- Original release year: 1999
- Consoles: Dreamcast (later: GameBoy Advance, iOS, Android)
Sometimes, less is more. Sometimes, the simplest game are the most fun and most addictive. ChuChu Rocket definitely falls into this camp.
For European people like myself, we were actually given the game free (I think it was sent to everyone who registered on Dreamarena, known as Seganet in North America, and it was given free with Dreamcast consoles). Don’t let this fact and the less than impressive visuals put you off though, because ChuChu Rocket is a great game.
It was the Dreamcast’s first online game, but the local multiplayer was also a lot of fun (as was the single player modes, to be honest). Like other addictive puzzle games, ChuChu Rocket is quite simple in its concept, but can be rewarding and challenging. Your goal is to guide mice into the rockets, by placing arrows on the game grid, but whilst avoiding the cats. Once the rockets were full, the mice would launch to safety. The catch is, when you’re playing against your opponents, they can sabotage your mice by directing them and you can do the same to you. It’s a fantastic concept.
The pace is quick in ChuChu Rocket. You’re going to need the reflexes of a ninja, but once you get past the learning curve, you’ll find yourself completely engrossed and addicted to the fun and vibrant gameplay, especially if you have a few friends to play with.