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Genre: Quiz/Puzzle/Strategy :: Players: 1 :: Released: 06/6/06

ChuChu Rocket Review

Developer: Glu


Game Features


125 levels


Slightly too difficult

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Review Details
Handset Nokia 6600

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 06/6/06

The Sega classic reappears on your mobile.

ChuChu Rocket harks back to the early days when Sega were a big force to be reckoned with. After their unfortunate demise they are starting to enjoy resurgence thanks to the booming mobile market. iFone have quite a few Sega licences under their belt and since their acquisition by Glu, Sega should be getting even more exposure.

ChuChu Rocket is a puzzle game and there are no rockets or trains involved. The aim is to direct space mice to the rocket and avoid any space cats and pitfalls along the way. When Krypton blew up, did anybody think about the mice and how they escaped?? obviously Sega did.

ChuChu is great for many reasons. It has plenty of challenging levels, different modes and extremely addictive gameplay throughout. It is a mix between Slyder and Lemmings. When you start a level the action is poised and ready for you to put the mice in motion. Before you start the train you can place various arrows on the floor to control their movement. When you are happy, press 1 to see if your planning is any good. The game is actually very similar to Donald Duck's Quest which we will be reviewing later this week. The main difference here is the sheer complexity of the levels. The mice are just drones that will always move - if they hit a wall they will just follow it round to the right ad infinitum. Once you get them going, you cannot add additional directions so you will inevitably play some levels many many times in an attempt to follow their moves and figure out where to place your arrows.

The controls themselves are very easy. Use the cursor to select a grid space. Push down to select and then push the direction that you want the arrow to point. As with Donald Duck you only have certain arrows at your disposal; a lot of planning is needed at times. Try and keep your mice away from the cats. The cats will follow any arrows you put down as well and are much slower than the mice. Sometimes this works to your advantage but usually not. There are 25 levels in normal challenge mode. Complete these to unlock more puzzles and if you are really good you can get to play up to 100 levels

There is also a Puzzle mode where you race against the clock and try to fulfill the tasks as quickly as possible. In this mode you actually place arrows on the floor while the mice are moving. This presents a whole new spin on the game and a different mindset is needed here and the time factor does give the game good replay value for the experts who manage to finish the standard levels. Puzzle mode itself has 25 levels and the game as a whole is just huge.

The only downside to the game is its graphics; they are not the most beautiful by any stretch of the imagination. However they do manage to cram a lot of action on the small screen without any stuttering for which they must be commended. The smooth gameplay more than makes up for any dodgy looking sprites, but then who knows what space mice look like.