Chuck’s Challenge 3D is a new puzzler from the creators of gaming classic, Chip’s Challenge. The principles are similar, but in place of Chip we have Woop – a purple, puzzle-loving alien with the power to alter time and space.
It’s a Rubik’s cube of elaborate challenges, designed in smart 3D graphics with an almost offensively bright colour scheme. We’ve come a long way since the Atari original, but the basic engine that Chuck’s Challenge runs on is much the same. The objective is simple – reach the warp hole at the end of each level while avoiding enemies and shuffling around the various obstacles that stand in your way.
But while the concept remains a simple one, Chuck’s Challenge has added upgrades galore to make the puzzles as varied as possible. You can collect roller skates, for instance, that allow you to walk steadily across icy paths, and jet packs for reaching islands that would be otherwise impossible to get to. Helping you learn all of this is the game’s creator Chuck Sommervile, who appears on screen as your Hawaiian shirted guide and challenge-setter – all big smiles and chuckly dialogue.
On top of that is the possibility to create your own levels and share them with the world in multiplayer mode. While this was a little fiddly on the smartphone version we trialled, it’s a smart idea and we imagine it would be much better suited to larger devices and tablets. It’s also fun to try out the challenges created by other players – although we’re fairly sure a few that we tried aren’t possible to complete. Perhaps we’re not just not as good at this as we thought.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Chuck’s Challenge 3D is a decent updating of an old game that we loved at the time, but the 3D sheen adds little to Chip’s original adventures.