Chuck Rock

"Guide Chuck Rock as he goes on a belly bashing, rock throwing frenzy to rescue his cave babe Ophelia from the hairy-palmed clutches of Gary Gritter.  There's a whole world of prehistoric creatures to meet on the way, some of them helpful but most of them downright aggressive, and the hardest 'hard rockin' rock soundtrack to appear on a game ever.  All in the name of love and large tummies.
Game Information
Developer Core Design
Publisher Sony Imagesoft
Copyright Date 1992, 1993
Players 1
Age Rating(s) None given
Save Type None
Cart Version Yes

Part Numbers
Game T-93045-50
Front Cover N/A
Back Cover None specific
Manual None specific
Spine Card N/A
CD 1 None specific
Bar Code 0 94051 60111 6



This CD conversion of the cartridge classic doesn't disappoint.  Join Chuck on an endlessly humorous adventure through prehistoric landscapes to rescue his girlfriend.  All the usual platform level suspects are present - underwater sections (with oxygen meter), ice levels (with reduced friction) and end-of-level monsters to be defeated to progress.  Each area is split into short chunks to avoid the player having to repeatedly cover old ground if they lose a life, and a nice short password system means you can save your progress.  Both the sprites and backgrounds are wonderfully animated, with new enemies for each section rather than recycling old ones with a change of palette.  Sound effects are crystal clear and match the cartoon design perfectly.  An excellent cartoon intro (pity about the really tragic voice-over), CD audio soundtrack, a new but rather useless map and some minor graphical touches make this preferable to, but not a replacement for, the cartridge version.
This game came in a large US-style box.  A variation with a blue stripe cover and English only manual was also released.  Although the part number printed on the manual is the same, the English only version is usually differentiated by a sticker on the outside of the box.  The sequel Chuck Rock II - Son of Chuck also made it onto the Mega-CD.