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Chuck Rock
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
Virgin Games,
Sega Game Gear
Sega,
Sega Mega-CD
Sony Imagesoft
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 70036
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2][3] T-70036-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70036-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-70036-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70036-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 044190



Sega Master System
UK
£32.99[5] MK-29004-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-29004-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-29004-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-29004-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028040



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,500 G-3320
Sega Game Gear
US
$29.99[6] 2430
Sega Game Gear
UK
£27.99[7] 2430
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 2430
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 2430
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 2430
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? 016740



Sega Mega-CD
US
$49.95[8] T-6204
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£? T-93045-50
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F T-93045-50
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM 130[10] T-93045-50
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas T-93045-50
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$? ?



Chuck Rock (チャックロック) is a side-scrolling platform game originally developed by Core Design for the Amiga and Atari ST home computers. Ports were subsequently published for a variety of platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear by Virgin Games, and the Sega Mega-CD by Sony Imagesoft in 1992.

Story

Chuck Rock takes place during the prehistorical Stone Age where dinosaurs and ancient creatures still roam the Earth. It stars Chuck Rock, an overweight, square-jawed caveman. Chuck Rock is a guitarist in a rock band along with other cavemen, and his wife Ophelia. One day Ophelia is kidnapped by the local caveman bully Garry Gritter (a pun on then-entertainer, now convicted child sex offender Gary Glitter) and taken to his hangout, found in a dinosaur graveyard. Chuck must rescue her.

Gameplay

The sprite style and animation is cartoonish and gameplay filled with slapstick. Chuck can attack by thrusting his belly forward and hitting oncoming opponents. Another method of attack is by throwing rocks. Health is displayed in the HUD as a heart which shrinks with each hit taken. Health can be replenished by collecting dinosaur steaks found in levels. Some puzzle elements involve moving rocks to reach higher areas.

History

Legacy

Chuck Rock was followed by Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck and BC Racers.

Versions

Most of the initial 1991 releases of Chuck Rock were released without an in-game soundtrack, the exception being the Commodore Amiga which offered one as an option (at the expense of sound effects). The Master System and Game Gear versions are relatively faithful to the source material, so also lack soundtracks. Major omissions include the introduction sequence, backgrounds, speech samples and curiously in the Game Gear's case, significant parts of the scenery (for example, the dinosaur Chuck can ride on the first level, which is instead replaced with rushing water).

The Mega Drive version has an entirely unique soundtrack and parallax scrolling. While likely released at the same time as its counterpart on the Mega Drive's direct competitor, the Super Nintendo, few similarities exist between the two versions aside from what has been pulled from earlier versions. The SNES soundtrack is entirely different, as are the backgrounds, though both continue to omit the introduction sequence.

The Sega Mega-CD version builds on the Mega Drive version, being largely the same game with the exception of an enhanced soundtrack (using the same tunes as those heard on the Mega Drive) and the return of the animated intro. The Mega-CD conversion also has slight changes in its presentation, for example, the inclusion of a world map, shown at the start of a stage.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Written and Designed by: The Chuck Rock Team., Core Design Ltd.
  • Music and FX by: Krisalis Software Ltd.
  • Presented by: Virgin Games
Chuck Rock Was Brought to You by the Following People......
Chris Long, Lee Pullen, Bob .Out En It. Churchill, Mark Price, Jeremy Smith, Matt Furniss, S. Hollingworth, Lyle J. Hall II

Mega-CD version

  • Written and Designed by: The Chuck Rock Team., Core Design Ltd.
  • Music and FX by: Martins Music Workshop
  • Presented by: Sony Imagesoft
Chuck Rock Was Brought to You by the Following People......
Chris Long, Lee Pullen, Bob .Out En It. Churchill, Martin Iveson, Jeremy Smith

Master System version

  • Converted by: Gary Priest
  • Designed by: The Chuck Rock Team, Core Design Ltd.
  • Sound by: Krisalis Software Ltd.
  • Presented by: Virgin Games
Chuck Rock Was Brought to You by the Following People.....
Gary Priest, Chris Long, Lee Pullen, Bob Churchill, Mark Price, Jeremy Smith, Shaun Hollingworth, Matt Furniss, Ian Mathias, Andy Green

Game Gear version

  • Converted by: Gary Priest
  • Designed by: The Chuck Rock Team, Core Design Ltd.
  • Music and SFX by: Krisalis Software
The Team
Gary Priest, Chris Long, Lee Pullen, Bob Churchill, Mark Price, Jeremy Smith, Shaun Hollingworth, Matt Furniss

Magazine articles

Main article: Chuck Rock/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)[11]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[12]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[13]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[14]
  • GamePro (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[15]
  • GamePro (US) #37: "August 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[16]
</div>
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Sega Visions (US) #9: "August/September 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #37: "August 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[17]
</div>
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Sega Visions (US) #10: "November/December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[18]
  • Sega Visions (US) #11: "February/March 1993" (199x-xx-xx)[19]
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #130: "September 1992" (1992-08-15)
also published in:
  • Mega (UK) #1: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[20]
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #132: "November 1992" (1992-10-15)
</div>
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Computer & Video Games (UK) #145: "December 1993" (1993-11-15)
</div>
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Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-07-07)
</div>
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Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-07-07)
also published in:
  • Joypad (FR) #11: "Août/Septembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[21]
</div>
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Mega Force (FR) #10: "Octobre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
</div>
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Mega Force (ES) #4: "Agosto 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
</div>

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №128, p60[2]
90 №11, p82-84[24]
91 №8, p58
92 №29, p70[25]
92 №12, p26-30[26]
92 №11, p90-92
92 №30, p203[27]
79 №5, p91
86 №7, p50-53
91 №21, p76-78[28]
93 №22, p92-95[29]
80 №2/92, p12[30]
93 №7, p74/75[31]
87 №32, p34/35
87 №9, p40/41[32]
81 №18, p64
90 №1, p28/29[33]
87 №34, p28/29[34]
Sega Mega Drive
88
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Chuck Rock MD US Box.jpg
Cover
ChuckRock MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Chuck Rock MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Chuck Rock MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
ChuckRock MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
ChuckRock MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
ChuckRock MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Mega-CD version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77
70
78 №44, p82[8]
92 №18, p56-58
72 №2, p45[10]
72 №8, p54
70 №9, p51
70 №7, p48
89 №8, p53
64 №1/94, p78[35]
80 №37, p154
67 №45, p70/71
82 №18, p60
74 №1, p44/45[36]
Sega Mega-CD
76
Based on
14 reviews

Mega-CD, US
ChuckRock MCD US Box Back.jpgChuckRock MCD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Chuck Rock MCD US Disc.jpg
Disc
Chuckrock mcd us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega-CD, EU
ChuckRock MCD EU Box Back.jpgChuckRock MCD EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega-CD, UK
ChuckRock MCD EU Box Back.jpgChuckRock MCD UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
Mega-CD, BR
Chuckrock mcd br cover.jpg
Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №11, p114/115[37]
80 №9, p36/38
90 №11, p34/35[38]
91 №11, p64/65
91 №29, p172[39]
90 №21, p80/81[40]
73 №2/54
93 №22, p108/109[41]
74 №2/92, p24[42]
91 №8, p32/33[43]
91 №2, p10[44]
70 №32, p36
84 №11, p40/41
74 №8, p60/61
Sega Master System
84
Based on
14 reviews

Master System, EU
Chuck Rock SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
ChuckRock SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Chuck Rock SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
Chuck Rock SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
ChuckRock SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Chuck Rock SMS BR Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

ChuckRock SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №15, p152
84 №25, p74
85 №39, p127[6]
91 №14, p149
83 №32, p148[45]
90 №3, p119[46]
92 №30, p90/91[47]
74 №1/93, p22[48]
92 №12, p92[7]
51 №39, p52
90 №14, p60
90 №15, p75
86 №2, p30/31
Sega Game Gear
84
Based on
13 reviews

Game Gear, US
ChuckRock GG US Box Back.jpgChuckRock GG US Box Spine.jpgChuckRock GG US Box Front.jpgChuckRock GG US Box Spine2.jpg
Cover
Chuck Rock GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Chuckrock gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
ChuckRock GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Chuck Rock GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
ChuckRock GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngChuckRock GG JP cover.jpg
Cover
Chuck Rock GG JP Cart.jpg
Cart
ChuckRock GG JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, BR
ChuckRock GG BR Box.jpg
Cover
ChuckRock GG BR Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f8ac454a
MD5 efd1546c7f4c8c76f36d6b3eeb9f5331
SHA-1 f6177b4c9ac48325c53fa26531cdd9bbc673dda3
1MB 1992-01 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7cd40bea
MD5 252f8da6fde4d425836a66c0fdc73bf2
SHA-1 832a18eb028630e31b5bacd05f9694f4a827268b
1MB 1992-01 Cartridge (EU)

References

  1. File:GamePro US 028.pdf, page 134
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 128.pdf, page 60
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:SegaForce UK 07.pdf, page 77
  4. File:SegaPro UK 09.pdf, page 41
  5. File:SegaForce UK 08.pdf, page 33
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 File:GamePro US 039.pdf, page 113
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 File:SegaForce UK 12.pdf, page 92
  8. 8.0 8.1 File:GamePro US 044.pdf, page 84
  9. File:GamePro US 042.pdf, page 80
  10. 10.0 10.1 File:MAN!AC DE 1993-12.pdf, page 45
  11. File:SegaVisions US 07.pdf, page 5
  12. File:EGM US 030.pdf, page 53
  13. File:EGM US 032.pdf, page 40
  14. File:EGM US 036.pdf, page 104
  15. File:GamePro US 036.pdf, page 73
  16. File:GamePro US 037.pdf, page 37
  17. File:GamePro US 037.pdf, page 36
  18. File:EGM US 041.pdf, page 206
  19. File:SegaVisions US 11.pdf, page 78
  20. File:Mega UK 01.pdf, page 2
  21. File:Joypad FR 011.pdf, page 180
  22. File:MegaForce FR 11.pdf, page 2
  23. File:MegaForce FR 12.pdf, page 2
  24. File:ConsolesPlus FR 011.pdf, page 82
  25. File:GamePro US 029.pdf, page 72
  26. File:HobbyConsolas ES 012.pdf, page 26
  27. File:Joystick FR 030.pdf, page 203
  28. File:MeanMachines UK 21.pdf, page 76
  29. File:PlayerOne FR 022.pdf, page 88
  30. File:SegaForce SE 1992 02.pdf, page 12
  31. File:SegaForce UK 07.pdf, page 76
  32. File:SegaPro UK 09.pdf, page 40
  33. File:SonicMag FR 01.pdf, page 30
  34. File:Zero UK 34.pdf, page 28
  35. File:MegaFun DE 1994-01.pdf, page 70
  36. File:SegaForceMega UK 01.pdf, page 44
  37. File:ConsolesPlus FR 011.pdf, page 114
  38. File:HobbyConsolas ES 011.pdf, page 34
  39. File:Joystick FR 029.pdf, page 172
  40. File:MeanMachines UK 21.pdf, page 80
  41. File:PlayerOne FR 022.pdf, page 104
  42. File:SegaForce SE 1992 02.pdf, page 24
  43. File:SegaForce UK 08.pdf, page 32
  44. File:SegaMasterForce UK 02.pdf, page 10
  45. File:Joystick FR 032.pdf, page 148
  46. File:MeanMachinesSega03UK.pdf, page 119
  47. File:PlayerOne FR 030.pdf, page 86
  48. File:SegaForce SE 1993 01.pdf, page 22


Chuck Rock games for Sega systems
Chuck Rock (1991) | Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck (1993) | BC Racers (1995)