but “Dick” is a nickname for a Detective, so perhaps Dick in Dick Tracy is a reference to his job title.

  • KQ

    April 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    9:29 that’s re-dick-ulous

  • Aaron

    April 27, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I remember renting this game as a kid and after 3hrs of nearly wanting to put my controller through the television screen, I asked my parents to take me back to the video store. I lied and said the game didn’t work and the guy let me pick out a different one at no charge. Too bad I picked Godzilla.

  • gogatsu

    May 22, 2012 at 2:03 am

    that drill part at the end was pretty sweet.

  • churahm

    May 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I really love when he updates his videos, like add content that wasn’t in it before. It really rewards those who actually watch these videos again after all these years.

    I know the Wally bear and the no gang video also had an extended version now.

  • Jarnor23

    June 26, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I do miss the “30 seconds, no more Dick” joke though… My brothers and I thought that was hi-larity back in the day.

  • Gamer123

    July 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I bought this game at a specialised store for like 5$. It was 5$ dollar for a reason. It SUCKED. I tried it and its a horrible game.

  • adam.russo11

    July 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I had this game back then. I played it a lot and actually managed to beat it eventually. It was a lot better than the Dick Tracy game on Gameboy if you ask me.

  • pixelsmack

    September 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    This is one of my favorite reviews. I love how, “The Nerd”, truly captures the frustrations we all felt. I use to get so angry I’d scream in to my pillow, burst in to tears and think the world had ended.

  • contrastic

    November 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Every video has an advert in the beginning lasting 30 seconds! WTF is this shit!

  • DrLove0378

    November 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    To keep the snipers from becoming a problem later in the game (particularly during the car chase scenes), it’ll help to just drive around for a while, get out of the car and shoot as many as you can. They’ll stay dead for the rest of the game (unless you continue.) If you need to, go into a building and use First Aid to refill your health.

  • David Whitton

    December 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    What a big tantrum you threw there after you screamed: “Why are there no continues? WHY ARE THERE NO FUCKING CONTINUES? WHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYY?”

  • February 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    What happened to the updated version with the extra bit about the health powerups? when the site was revamped, it seems this went back to the old version?

  • car toys

    February 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  • February 13, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Ew the puke in the start is so gross, what is it made of? it looks really real.

  • February 15, 2013 at 8:43 am


  • LeyLey

    May 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Quite possibly the -best- AVGN category video, here.
    I’ve watched it so many times, and it never gets old.

    Thank you, sir.

  • michael futhey jr

    June 1, 2013 at 1:59 am

    well it was originally a comic in the 40’s or so which i guess you can say it has both the movie and comic book curse to it i actually saved my money pennies and loose change and got it then got ground cause i had the same reaction

  • Slyjay

    June 15, 2013 at 4:35 am

    That was crazy. I agree, game genie all the way!

  • cofilmrat

    August 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    I had this game as a kid and loved it. It just took a little talent. And to beat the snipers, you were able to get out of the car and shoot them.

  • toan toan

    October 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    my name is Richard and let me tell you 3 grade was a living hell because of it

  • Avagantamose Destroyer of Worlds

    January 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I remember this putrid, fuckass, filthy abomination from my past… FUCK THIS GAME

  • Vernon Schaal

    May 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    This game is awesome, some people just don’t know how to play. First off the game is not impossible if you know how to use the hearts containers, or specialty items that you collect. Each time you leave a building, everything re-spawns inside, including all items. There are 2 hearts you can collect in the first level at 5th and D. One is in the middle of the stage, the other is just passed numbers at the end of the stage. That’s one thing people seem to miss of the bat. In just about every stage, if you pass the gangster that your required to interrogate, there are sometimes heart containers, or items at the end of the stage. Each walking level usually has a secret item hidden which you access by punching the air. Usually the secret items are on a high to reach window, or ledge. How to use an item is by holding select, and pressing B on the item you want to use. Third thing is how to deal with the snipers, once you kill them they no longer re-spawn. Once you collect all notes required for the case, you can arrest the corresponding thug. No you can’t skip the interrogation parts, because if you do when you go to arrest the correct thug, the Sargent tells you that you need more evidence.

    • Vernon Schaal

      May 3, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      I ment to say 5th and B

  • June 20, 2014 at 12:35 am

    This is The First Assembly of The Holy Kirk, and the mission of my new nerdy religion is to seek comfort, wisdom, and maybe something about ourselves and our future by spreading the enlightening words of the 79 stories charting the adventures of the star ship Enterprise. All who wish to join my online discussions say “Live Long And Prosper” as a comment. This may be what Trekkies might need to be complete, and be enlightened on the deeper meanings that each episode contains.
    — Caleb Culbert

  • Aaron1375

    July 1, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I never had any urge to watch the Dick Tracy film, my friend tried to get me to go with them, but I had no urge to watch it. The only game I think I may have played was the Genesis version which was nothing like this one.

    • fcabanski

      October 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      That’s good, because the urge to watch the movie is something like a suicidal urge.

  • fcabanski

    October 20, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Dick didn’t mean penis when Dick became associated with Richard. People wrote the name Richard in short forms like Rich and Rick. Rhyming words were used for nicknames. So Hick and Dick were common nicknames for people named Richard (Rich, Rick).


  • Don Skiver

    February 1, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Dick is also a nickname for “Detective”. Like when you call someone a “private dick” they mean “private detective”. So “Dick Tracy” actually means “Detective Tracy” and that makes a lot sense since he’s like…you know…a detective…

  • Vince Abbruzzese

    March 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I never watched this episode off the website only youtube and I never saw the added movie clips. good job guys!

  • oscuro

    December 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    This game sucks because I grew up playing this too. I do think this game had some good ideas for the time. They just didnt do any of them well. Same thing with friday the 13th. The games sucked but if done right the ideas could be interesting and work well.

  • oscuro

    December 14, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    To be fair a lot of nes games were like this though annoying and frustrating a lot of time. This game was really hard and I agree the snipers were one of the worst parts of the game. If you removed the snipers and made the driving sections more interesting it might be a good game.
    Going around collecting clues and investing stuff are cool ideas its just not executed well

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