Review: Chip's Challenge
At a Glance
|This game is recommended!
While there are many great games out there, this is one manages to be good fun and stay fairly true to Christian moral values.
If you're looking to add a new game to your collection, consider this one!
|ESRB Rating:||NR - Not Rated|
|Review Published On:||February 10th, 2021|
Which levels you have seen is recorded as soon as they are loaded. However, you cannot save* during a level or select a level you haven't seen yet.
This game is quite family friendly, as even though Chip can be hurt by various hazards, none of it is treated as more than a bummer.
Being a computer user in the early 1990s was exciting. Personal computers were just starting to become feasible for the average family. Yet, their often cryptic nature made them the exclusive territory of the nerds and social misfits of the world. You know the type: these were the pimply faced teens with glasses held together by scotch tape, the proud members of the school's chess club, and the favorite targets of every jock and bully stereotype seen in media.
So when the girl of his dreams gives "nerdy" Chip McCallahan an invite to an exclusive computer club, it's not surprising that he'd do anything to join. In order to prove himself worthy of the club (and the attention of its president, Melinda the Mental Marvel), Chip needs to solve 144 puzzles filled with mazes, monsters, and other traps, which is where you come in.
The gameplay revolves around guiding Chip through these many stages. Each stage requires you to find and collect a given number of computer chips, which will then unlock the exit door. Getting to those chips is the trick though, as you'll need to dodge monsters, solve moving block puzzles, and occasionally find keys and other equipment to help you along. For example, if you don't have the swim fins, Chip will always drown in water.
Of course, part of what makes this game difficult is that you can't see the entire level. With the limited viewpoint, you'll regularly find yourself picking a path and hoping for the best, as there's no indication of which paths are safe (and they often aren't). Fortunately, the only penalty for failure is a lower score, as you can always try again.
This isn't an easy game, not by a long shot, but it's still maintained a fanbase to this day. I'd suggest giving it a go if you want to experience some 1990s-era charm, but I think most of today's kids will find it frustrating or boring rather quickly. On a side note, a spiritual successor, Chuck's Challenge, was recently released and seems to be doing quite well, so you might want to look into it too.