Virgin’s lovable caveman belly-flops his way onto the Game Gear, but he’s kind of devolved in the process. Instead of a Cro-Magnon hero, we instead got a Neanderthal who lumbers through dark and silent stages. While the core (no pun intended) of what made the Genesis game is intact, the presentation and gameplay have suffered.
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Chuck Rock (Master System)
Chuck Rock was fun on the Genesis and Sega CD, but the Master System port left a good deal of that charm back in the stone age. Poor visuals and uninspired gameplay make this the low entry on the franchise’s evolutionary scale, and it plays like a real fossil compared to other platformers. Move on to something else before we run out of puns.
Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck (CD)
When most people think of the Sega CD, they think of full-motion video games. Yeah, there’s more than a fair share of those on the add-on, but there are also a lot of quality titles, including some great platformers. Some games, like the CD version of Chuck Rock II, are more than just cartridge games with CD soundtracks. There are lots of neat visual effects and one cool cinematic intro sequence that makes this the definitive version to own.
The Flintstones weren’t the only ones to rock the stone age! In 1991, Core Design and Virgin Games released a hit platformer called Chuck Rock for multiple formats, and the game was a massive hit. It boasted lush visuals, large and detailed bosses, and possibly the most unattractive protagonist this side of Boogerman. It was followed by an enhanced Sega CD version and the eventual sequel. We’ve a full review of the Genesis original for ya, so put down that Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus?) burger and read up!
Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck
You’ve obviously not had enough prehistoric gaming fun, so we’re tossing another Chuck Rock review at you! This time, Chuck’s son is the star, and it soon becomes apparent that his young age and inexperience do him in. No amount of cuteness can keep his console debut from stinking like yesterday’s diapers. Son of Chuck makes a good argument for platforming Darwinism, and there’s a reason why some franchises are extinct. There! I’ve used up all my baby and prehistoric cliches, so why not just read the full review before I think of some more?