Excerpt: Chu Chu Rocket was originally a Dreamcast game and was well known for the fact that it was one of the first to support online play. That was online play over the analog 56K modem that came with each Dreamcast. Now you can have the same game in the palm of your hand working over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. But as technology improves, Chu Chu Rocket shows that you don’t need drastic improvements to make a game fun.
Excerpt: The relationship between cat and mouse has long been a staple in teaching children how the real world works. Think of the things we learned by watching Tom and Jerry. We know that it's always better to be small and clever (like Jerry) than to be big and dumb (like Tom). Through Tom and Jerry, we understand that sometimes there's no good reason for our actions. Tom was always chasing Jerry because he was a cat, and Jerry was mouse.
Excerpt: I can certainly see why Ben gave ChuChu Rocket! a 10. From what I know about Ben, ChuChu Rocket! has everything he would want in a game: originality, style, intense gameplay and a focus on gameplay over everything else. However, no matter how innovative the gameplay and concepts, the feeling I had while playing ChuChu Rocket! was close to what I felt while playing some other ground breaking titles like Sony's PaRappa The Rapper .
Excerpt: Chu Chu Rocket 's graphics aren't the most jaw dropping graphics that you'll see on the Dreamcast, but they more then do the job. For the most part, graphics are very colorful cartoon-like graphics with detailed backgrounds and characters. The simple graphics allow the game to keep it's very fast pace, allowing hundreds of Chu Chu's and Kapu Kapus on the screen at once, which is impressive once you see it all in motion.
Excerpt: Sega wonders why they’re in the poorhouse these days. Maybe it’s because of all their stupid executive decisions and such, but I tend to think it’s that they don’t fully realize the whoring ability that other companies like Rockstar and Capcom. Sega makes games for gamers, like Nintendo, but unlike Nintendo Sega makes a wide-variety of often bizarre games, where as Nintendo is less adventurous and sticks with well-received franchises.
Excerpt: The intergalactic mice are in a state of panic! Their outposts have been invaded by naughty space cats out to eat them! In such times of distress these mice can't think clearly, so you must place the arrows to guide them to the escape rocket. Save as many as you can!
Excerpt: "ChuChus" are space mice, who want to get to Rockets to escape the clutches of the "Kapukapus" (space cats) who would like nothing more than to either catch ChuChus or get into their rockets to wreck them.
Summary: Chu Chu rocks, no doubt about it. The core gameplay idea is ingenious, and Sonic Team has done a great job of exploiting most of the possibilities. While the networking side of things is a little immature and the power-ups are unbalanced, it's a great start for the fledgling online console scene. It's safe to say that Chu Chu Rocket is the puzzle game equivalent of Soul Calibur, a franticly good time for two to four players.