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Chuckie Egg

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Released: 1984

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: ZX Spectrum

Developer: A&F Software

Submitted by: Damian Butt

Oh come on people! Why is this game not already in the top rated.This game is as close to perfect as any game can be.
The game allows Harry to fall from any height and jump onto Ladders adding great maneuverability. It starts out slow but becomes a challenge at higher levels. The level of difficulty increases very gradually with each level allowing you to play it for a long time.

This is my king of platformers with pac-man like addiction.

Chuckie Egg

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Released: 1983

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: BBC Micro

Publisher: A&F Software

Submitted by: Damian Butt

One of the all-time classic platform games, especially on the Beeb, Chuckie Egg sees you play the role of a yellow dude in a big yellow hat who has to traverse a number of levels consisting of platforms, ladders and lifts. To complete each level you must collect all the eggs whilst avoiding the birds that wander the platforms. Also lying around to collect are piles of seed, though these can be eaten by the birds so are sometimes best left as a distraction.

There are eight different level configurations which when completed the first time round are repeated, but this time instead of the blue birds patrolling the platforms, the big yellow bird that was previously trapped in a cage in the corner of the screen starts chasing you. This adversary can move through platforms and ladders so you have to keep moving to avoid it. If you successfully get past the eight levels again, you must repeat them again with both the blue and yellow birds after you!

Chuckie Egg's graphics and sound are pretty mediocre, even by the standards set in the early 80s, but the game is really enjoyable to play. Once you get to grips with the way your player interacts with the scenery, you can become a blur of perpetual motion that slides down ladders and rebounds of the edge of platforms to reach the eggs and avoid danger. A simple aim, great playability and that little bit of uniqueness make this a perfect example of why retro games are as popular as they ever were… And it was my dad's favourite game too!