Crash Time: Autobahn Pursuit (known in the United Kingdom as Crash Time and in the rest of Europe as Alarm für Cobra 11: Crash Time) is a mission-based driving game released for the PC in 2007 and Xbox 360 in 2008. It is based on the German television series Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei, and features several characters from the show working their way through criminal cases set in fictitious versions of the city streets of Cologne, and the autobahn in North Rhine Westphalia. The developers created a "Pathfinder" to ensure that the AI vehicles do not always follow the same path during a pursuit. It was not received well by critics, with graphics and plot being of concern. Four sequels have been released on Xbox 360 and through online content provider Steam.
The player assumes the role of one of several officers in the fictional Cobra 11 team, from the television series Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei, a police unit in Germany assigned to patrol the Autobahn and other road networks. The player usually takes the role of either Chris Ritter or Semir Gerkhan, but there is one early mission (Beginner's Luck) where the player take the place of the "rookie". The officers are charged with stopping and questioning suspects about various criminal activities. The game presents the player with a series of fictional "cases" which need to be solved in order to progress. Cases are split into several missions which can be of the following types;
To increase the difficulty in completing missions there can be a limit to the amount of damage the player's vehicle can sustain, and/or a time limit. Between missions there are cut scenes that help to move the story along. The game takes place over two maps, one set on the Autobahn and in the countryside surrounding it, the other a city based area. There is traffic on the roads that the player must avoid.
In addition to the "Cases", there is a mode in which the player can set up and engage in races against CPU controlled opponents using vehicles and tracks that are unlocked as the "Cases" are solved. These unlocked vehicles and tracks can also be used in local two to four human player races.
The vehicles in the game that the player can unlock and use vary from standard road cars to coaches. There is only one licensed vehicle in the game, a Seat Leon, which can be unlocked both in a standard form and as a tuned version. Other vehicles include MPVs, small commercial vans, 4x4s, an armored vehicle and a limousine