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|Sonic Team's second Dreamcast title is not a sequel to NiGHTS, nor a sequel to Sonic Adventure, and it's not another Phantasy Star game either. Instead of adding to an already existing game series, Sonic Team opted to develop something new. The result is ChuChu Rocket!, a puzzle game centering on a cat and mouse theme. Your main objective is to lead the space mice (chuchus) into a rocket so that they can blast off to safety, escaping the space cats (kapukapu) that are ready to feed on them.|
In Japan, ChuChu Rocket! was released into a library of games that already included online features. However, here in the United States ChuChu Rocket! is the game that was chosen to kick off the re-launch of the Dreamcast Network as it is Sega's first release to take advantage of online game playing. Although no other games previous to ChuChu Rocket! allow players to compete against each other online, Dreamcast games released before March 7, 2000 have included online features, such as posting high scores or downloading mini-games to a VMU. Not only is this viewed as a large step for Sega but also as a large step for the console game market as it marks the "true" beginning of online gaming with a videogame console system. I say "true" because players have been able to compete online previous to the Dreamcast. Console games were not designed to be playable online previous to the 128-bit era but with an item such as the X-Band modem for the Genesis, users could compete against each other by dialing a server.
Each game of ChuChu Rocket! takes place on one screen. The background consists of a checkerboard that may contain walls, holes, mice, cats and rockets. When a round begins the mice and cats will move automatically and change directions when they bang into walls. If a cat touches a mouse then that mouse is instantly killed. Your objective is to save the mice and you can do this by placing arrows. Players must strategically place arrows so that the mice will avoid the cats and reach their rocket. However, the cats react the same way as the mice and will turn when they encounter a player's arrow as well. Gameplay will alter slightly depending on the mode of play chosen. Along with Network Battle, ChuChu Rocket! includes four other modes of play: Puzzle, Stage Challenge, 4-Player Battle and Team Battle.
4-Player Battle is similar to Network Battle in that more than one player is competing. During these games players are not only trying to save mice but they are also trying to save more mice than their opponents as well as impeding a player's progress by trying to send a cat to the enemy's rocket. When more than one player is competing they are allowed to only place three arrows at a time. Each arrow will fade away after a set number of seconds at which time a new arrow can be placed. Games can consist of up to 24 rounds but will end when one player saves a predetermined number of mice. Team Battle plays almost the same way as these other two modes with the only difference being that two players work as a team against two other players.
Stage Challenge is a one or two-player game. Players are given a goal before each game that must be met in order to win. These battles can differ completely from the rest of ChuChu Rocket! as one may ask you to actually eat all of the mice with a cat. When playing with two players the players work together to reach the goals rather than compete against each other.
Puzzle mode is the single-player game. This mode plays slightly different as at the start of each level the playing field is shown and everything is frozen until the player sets the game in motion. Before setting the mice in motion players are given a set number of arrows to work with. For example, you may be provided with two down arrows and one right arrow. You then must use all of the arrows by placing them on the appropriate square so that when the mice start up they will be led safely to a rocket. Once
|Control Elements||Gamepad/Joystick, Keyboard|
|Number of Players||1-4|
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- darus.0z46dqtNov 9, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
Good Quick Fun
Lets start with puzzle mode. Puzzle mode is a fast paced and engaging time waster with multiple unlock able tiers. It is unfortunate that the servers are no longer up and you can't browse user made levels but there are dedicated dreamcast fans working on rebuilding that online aspect. As for the party mode... it is exhilarating. If somehow you can convince 3 of your friends to play a dreamcast game in 2015 you will have a blast as you try to out maneuver one another. Also if you turn it into a drinking game you will quickly lose track of your pants. Overall the game holds up today remarkably well. I would recommend it to anyone with a dreamcast.
- segfault101Feb 24, 2014by
Sega's answer to Mario Party, best played with friends
This game has yet to receive a home console port outside of the Dreamcast (although being ported to a few portable platforms), and it's truly a shame that it hasn't, as this is probably one of the best 4 player games available for the system. For those that have not seen gameplay footage, it can be described very simply as "place arrows on board, catch mice in rocket using arrows, avoid cats". Despite sounding incredibly simple, there is an incredible diversity to how a player can place their arrows. One can play defensively, or one can spend an entire round carefully guiding cats into the other players' rockets. Regardless of strategy, the gameplay is always fast paced, and frequently chaotic. Distant leads can be destroyed in seconds, and often the player that takes the lead initially is not the one that wins the round.<br><br>When played alone, one can play against the AI (somewhat dull) or can solve a number of puzzle based maps. This is a game that is however best played with friends, preferably with 3 or 4 people for maximum chaos. Overall, as a party game, this is truly a must have.Read full review
- toadyblarf7Nov 2, 2012by
A very fun and addicting game!
A puzzle game created by the people that made the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Can be played up to 4 players either against each other or in teams. Two players can help each other with the stage challenges. Puzzles were created to test your brain and see if you can go through all four difficulty levels. You can even create your own puzzles! There is an option to play online, but with the servers down it's useless; I wish I had the Dreamcast back in 1999... A great and joyful game overall; a must-have for any Dreamcast owners.
- hectorleivaFeb 3, 2012by
Great product, great deal.
I bought this game because I was feeling pretty nostalgic for old-school games for an obsolete system.<br><br>The game is as fun as when I played it when I was younger. Very easy controls, easy learning curve as the missions get more difficult.<br><br>Chu Chu Rocket came in a standard Dreamcast case along with instructions and the game played just fine.
- thebarekNov 17, 2009by
This game makes me go Chu Chuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu for Chu Chu Rocket! Its a fun puzzle game, and the multiplayer is intense. A hidden Dreamcast gem!