Miami Vice (DOS)

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Miami Vice
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Platform: DOS
Year: 1989
Developer: Capstone

Miami Vice is an action game based on the TV show. You must control Crockett and Tubbs throughout eight levels, stopping terrorists and performing other tasks throughout the game. You can choose between keyboard, mouse and joystick.

This game was also released for the Atari ST.


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The title screen.

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Playing the first level.

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Miami Vice contains a single title song that plays through one of four possible sound cards. The box also advertises with digitized sounds played on the PC Speaker using "Real Sound" (so far not further identified, but unregistered trademark, patent pending). In fact, there are 13 files, and you will hear speech, gunshots, and yelling right as you play.

The song sounds similar to Jan Hammer's Miami Vice Theme, but not identical since Capstone was unable to obtain the rights. This was not an issue, though, since game programmer Rick Leinecker had studied applied music. About how he did it, he said:

I would have created it on the Atari ST. I think I used some sort of Sound Blaster or Roland software.

Now I write everything in either Band-in-a-Box or Finale.


All songs were (or are to be) recorded from the game:

  1. with Roland MT-32 selected.
  2. with Ad Lib selected.
  3. with Game Blaster selected.
  4. with IBM Compatible Speaker selected on a Pentium 60 MHz and a microphone.

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This recording is incomplete.

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
101 Title Screen Rick Leinecker 0:00
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
201 Title Screen Rick Leinecker 0:29
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
301 Title Screen Rick Leinecker 0:23
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
401 Title Screen Rick Leinecker 0:23


(Source for Leinecker as a programmer: credits screen. Source for Leinecker as a musician: himself; game lacks audio credits. Source for Creative: CMSDRV.COM. Source for Ad Lib: SOUND.COM.)

Game Rip




UNK.png CMS.png




The game's audio files are installed in the root directory.

The ADL file contains the Ad Lib arrangement, CMS stands for Creative Music System (the original name of Game Blaster), PCM most likely for PC speaker Music (rather than the usual Pulse Code Modulation), and RLN for Roland. The samples don't have an extension, but their contents start with STEVE, followed by a few variables including size and probably speed. All music formats except CMS are possibly custom.

The VGZ file was logged during gameplay and trimmed to play back properly.

Audio Devices


Icon - PC Speaker.png Icon - MT-32.png Icon - Game Blaster.png Icon - AdLib.png Icon - Sound Blaster.png


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(Source: INSTALL.EXE. Choosing Sound Blaster is the same as choosing Ad Lib.)


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Miami Vice - DOS.jpg
Title: Miami Vice
Platform: DOS
Released: 1989-12-??
Publisher: Capstone


Miami Vice
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Notable Songs Miami Vice Theme
Notable Personnel Jan Hammer