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Chu Chu Rocket

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Released: 2000

Genre: Puzzle

Format reviewed: Dreamcast

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Sonic Team

Submitted by: John Myers

Fond memories are clear about when i first was introduced to this game.Signing up my Dreamcast through the internet that is Dreamarena,i came across an ad saying free copy of Chu Chu Rocket for every dreamcast owner.At that time i hadnt ever ordered anything online so gave it a chance.

A week later the game dropped through the post.And that was it i was hooked from the start.

The object of the game is to guide one or more mice(ChuChus) around a board into one or more goals while avoiding cats roaming the board. The mice and cats all move in predictable paths by always turning right when hitting a wall head on or by following corners.

The multiplayer mode revolves around up to four players placing arrows on the level at once, trying to direct mice into their own rockets and cats into other players' rockets. Each player can only have three arrows on-screen at a time and cannot place them on other players' arrows or their own arrows. Although a simple concept, this quickly becomes frenetic with the relentless speed of the mice and four players fighting over them.

While billed primarily as a multiplayer game, the single-player puzzle mode had a strong online following. In this mode, players are presented with levels with mice and cats on it and are tasked with placing arrows in order to get all the mice into the rockets and keep all the cats out without further guidance after setting the level in motion. A level editor allows players to create their own puzzle levels to share with others, and thousands of levels were uploaded to Sega's online service during the game's lifetime.

A less-featured Stage Challenge mode challenges players to get mice into rockets, guide a cat to eat all the mice, put cats into a computer-guarded rocket, and other tasks, all within a specified time limit. One or two players can work together to solve the 25 available levels.

A fond memorie for my childhood.to this day i still own it.just shame on losing the online multiplayer.