Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 import games I bought in 2012 but didn't tell you about until now: Chack'n Pop (Famicom)

Let's start this series off with a bang, shall we?

Actually, "bang" is a good word to use in relation to this particular pick-up, as the titular Chack'n (the yellow thingamabob with blue wings and pink legs that can be seen on the box cover below) is all about dropping bombs as he meanders his way through the series of maze-like levels that make up this Taito-developed title.


As you may remember from this "Second Chances" post, I haven't always been a fan of this Bubble Bobble precursor. Once I had the little change of heart that I expounded upon in the aforementioned post, though, I knew I had to own the game's Famicom port.


Looking at this version's packaging, it's probably easy to understand why I decided to go with a "complete in box" copy of Chack'n Pop. I'm especially enamored with the cover art, of course--although I think the illustration that appears on the game's cartridge label (below) is nearly as nice.


How's Chack'n Pop's instruction manual? Funny you should ask. This copy of the game came with one, of course, but I can't remember whether it's good or bad. I'll have to dig it out of my stash after the holiday frenzy has died down and let you know either way, OK?

See also: Previous '12 games I bought in 2012 but didn't tell you about until now' posts

6 comments:

Justin Difazzio said...

Still need to check this one out. I'm excited for the rest of this series!

thegaygamer.com said...

Yes, check it out, Justin. The arcade original is on one of the Taito Legends compilations for PS2, by the way. I can't remember if you have both of those or not. Anyway, the arcade version is the best, as it has the most stages, etc., but this Famicom port is pretty nice, too.


Also, thanks for saying you're excited for the rest of the series. That was my hope when I came up with it. I guess we'll see how it ends up in a few days :)

Kaze said...

So cute!! I'll never stop loving Famicom boxart! ^^ I haven't played this in awhile, but I remember not being very good at it! lol

thegaygamer.com said...

Yeah, Famicom box art is awesome, Marty :) I especially like the early stuff that Taito came out with--and of course Namco's and Nintendo's early efforts, too. As for not being good at this game: You're not alone. It's a tough one, if you ask me!

Steve Pixel said...

Nice box! Makes me wanna go fire up MAME and try it out.

thegaygamer.com said...

Yes, give it a try. And if you really like the arcade version, give this version a try. It's not as pretty, and it doesn't include as many stages, but it's still good fun :)