ChuChu Rocket! Review
- Classic gameplay repackaged for modern devices.
- Fast-paced puzzler with tonnes of content.
- 4 player local multiplayer.
- Touch controls feel 'sticky'; especially on menu buttons.
- No new content for the App Store.
Unlike SEGA's previous revivals, ChuChu Rocket! feels perfectly at home on an iDevice, making this a must have for puzzle fans that haven't tried the original.
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If you never had a chance to play ChuChu Rocket! the first time around on the Dreamcast, then you're in for a treat as SEGA have ported this title over for the App Store.
This classic puzzle title of 'cat and mouse' antics takes a somewhat surreal twist as you attempt to help the mice (Chu-Chus) to escape the clutches of the hungry cats (Kapu-Kapu). Both the mice and the cats will run endlessly around in loops, turning to their right every time they hit a surface and you'll need to direct them by placing arrows on the tiles by swiping. In the 'puzzle' mode you'll be allowed to place these arrows down before commencing, but in the 'challenge' mode you're thrown directly in to the action and you have a limited time to make sure you complete the task at hand (including feeding the cat with enough mice).
Outside of the touch controls the game is very much a direct port of the original - in fact FAQs for the original will help you to complete the game's immense amount of puzzles and challenges if you need it. The graphics are pleasantly cartoonish and look almost perfectly suited for modern iDevices, though it's hard for the game to not show its age when something as simple as touching buttons on screen feels sticky and out of place.
A small slice of SEGAs gaming history has once again been given new life on the App Store and while for some this may be a nostalgic experience, for newer gamers this is a fun and challenging puzzler that will keep them busy for hours.
DescriptionThe cult-classic Dreamcast puzzle game is back with over 500 puzzles and frantic 1 to 4 player multiplayer action.
10 years ago, a cute group of ChuChu’s invaded the hearts and minds of gamers as they looked for an escape plan away from the evil KapuKapus into their cozy rocket ships. Now, you get to re-live the glory days of frantic puzzle fun on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad!
Help the ChuChus escape the evil KapuKapus in 145 puzzles spread between Normal, Hard, Special, and Mania difficulty levels
1 TO 4 PLAYER MULTIPLAYER BATTLES
Play free-for-all or in team battle as frantic action ensues across 25 intense multiplayer levels as up to 4 players battle it out via bluetooth or wi-fi
TONS OF GAME MODES
Beginner and expert ChuChu’s alike can enjoy cheese-erific game modes including Puzzle, Challenge, and Multiplayer Battle
EXCLUSIVE IPAD FEATURE
If you thought ChuChu multiplayer was insane before, wait until you try it on the iPad featuring 4 player on a single iPad. Push, shove, and flick your way to victory!
PRAISE FROM THE PRESS
ChuChu Rocket! was a total blast when I had a chance to play it today, and it makes me sad that I never tried out this title almost a decade ago. It seems like a perfect fit for the iPhone, with all of the original levels reworked to be touch screen friendly – touchArcade.com
Gathering up four friends for a manic game of Chu Chu Rocket is a cherished gaming memory. The version of Chu Chu Rocket I was able to play today at SEGA's offices pretty much matched up with those memories – IGN.com
Chu Chu Rocket will command attention by virtue of being different from the steady string match-three puzzlers and its multiplayer push. Even though it can't claim innovation as a port of an older title, there's still a sense of freshness and certainly an appeal about this game of cat and mouse. – PocketGamer.com
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