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CHU CHU ROCKET - The Atari Times


by Reservoir Gods

September 28, 2001
Guildford, Surrey - September 2001. The Reservoir Gods announce the imminent release of "Chu Chu Rocket"; an arcade puzzle game for the Atari STe and Falcon030.

"Chu Chu Rocket" originally appeared on the 128-bit Sega Dreamcast console and immediately gained critical acclaim for its innovative and addictive gameplay.

"Chu Chu Rocket" is a game for 1 to 4 players. It incorporates a number of different modes of play including a four player battles, single player puzzle levels and co-operative challenge stages.

The base machine for the game is the Atari STe, it was felt that this was the minimum requirement to achieve a comparable gaming experience to the 128-bit original. The extra hardware features of this machine are used to their fullest extent, including the blitter, extended palettes, jaguar pad support and stereo sampled sound.

The game features graphics by "shTHREE" and new Reservoir Gods member "neo". It also has an unprecedented 14 pieces of exclusive new Sid-Sound music composed by the award winning "MSG".

All the original sound effects from the DreamCast version have been sampled for this version, including all the sampled speech.

The game features 100 levels of puzzles across 4 different worlds, 25 levels of multiplayer gaming and 25 challenge stages. There are extra secret features which get unlocked on completing sections of the game.

Reservoir Gods were formed in 1994 as a software team developing products for Atari computers. There releases to date include the games "Double Bobble 2000", "Tautology 2", "SkyFall", "Static" and "Bunion Canyon". They have also created the art package "GodPaint", GameBoy emulator "GodBoy", Nintendo NES emulator "GodleNES" and have been responsible for the disk magazine "Maggie".

After a period of inactivity, they are now hard at work creating new products for the Atari platform, ably supported by new members "neo" and technical specialist "Griff" (formerly of "Inner Circle").

"Chu Chu Rocket" is set to ship in October 2001.

Further information available at http://rg.atari.org

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