A few years after the original Chuck Rock adventure and Chuck has been kidnapped. Now it's up to his son to grab a club and rescue his cave dwelling daddy from certain doom at the hands of bad guy Gary Gritter.
THE GOOD: - Some of the best, if not the best, graphics the system has to offer. - Great, responsive controls. - Brilliant enemies and character designs. - Superb, varied level design that drive you forward to see what's coming next. - Decent, jolly little soundtrack and effects that work well and fit the theme extremely well. - Classic Platform action that'll bring back memories and push your skills (but not too much). - Big, interesting bosses that are fun to fight.
THE BAD: - The River Race mini game levels feel tacked on and don't particularly add anything to the overall game. - Son of chuck is an ugly little freak - not the most endearing little chap at all. - Sometimes your life gauge gets hidden behind the more elaborate backgrounds, nothing major but a bit of a pain.
CONCLUSION: A good looking, fun, romp through a world of prehistoric cartoon madness. There are some truly great uses of the colour palette throughout that really push the system to its limits. Some of the backgrounds are particularly noteworthy, and often contain small details such as the eyes of animated critters peering through the undergrowth adding extra depth, and detail to the already bountiful graphical proceedings. With all this going on you think there'd be some sort of drop off somewhere along the line, but apart from it just being a slightly above typical platformer the whole thing is a pretty sweet package. If you love your Master System platformers this will sate your hunger for a short while - nothing spectacular (apart from the graphics) but nothing to sniff at either.
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