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Chuck Rock
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
Virgin Games,
Sega Game Gear
Sega,
Sega Mega-CD
Sony Imagesoft
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Krisalis sound driver
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
PT
?PTE$ MSJ29004
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028040



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



Sega Mega-CD
US
$49.95[8] T-6204
Sega Mega-CD
UK
£? T-93045-50
Sega Mega-CD
FR
?F T-93045-50
Sega Mega-CD
DE
DM 130[10] T-93045-50
Sega Mega-CD
ES
?Ptas T-93045-50
Sega Mega-CD
PT
?PTE$ MCDJ93045
Sega Mega-CD
BR
R$? 062010



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 Super NES 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


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


Game Gear version


Magazine articles

Main article: Chuck Rock/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Chuck Rock/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №128, p60[2]
90 №11, p82-84[11]
91 №1, p32Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[12]
91 №8, p58
92 №29, p70[13]
92 №12, p26-30[14]
92 №11, p90-92[15]
92 №30, p203[16]
79 №5, p91
86 №7, p50-53
91 №21, p76-78[17]
93 №22, p92-95[18]
77 №11/92, p94[19]
80 №2/92, p12[20]
93 №7, p74-75[21]
87 №32, p34-35
87 №9, p40-41[22]
81 №18, p64
90 №1, p28-29[23]
79 №8/92, p92[24]
87 №34, p28-29[25]
Sega Mega Drive
87
Based on
21 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[26]
72 №2, p45[10]
72 №8, p54
70 №9, p51
70 №7, p48
89 №8, p53
64 №1/94, p78[27]
80 №37, p154
67 №45, p70-71
82 №18, p60
74 №1, p44-45[28]
80 №4/94, p36[29]
Sega Mega-CD
76
Based on
15 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
Chuck Rock MCD UK Disc.jpg
Disc
ChuckRockMegaCDEUManual.PDF
Manual
Mega-CD, BR
Chuckrock mcd br cover.jpg
Cover

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №11, p114-115[30]
80 №9, p36/38
90 №11, p34-35[31]
91 №11, p64-65[32]
91 №29, p172[33]
90 №21, p80-81[34]
73 №2/54
93 №22, p108-109[35]
52 №12/92, p86[36]
74 №2/92, p24[37]
91 №8, p32-33[38]
91 №2, p10[39]
70 №32, p36
84 №11, p40-41
74 №8, p60-61
66 №8/92, p96[40]
Sega Master System
81
Based on
16 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[41]
65 №39, p32[42]
89 №1, p165Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[43]
85 №39, p127[6]
91 №14, p149
83 №32, p148[44]
90 №3, p119[45]
92 №30, p90-91[46]
71 №1/93, p84[47]
74 №1/93, p22[48]
92 №12, p92[7]
51 №39, p52
90 №14, p60
90 №15, p75
86 №2, p30-31
61 №12/92, p134[49]
Sega Game Gear
81
Based on
17 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)
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
326,142,432 CD (EU) T-93045-50
Sega Mega-CD
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
326,140,080 CD (US) T-6204
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 DD0E2927
MD5 2594F33F210EE4CF6356AC7B2AB8C4E7
SHA-1 0199C62AFB5C09F09999A4815079875B480129F3
512kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 191B1ED8
MD5 86A3221D3D74133C84F658939FD6E928
SHA-1 2B08A3231C0504D86CACA74C8508D85C8EF6A86A
256kB Cartridge

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