Chuckie Egg is simply the best game of all time. It is based on a very simple objective that is easy to understand and pretty easy to master yet the game has a lot of repeatability and you are never satisfied with your last game. The trouble is with success breeding success when you do manage to rack up a huge score you know it’s going to take quite some time to get near and beat that score. As a somewhat overweight and chubby little yellow character with arms swinging either side your objective is primarily to collect eggs in order to finish the level.
This is essentially a platform game with lifts or ladders to different floors the graphics are marginally blocky but the graphics flow with ease. Your character can move left, right, up, down and jump. The eggs you collect are randomly distributed about the screen. Each egg is worth 100 points. In addition to the eggs, each level starts with a number of piles of corn waiting to be collected. Corn is worth 50 points. While the eggs remain until you collect them, corn can be picked up by the chickens patrolling.
These chickens are ready to shred you if you run into them. So you have to avoid them at all cost. On the most basic levels there are usually only a couple of chickens.
As you progress you get more chickens and this makes navigating the screen somewhat treacherous. Advance further and a white duck is released from a yellow cage in the left corner of the screen.
The duck is easier at first to avoid but it keeps you on the move constantly and you have to think 1 or 2 steps ahead of the duck to get the next egg. Yet still further on you can be taxed to the level I reached of having 2 ducks on the screen with like 6 chickens…….it was a nightmare. The points you accumulate serve as a benchmark primarily, but also serve to reward you with an extra life for every 10,000 points you collect, with no limit on how many extra you can acquire.
A bonus is given for finishing the level in a timely manner and the size of bonus is reflective of the speed you finished the level. There are about 10 different looking screens before you start the first one again with a hiked up amount of chickens, ducks or both! Unfortunately, the version I had is only a one player game but I had so much fun with it all the same.