Review by Retro

"A great game that only has one problem"

Just like Duck Tales for the NES, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is an enjoyable video game that is based on a popular Disney cartoon. When I got this game, I was a fan of the cartoon of the same name that came on almost every day, so I was pretty sure I'd like it.

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers has the typical damsel in distress storyline that was very popular back in the days when the NES ruled the world. Gadget has been kidnapped and it's up to either Chip or Dale to try and save her by getting through a few levels and defeating almost as many bosses. If you used to watch the cartoon series, then you've probably suspected by now that Fat Cat is at the root of the Rescue Rangers' problems.

To start off, you must choose to play as either Chip or Dale. There is no difference between the two other than the way they look. Then it's time to begin the first level. Throughout most of Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, you'll mainly be picking up boxes and throwing them at your enemies in order to defeat them, while you make your way through the levels. But there's a little bit more to do. Most of the levels are just the typical 2-D side scrolling action with a lot of jumping from place to place and either defeating or avoiding the enemies that get in your way. However, a few of the levels are a little different and will demand a little bit more thought and timing. For example, in one level, there are pipes that appear and disappear, so you gotta time your jumps just right, and in another level, you have to stack a few metal squares on top of each other in order to be able to reach a certain place.

During Chip 'n Dale's quest to save Gadget and then find and defeat their biggest nemesis, they will have to make it through many levels of box-throwing, fast paced action. Along the way, they will encounter such enemies as jack-in-the-boxes, those familiar metal dogs, flying squirrels, crabs, and many others. To get rid of most of the enemies, Chip and Dale will just pick up and throw boxes at them. The duo can throw boxes left, right, and up. They can also hide inside the boxes until an enemy runs into them and gets knocked off the screen. There are also a few undefeatable obstacles to avoid such as saws, cactuses, and water.

But it's not all a boxed-in world for Chip and Dale in this adventure. They can also pick up and throw huge apples and drop heavy metal squares. As you probably thought, there are a few items to be found that can be a huge help. All over the place in each level, there are flower-looking squares that the chipmunks can collect. After collecting so many of the flowers, Chip or Dale will earn an extra life. Well hidden throughout the levels are white stars. If you collect enough of these white stars, a floating star will float across the screen. Collect this floating star and you'll get an extra life. Chip and Dale's energy is represented by hearts at the top of the screen. If they're low on energy, they can collect an acorn to refill part of their life, or a rare flashing acorn for full life.

Well, that's about all the items, but that's not all that's here in this platformer to help the chipmunk duo. From time to time, you should be able to find Zipper the bee and Monterey Jack. Zipper is like a living shield. Once you find Zipper, he will move real fast in all directions and kill every enemy he sees for a few seconds. Monterey Jack is always hungry for cheese, and he might open up a few passageways for Chip and Dale.

Before you go to any of the levels, you get to maneuver the Rescue Rangers' ship around a map which consists of all the levels of the game. Depending on your choice and which path you take, you could possibly skip a level or two and still beat the game. The levels in Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers are well varied. You'll have to venture through a level with high voltage power lines, a kitchen with hot stoves and killer water pouring from faucets, a casino, a tree full of squirrels and worms, and many others. At the end of most of the levels, you get to go up against a boss. The bosses can range from a sort of ship, an owl, a huge robot, and others. To defeat the bosses, there's always a round red object for you to throw. After most of the levels, you get to play a sort of bonus round in which you try to find the one-up star that is hidden under a certain box.

I know you're ready for this review to be over, but there's a few more things worth mentioning. You can play Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers in either a one or two player game. Playing two player with somebody else can be both fun and hilarious. When you play two player, you and your friend will both play at the same time, which can be both good and bad. If one of you is faster or more skilled than the other, then somebody might have to do some waiting for the other to catch up. On the other hand, you can goof off a lot and do things such as one of you picking the other up and carrying them around, or throw them off a ledge or into an enemy. You could also find a group of boxes and play a little bit of dodge the box.

The only thing that Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers doesn't have going for it, is its challenge. It has a few parts that are somewhat challenging, but for the most part, the levels and the bosses are way too easy. The game is also a little short and it's not hard to complete a whole level in just a few minutes. However, even though it is too easy and a little too short, it is a fun game that is unbelievably addictive. If you like 2-D side scrollers, you should get this game!

GRAPHICS - Most of the graphics are very well done. Chip, Dale, Gadget, Fat Cat, and the other characters and enemies from the cartoon series look like they should. The levels themselves and the backgrounds are colorful and not bad to look at.

SOUND - The sounds are also great. From the sound of throwing a box, to the sound of losing a life, the sounds are clear and easy on the ears. For all of you Chip 'n Dale fans, the catchy tune from the cartoon series is here in the game along with many other good music tunes.

CONTROL - The controls are real loose and easy to master. Mainly all you have to do is jump and throw things, and it's easy to do with no sweat or hassles included.

REPLAY VALUE - Even though Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers doesn't offer much in the challenge category, it is very addictive and you'll be going all the way through the game from the start a lot more times than just once. Being able to play a two player game and goof off adds even more to the already great replay value.

OVERALL - Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a great game that should be in everybody's NES collection. Whether you liked the cartoon or not, you should enjoy this game. Give it a chance!

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 07/14/01, Updated 05/20/02

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