HandyGames has announced today that its tactical spinoff title Rebel Cops is coming to Android sometime in the future. This is the same developer behind the games This Is the Police and its sequel, and while Rebel Cops has been available on Steam since September, it's nice to know a mobile version is in the works. Potential players should expect 15-hours of playtime in this turn-based strategy game, and of course, the gameplay and UI have been optimized for mobile play.

Linked above is the official trailer for the mobile version of Rebel Cops, so it should provide a quick look of what you can expect from the upcoming mobile port. As you can see, this is a turn-based tactical game, similar in style to the X-Com series. It will be your job to lead a ragtag squad of cops in a rebellion against their town's criminal power, so expect a gritty theme that's most likely only suitable for adults.

Since today's announcement came by surprise, details about the mobile version of Rebel Cops are still light. We do know that the game will be a premium release, so it will not contain any in-app purchases or advertisements, much like the last two This Is the Police titles from the developer. So at least we know the port will offer fair monetization, but as far as a release date is concerned, there's no info out there, so your guess is as good as mine. At the very least, Rebel Cops is indeed coming to Android, so now it's just a waiting game until that day arrives.

Press Release

This Is the Police tactical spin-off Rebel Cops coming to mobile

No warrant, no badge, but an insatiable appetite to serve and protect!

Minsk, Belarus / Giebelstadt, Germany, November 19th, 2019: As the notorious crime lord Victor Zuev takes control of the town of Ripton, the town officials find themselves on his payroll and local businessmen at his mercy. Even the police has surrendered to his will. But, not all heroes wear badges! A small ragtag squad of renegade policemen and women who still believe in their oath “to serve and protect“ stands against him and fights against all odds to serve justice and protect the citizens.

Rebel Cops offers the same thrilling tactical challenge on mobile devices like the PC and console versions, but the gameplay, as well as user interface, have been optimized for a more satisfying mobile experience.

Rebel Cops will be coming to iOS and Android devices soon, offering 15 hours of challenging tactical gameplay. It will be a premium title and will feature absolutely no microtransactions, no in-game ads, no loot boxes or other gambling. Just a great game.

About Rebel Cops

Rebel Cops is a spin-off game of the acclaimed ‘This Is the Police‘ franchise, which exclusively focuses on the series' turned-based tactical operations. Lead a ragtag squad of cops in rebellion against their town's new criminal power to see how long you can hold out when you're constantly short on supplies and a single shot can cost a cop his life.

Key Features

Fight the corrupt authorities: After criminal mastermind, Viktor Zuev took over the town of Ripton, you and your fellow police officers have gone rogue to do what must be done. Perform tactical turn-based missions to undermine Zuev’s allies and bring the power back to the people.
No hitpoints, no forgiveness: You are outgunned and outnumbered. Use stealth tactics and cover to approach the enemy quietly and take them down before they can raise any alarms. There are no health bars in Rebel Cops! Once shot, your officers will bleed out unless you act fast to save them.
Explore, loot, and watch your back: Rebel Cops features a large number of scenarios, from compact operations to big, open-ended locations to explore. Build up your street cred in Ripton by helping out local folks in side missions and get rewarded for exploring the levels thoroughly.
Take the moral high ground – or not: Justice must be served, but it’s up to you to choose how that happens. Will you play by Zuev’s merciless rules? Will you help the desperate townspeople, even if it means putting your operation at risk? In Rebel Cops, your reputation will affect your team’s morale and even the merchants’ prices.

About HandyGames

HandyGames™ is a THQ Nordic family member and operates as an international publisher for mid-sized projects and developers for a worldwide audience.

The focus lies on creating and publishing games for current gen consoles like PlayStation®4, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X or Nintendo Switch™ as well as games for Steam and many other PC gaming distribution channels. HandyGames™ produces titles for new innovative gaming platforms, for example VR (Virtual Reality) on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR, but also offers games of all kind of genres for Android smartphones and tablets, Apple iPhones, iPads and many other mobile and smart devices.

As a games company and that is truly passionate about gaming, we always strive for gameplay innovation. We received the German Developer Award as “Best German Game Studio” in 2015 and produced and published award-winning games of virtually every video gaming genre imaginable for a diverse range of audiences and gameplay styles. One example is “Townsmen VR” which was awarded with the German Games Award 2018 in the category “Best Game Design”.

Rebel Cops is available for pre-registration

Back in November 2019, the developer behind the This Is the Police series announced that its tactical spinoff title Rebel Cops would be coming to Android, though a Play Store listing and release date were missing at the time. Well, as of this morning, the game popped up on the Play Store for pre-registration, which should mean we are nearing the official launch, though we still don't know when the game will actually be released. Of course, if you'd like to receive a notification whenever Rebel Cops officially lands on Android, feel free to pre-reg through the Play Store widget at the bottom of the page.

Weappy Studios has released Rebel Cops on the Play Store

Last month (March 2020), we learned that Weappy Studios This Is The Police spinoff Rebel Cops was available for pre-registration on the Play Store, signaling that an official release would be coming soon. Well, today is the day. Rebels Cops is now available on Android for $7.99, and it's a premium release, so that means there are no in-app purchases or advertisements included. 

For the most part, this is a game that plays like a lite version of X-Com, which means there's less depth to the strategic gameplay, though the game's polished presentation makes up for the simplified mechanics, especially since these simplified mechanics allow the game to remain accessible on mobile devices. Really, the only downside I can find is that many of the game's levels can take hours to work through, so it can be tough to pick up and play while on the go. 

Still, if you're looking for a balance of depth and portability in a mobile turn-based strategy game, Rebel Cops hits closer to this mark than the majority of the competition. So if you'd like to pick up Rebel Cops today, you can purchase the title through the Play Store widget at the bottom of the page.

Press Release

With a Rebel Yell...


Minsk, Belarus / Giebelstadt, Germany, April 23rd, 2020: Victor Zuev has won. The ruthless crime lord now controls the town of Ripton. All the officials are on his payroll, businessmen are at his mercy, even the local police have surrendered to his will and any opposition has been smashed to pieces. Well, not quite: there is a small rag-tag squad of true policemen, who still believe in the words "to serve and protect" and will fight against all odds to serve justice and to protect the citizens. Not all heroes wear badges ...

Rebel Cops features thrilling, high-stakes tactical missions with complex turn-based strategy mechanics. No warrant required - get it today on the App Store and on Google Play.

Rebel Cops is a HandyGames premium title available for $7.99 / € 7,99 / £ 6,99. It contains no ads, micro transactions, loot boxes or other gambling mechanics. Just one price, one great game.

About Rebel Cops:

Rebel Cops, a spin-off set in the world of the critically acclaimed “This is the Police” franchise, offers 15+ hours of challenging tactical missions with a high replay value due to various feasible approaches to each mission and tough player choices with impactful outcomes. The game’s hardcore TBS operations will have you outgunned and outnumbered and a single bullet can cost a squad member’s life.

Key Features

  • Hardcore Turn Based Strategy: There are no hitpoints in Rebel Cops. Once shot, your officers will bleed out unless you act fast to save them. The same goes for the bad guys, so make sure you have the upper hand before engaging in a firefight!
  • Multiple Approaches: Try to finish an entire mission without raising a single alarm or just go in guns blazing. Equip each cop with the gear that fits them best. Make tough choices along the way and live with the consequences.
  • Versatile Maps and Side Missions: Explore more than 15 scenarios, from compact operations to big, open-ended locations. Build up your street cred in Ripton by helping out local residents in side tasks and collect rewards for investigating the levels thoroughly.
  • Take the moral high ground – or not: Will you play by the book or by your own rules? Fight fire with fire and mercilessly wipe out Zuev’s syndicate or try to be a good rebel cop and arrest suspects without shedding an ounce of blood. It’s your decision, but remember that your reputation will affect morale and even your merchant’s prices.

Rebel Cops
Rebel Cops
Developer: HandyGames
Price: $7.99