Two words describe this game: Clucky insanity! No matter how insane and crazy things get in a level, Chicken Chase is simply fun and addicting. I wanted more of it even though I didn’t care for the bonus rounds where I had to protect my chickens from the evil ravens who tried to steal them.
Unlike the many games that require the player to reach a specific goal for each level in order to advance to the next, Chicken Chase mixes it up. For example, Diner Dash and Flower Shop give players a specific monetary goal to reach. Chicken Chase goals include collecting X number of X-colored eggs, earning $X, collecting X number of specific-colored gems, and raising X number of X breed of chicken.
The game isn’t part of a story or adventure, so those with little time available will find this one easy to play a little bit at a time without worrying about remembering the story or feeling pressured to finish the game to find out how the story ends.
The instructions don’t give many hints on how to make something happen faster. For example, how to make red gems the fastest way possible. At first, I wasn’t happy with the lack of instructions, but then as I improved in game play — I appreciated figuring this out on my own as well as other tricks.
The kids love watching this one. They weren’t interested in some of the other games I reviewed. I was working on my computer when my three-year-old said, “Play that game. Play chickens.” Hey, who can feel guilty about playing a game when he asks?
The bonus rounds were the only thing I didn’t enjoy. Every bonus round was about protecting the chickens from the ravens. Shooing off ravens was my least favorite thing to do — but then how else can the game be challenging? Oh, there were also wolves sneaking in. So not only did you have to watch the sky for swoopin’ ravens, but also the ground for attackin’ wolves.
I’d like to see more variety in the bonus rounds in Chicken Chase 2. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a sequel to this game. Maybe this game is actually the sequel for Insaniquarium — instead of fish and seahorses, you have chickens and roosters. Instead of aliens and sea monsters, you have ravens and wolves. This one is as insane as Insaniquarium and fans of the fishy game should enjoy going clucky.
What’s next? Cat ‘n Dog Chase? Bring it on. Of course, developers shouldn’t just try to copy the style of these two games and change the characters. The two games have subtle differences that make them more endearing.
- Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
- 500MHz or faster Processor
- 64MB RAM
- DirectX Version: 7.0
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