Review by Admodieus
"An addictive puzzle that game that takes 5 minutes to learn and a lifetime to play."
Chu Chu Rocket! is the first puzzle game and the first Sega and Sonic Team game for the Game Boy Advance. The objective of the game is to lead the space mice (Chu Chus) into the rockets, while avoiding the space cats (Kapu Kapus) and pits. Chu Chu Rocket features many modes that focus around this objective: challenge mode, regular puzzles, and even the four-player game.
The story is not too great in this game, but it hardly matters. You'll have too much fun playing the game. It does explain the reason you must evacuate the Chu Chus: Kapu Kapus have overrun the spaceport. Although in some puzzles there AREN'T any Kapu Kapus, it does it's best to explain the game.
There are three different control settings you can use. Here I will explain each, in my preference:
Control Setting 1: Hold A and then tap the direction of the arrow you on the D-Pad. It's quick, easy, and doesn't require much thought. It's best for multiplayer games, not for puzzles where you only have certain arrows.
Control Setting 2: Use different buttons for different arrows. The L, R, B, and A buttons are all used in this command. If you can memorize which button makes which arrow, you'll be perfect with this.
Control Setting 3: Put down an arrow with A, then keep hitting A until it becomes the direction you want. I use this for puzzles, but never for multiplayer games-it takes too much time.
The graphics is this game just simply do not live up to Iridion 3D, Tony Hawk, and Rayman-but they still are crisp and colorful, and much better then Army Men Advance and some other games.
Also, if you do not like the chu chu and kapu kapu sprites provided, you can make your own or ''download'' them from Sonic Team's ''homepage''. It actually is just a loading time, and doesn't connect to the internet. My favorite sprites are Sonic Team's Cow and UFo sprites.
Gameplay and Replay: 11/10
The gameplay is one of the best in any GBA game out so far. There is just so much to do! First off, you have over 2500 puzzles in the 1P Puzzle Option, with the ability to make your own! Second, there are timed challenges that make you complete certain tasks in order to beat that challenge. Some of these can keep you puzzled for days, weeks, even months if you don't ask for help. Lastly, there is the 1P to 4P Multiplayer Option. If you aren't able to link up to other players, you can just play 3 CPUS. The computer is incredibly smart, even if set on easy. Just wait until you turn it on hard....
Overall(Not an Average): 9/10
Chu Chu Rocket! is a great puzzle game that is great to pick up and play whenever you're bored. You can go straight to the puzzle or challenge you want to work on, and try to figure it out, even if you only have 5 minutes. Great for work and brief breaks. With 2500 puzzles, Chu Chu Rocket! is a great game to get, not only for yourself, but for others also.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 08/02/01, Updated 05/02/02
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