ChuChu Rocket HD

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Navigate creatures on grid in multiplayer puzzler.

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Ease of Play

While the early levels of the game are very basic and easy to conquer, the difficulty ramps up very quickly. Only players with a strong sense of logic and spatial awareness will be able to do well in the later puzzles.

Violence & Scariness

Players must navigate their ChuChu creatures around cartoony orange enemies known as KapuKapus. Failure to do so may result in the ChuChus being eaten. However, the depiction of this is very minimal, and only results in forcing the players to restart the level. This game is more about strategy and puzzle-solving than it is about violence.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ChuChu Rocket HD is a remake of the strategy puzzle game ChuChu Rocket on the Sega Dreamcast system. The premise seems simple -- place arrows on a board to navigate little mouse-like creatures to the edges of the board. But as objects and obstacles are thrown in the way, it becomes a frantic but addicting challenge to figure out how to solve each puzzle. The app offers multiplayer options both on the same iPad as well as online and over Wi-Fi. Playing on the same iPad in "Huddle Game" format is great fun. 

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Is it any good?

CHUCHU ROCKET HD is a fun puzzle game. It already proved itself as one of the sleeper hits on Sega's Dreamcast console and now it's even more appropriate as an iPad game that players can pull out when they have a few minutes in the car, on the bus, or in between chores. In addition to offering online and Wi-Fi multiplayer, the iPad version of the game allows up to four people to play at once on the same screen, by dividing the board into quarters and then divvying up each part to a different player. It can become a little complicated and frenzied at times, offering a more rewarding challenge to players but making it a bit less accessible to those without strong puzzle-solving skills. Nevertheless, this game is a good example of how video games can be as fun as they are cerebral, without any real offensive content.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: December 19, 2010
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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