Unlike most of the Activision games re-released by Firebird in their multi-title deal, Park Patrol wasn’t originally written for the early consoles like the Atari VCS 2600. In fact, the game had never been officially released in the UK. The C64 original by Tony Ngo didn’t appear in the UK until Firebird published it on the budget range. What’s more, the Spectrum version didn’t even exist until Firebird hired Andrew Rogers to convert it.
One nice touch allowed the player to configure the difficulty of each level, including how swimmers needed to be rescued, and how many of each type of wildlife appeared.
The game was set in Papatoetoe Park, which is actually a real national park in New Zealand.
Not much is known about the game’s designer, except that Tony Ngo is also credited with writing a couple of other games for Sirius Software (Bandits and Squish ’em).