Realizing you can't confine a good cave man to one game system, Virgin presents everyone's favorite potbellied Neanderthal, Chuck Rock, for the Game Gear! Although similar to its Genesis ancestor in graphics and game play, this Chuck's an entertaining, unique gaming experience worth its weight in... er, stones.
Leave No Nock Unturned
Chuck's wife, that B.C. babe Ophelia, has been kidnapped by the prehistoric terrorist, Gary Critter. Five, treacherous side-scrolling levels await Chuck in this one-player adventure. To rescue Ophelia, Chuck must climb the highest mountains, swim the deepest oceans, forage through the densest forests, and skim across the iciest Arctic terrain. Deranged dinosaurs and bizarro beasts lurk behind every rock, tree, and corner waiting to chomp on fresh Chuck Round! Deadly dino bosses, such as Frank the Tricer-atop, Nessie the Sea Monster, Wayne the Wooly Mammoth, and Terry the Terrible Tyrannosaurus, rule the end of each level. Fortunately, our primordial protagonist is up to the challenge with his fearsome belly-bump and accurate rock chucking ability!
Each level is littered with that era's primo natural resource - rocks. Big rocks are useful for stacking and tittle rocks are handy as weapons and shields. Chuck can only carry one rock at a time. The bigger the rock, the slower he moves, and the lower he jumps.
Chuck Rock is mildly challenging and requires some thinking to figure out apparent dead-ends. Chuck begins with three chances to save Ophelia. Each hit reduces your health status, as does walking onto dangerous terrain. Six hits and you're (ancient) history! Don't sweat if you totally munch it, the handy password feature allows unlimited continues at any completed level.
An unusual assortment of goodies and power-ups are scattered throughout each level. Food items add bonus points. Bouncing Hearts restore Chuck's health. Truly bizarre items such as Stuffed Pig Heads, Smiling Starfish, or Frozen Peas yield really big bonuses. Sleeping creatures, such as pterodactyls, giant frogs, mini-mammoths, and crocodiles, are especially helpful when you encounter dead-ends. Throw a rock around to see what pops up!
Chuck Rock's unique concept, whimsical look, and innovative game play make it extremely enjoyable. The graphics are very similar to its Genesis big brother with bright colors and large, smoothly moving sprites. The wacky soundtrack and sound effects are above par, befitting the lighthearted tone of the game. Get stoned with Chuck!
- Throw rocks into the water to bridge your way across. Move fast, rocks are heavy y'know!
- When you swim, use rocks to weigh Chuck down so that he can walk the ocean floor.
- Hold rocks above your head as a shield against menaces from above. Jump up to take them out!
- Stuck? Try throwing rocks at various things on-screen. Throw a rock onto the sleeping crocodile and catapautt yourself onto the upper levels.
- Stack rocks to reach difficult upper levels.
- Always keep a rock in hand. You never know when you might need one!
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Ooga Booga! All hunters 'n' gatherers gather round the camp fire! Gary Gritter has dragged B.C. babe, Ophelia, off by the hair. Chuck Rock needs your help to fight off prehistoric predators as he searches for his best gal.
Luckily for you, SNES gamers, Sony Imagesoft has brought Chucky to the big screen. This fun, but frustrating, game takes you through five side-scrolling, primordial Stages -- a jungle, a volcano, a swamp, the Ice Age, and a dinosaur graveyard -- each with a varying number of levels.
Our cave-dweller wouldn't advance a stone's throw if it weren't for his protruding, bouncing belly and the rocks he picks up and chucks along the way. Some reptilian friends also show up to give him a hand. For example, alligators catapult him upwards and dinosaurs carry him across hard-to-cross rivers. Other creatures are not so helpful. Green pterodactyls, demented dinosaurs, and beasts-gone-bonkers are vicious and ready to limit the evolution of our rock-chucking hero.
ProTip: Chuck rocks! Always keep a rock in hand. They're great weapons, especially against flying critters. They also make good bridges across water or spiny paths.
Survival of the Fittest
This game doesn't give you a dinosaur's chance of surviving -- three lives and you're out. There are no continues, but at least there are life-replenishing hearts along the way. Don't miss one! Chuck can also munch down on bonus points to keep him going, such as food, fish, etc.
- After the opening sequence, don't push Play. When the stone-age band finishes its opening tune, the game demos opening game play for each stage. Watch and it'll show you a few pointers on how to get past the first part of every stage.
- Wait till the little eggs hatch before killing the little flying monsters that pop out of them. If you don't, they sneak up behind you.
The rockin' music and not-so- Stone-Age graphics keep you clubbing for more. Chuck's prehistoric moves are tricky to master, but you can rock to the upbeat tempo in no time. The graphics are bright and cartoony. They look good enough to eat.
When you're underwater in the swamp stage, be sure to cany a rock. It keeps Chuck grounded.
Rock with Rock
Chuck Rock definitely rocks, even though you have to light a fire under him to get him going. So, pull this game into your cave and have a blast with the past.
Chuck Rock is back...well, sort of. Time has passed since Chuck Rock last rescued Ophelia. Now he's been kidnapped with his Mastodon Motors dealership as the ransom. Who can save him from Brick Jagger, owner of the competing Keystone Cars? Why, his son Chuck Junior, of course.
Chuck II's game play is as simple as stone, though beating this cart is as hard as granite. Baby Chuckie clubs a path through four levels (eight zones) of Stone Age adversaries and obstacles. Control is as easy as pressing one button to swing the club and pressing the other button to leap from walkway to walkway.
Chuck II is easy on the eyes, featuring colorful graphics and smooth animation. Sometimes, though, you wish for slightly better character detail. The sound effects are done well, and the music isn't irritating - which is about all you can ask from Game Gear audio.
Pounding bad beasts is a kick, but the key to the FunFactor in Chuck Junior's trek is trying to reach the end of a level with as little damage as possible. Most of the game play involves memorizing the sequence of hurdles, obstacles, and neanderthals, but it's still an exciting trip.
Chuck II doesn't give up much in the fun department in its step down the evolutionary scale from Genesis to Game Gear. Chuck II is a chip off the old Chuck.
- When the first dinosaur boss stops moving his head, he's coming after you. Slide next to him when he hits the grass and whack him in the head.
- Swing Chuck Junior's club all over the place, because there are points hidden behind many items.
The silliness of the popular Chuck Rock is back in miniature: Now it's Chuck, Jr., and he's toddling over to the Game Gear. The side-view, multiscrolling action/adventure cart packs in six levels, four subgames, and adjustable difficulty. You're joined by colorful companions, like Max the Monkey, Anthony the Ant, and Susie the Spider. Your task as Chuck Junior is to defeat Brick Jagger (Big Chuck's kidnapper) and to rescue your dear old dad.
- Manufacturer: Sega
- Machine: Game Gear
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: 1992
- Number of levels: 5
- Theme: Action
Rock through the Stone Age!
Journey into a prehistoric wonderland in search of your stolen wife! Gary Gritter, a pebble-chewing cave creep, snatched Chuck's wife while Chuck was watching the tube. Dinosaurs and other creatures will hinder you, while a few may actually help. Armed with your big belly (must be those bronto-burgers) and giant boulders, you must jump, run and fight your way though the zaniest world in history. Jungles, caves and underwater pools provide an unusual backdrop for all the action.
Colorful graphics and hilarious animations complement the exciting storyline. This game will provide hours of fun, and with the password feature, you can continue your progress at any time! Rock the prehistoric bad guys with Chuck Rock!
- Titus for Super NES
Now you, too, can be a caveman and fight off incredibly cute, little animals! Jump from one inexplicably suspended platform to another! Drag your knuckles from left to right, picking up objects! This game is too much fun - if you're six or seven years old.
Chuck Rock is not your average caveman! His size 14 feet have been known to floor his enemies with one whiff! His immense beer belly is enough to knock anyone senseless! His wife Ophelia is also the prettiest woman around, and several cavemen want her for themselves. In fact, one particular caveman, Gary Gritter, has a plan to kidnap Ophelia!
On that fateful day, Gary snatched Ophelia while Chuck sat lazily watching TV. Now Chuck is REALLY mad, especially since he has to get up from his chair and fetch her from Gary's ruthless clutches!
Follow Chuck as he bashes his way to Gary's cave, using rocks, his belly, and odorific feet! Several animals are on his side, and will give him a lift so Chuck can save his lovely Ophelia. Don't let Gary get away! Get up and go after her, before it's too late. House on fire!
You are a caveman and you find out your girlfriend has been kidnapped. Use rocks, broken trees and anything you can pick up for weapons against the huge enemy.
Chuck Rock's committed a major land-of-the-lost faux paux -- he's lost his lady. Yep, Chucky let his guard down and a fellow stoner, Garry Glitter, jumped in and heisted Ophelia. If Chuck is ever going to be respected as a caveman and rock musician in the prehistoric community again, he must rescue his beloved cave-gal. Furious and womanless, Chuck lumbers off into the wild and wooly dinosaur infested jungles to begin his journey. It's a long way to the top if Chuck wants to rock and roll -- this Stone Age adventure by Virgin Games covers 15 territories.
If Looks Could Kill
Prepare for complete visual and audio distraction! The graphics and the tunes, which by the way are different for every level, slam down on your senses like a ton of bricks -- they're outrageous.
Chuck's not exactly, well, Olympic triathelete material. His less-than-luscious body proves to be a very valuable asset, however. Belly-whomping -- is Chuck's claim to combative fame, but it requires some skill to perform, if you have the stomach for it.
ProTip: Use boulders as umbrellas to protect Chuck from rock-rain showers.
The drawback to Chuck's abdominal blasts is that they lack range. In other words, Chuck must get within dinobreath distance of his enemies in order to make belly-to-body contact. Prepare to take some time to grow accustomed to this unwanted closeness. If you find yourself in a tense situation, you can resort to Chuck's other talents, which are "chucking" boulders and jumping and kicking.
Chuck loses most of his humph to jump while he carries large boulders. He can, however, use them as stepping-stones to reach high ledges.
Of Dinosaurs and Cavemen
Even cave people in the video dimension must fulfill a few basic needs, and Chuck is no exception. When he's not wrestling with a Pterodactyl or a man-size amoeba, Chuck must make use of those few, precious seconds to grab hold of meat hunks and hearts.
- Keep Chuck under water just a little too long and, well, he sinks like a -- permanently.
- Your best bet to give the boxing Tyrannosaurus Rex a run for his money is to position Chuck on the top platform and jump, kick, and turn as quickly as you can.
Take a walk on the wild side with Chuck Rock. This game's worth the bucks for the music and graphics alone. From the standpoint of challenge and game-play, it's middle of the road -- not too hard and not too easy. Take the time to listen through the full semi-animated music sequence Chuck and his rock band play during the title screen. You won't be disappointed. Move over Rolling Stones, the real roots of rock and roll are here.