Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers *** Great Co-Op title, pretty easy game
In the late 1980s, Capcom made some great licensed games (an oxymoron, I know) based on Disney properties, with "Duck Tales" being the premier example. "Chip `n Dale" is another example, though perhaps less so than "Duck Tales".
"Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers" features eleven stages total, although some can be skipped. The stages are varied, and have memorable boss battles. Overall the game is on the easy side, which is wholly appropriate for the market this game was aimed for. Unlike other titles like "Battletoads" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", there are no difficulty spikes that render the game almost unplayble. The boss battles, like the rest of the game, are on the easy side and are wholly enjoyable
After beating the initial level, you are presented with a world map with each level marked as a letter (A-G). The bare minimum that must be played to reach Fat Cat, the game's final boss, is actually seven levels. You can beat the game in a mere seven levels, completely bypassing four levels. The shortest route to Fat Kat is skipping A and C and going to Level B, then D, then F, then G. E is an optional level.
After beating G, you are taken to a second section of the World Map, with levels H, I, and J ahead of you.
The game is short and won't take you long to beat. However there is some extended life in the game by the great co-op play present in the title. I rented this game back in the late 1980s when it came out and first played the game with a cousin of mind - and let me tell you, that was a lot of fun. The game is so much better with two players.
Nintendo talks about how they wanted to get co-op Mario as early as SMB3 but weren't able too. Don't know why, because there are plenty of co-op experiences on the NES, and this is one of the better ones.
This (short) game also appeared as a feature article and on the cover of "Nintendo Power". I remember renting (and subsequently buying) this game on the strength of the co-op gameplay, as both players, one controlling Chip and the Dale, can have game bonding together.
The video game website IGN rated this title as the 71th greatest game on their top 100 NES games of all time.
(For those looking for great unknown NES/Famicom games, you simply MUST play "Moon Crystal", a criminally unknown Famicom exclusive. The graphics are astounding with cutscenes that even outdo "Ninja Gaiden", amazing music, in depth gameplay, and a fantastic storyline. Absolutely amazing! Had this been released in the US for the NES, I feel it would be as revered as the other heavy hitters in the NES canon)