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Chu Chu Rocket clone - Shoko Rocket

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by danishcake, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. danishcake

    danishcake Newbie
    Thread Starter

    So I had a little spare time, so I've ported Chu Chu Rocket to Android.

    It comes with over 50 original levels and an editor, should you be content creation inclined. No ads, no 'lite' version, no nothing. The source is available at github. For those of you unfamiliar with the Dreamcast original, the aim to guide the mice to their rockets by directing them with a limited stock of arrows, avoiding cats and black holes.

    I've only really tested this on an HTC Desire, so I'm looking for feedback from users of different phones, at resolutions other than 800x480. Any suggestions or ideas I could incorporate are welcome. Minor user interface annoyances, difficulty level and all other topics are welcome.

    A few screenshots:



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  2. awesomecomb

    awesomecomb Well-Known Member

    Woah, I totally forgot about Chu Chu rocket. Once I finish this round of tower defense I will download and report back in.


    Its pretty great. Just like Chu Chu Rocket. Plays very well on HTC Hero.
  3. CirkDroid

    CirkDroid Member

    Works well on nexus 1.
  4. ogrenator

    ogrenator Android Enthusiast

    Wow that's crazy good you should charge for It...its better than most of the rubbish that's not free
  5. danishcake

    danishcake Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I have no intention of charging for it - as you say most of the stuff on the market is complete pants, so if I can raise the quality just a little then I'll have done my part. It depresses me to see so many terrible 'games' from a handful of developers blatantly manipulating the ratings system via multiple accounts. Also Sega might sue me.

    Which is not to say I won't charge for my next, rather more ambitious project, should I ever finish it, but that will be months away at the soonest.
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  6. DenverRalphy

    DenverRalphy Android Enthusiast

    Wow! Very well polished game! :)

    Works flawlessly on my Droid Incredible. No glitches as far as I can tell.

    The level Selection UI could possibly be a bit more intuitive, as it's not too clear at first if you're cycling through levels or level sets.

    I can see myself killing a lot of time in this great game. :D
  7. DarthSidious

    DarthSidious Lurker

    Very good port.
  8. ludist210

    ludist210 Android Enthusiast

    I played the first two levels, and it's exactly like my GBA port of ChuChu Rocket. It's just lacking sound.

    It runs smooth as silk on the Droid Eris (2.1, not rooted), but when I tried to enter level 3, it kicked me out. I rebooted and it worked fine.

    Nice job overall!
  9. Kabukiman

    Kabukiman Newbie

    Dear danishcake,

    I love you.

    One Really Big Chu Chu Rocket Fan
  10. jonbonazza

    jonbonazza Android Expert

    Oh shit. I am SO getting this!
  11. MadMule

    MadMule Member

    Works fine on my Droid X.

    And I had to post not only to say thanks for making this great game (that's also free!), but...LOL the third level is shaped like (and called) "Dildo"! :D

    Maybe having the option to mute the sound effects would be nice.
  12. brandoshido

    brandoshido Well-Known Member

    love chu chu rocket. I dont understand how its not a downloadable game on XBLA yet
  13. hogofddyn_

    hogofddyn_ Newbie

    Yup, works well on my Galaxy S. Thanks!
  14. mattdanielc

    mattdanielc Android Enthusiast

    Awesome - thanks so much for this - and less than 1mb too - fantastic :)
  15. -Jester-

    -Jester- Newbie

    As requested. runs fine on my HTC Magic (CM 5.0.8)

  16. jonbonazza

    jonbonazza Android Expert

    Runs perfect on my Htc Evo
  17. danishcake

    danishcake Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Glad to hear it's mostly working well.

    Adding sound on/off should be easy enough. It raises the question: how important is music? Do you prefer a smaller download size, or would music enhance the experience?

    I'll probably rework the main menu at some point, as it's is unclear. It could also do with a % complete widget. I reckon I can improve the image quality a bit when rescaling the sprites. I'll probably bung a few more levels in too.

    Now just to figure out how to get this a little more widely downloaded - still at < 700 downloads :(
  18. jonbonazza

    jonbonazza Android Expert

    I think music is a big thing in games. If you still wish to keep download size small, maybe do a check on start up if the music exists on the device/sdcard and if not, download it from a server. That way you can have music AND have a small file size.
  19. RandomSanity

    RandomSanity Member

    Great port, glad to see another good game in the market. I've been pretty disappointed with the games available, aside from a few exceptions of course. If you don't want to charge you could always just accept donations for your services :p
  20. tinynipples

    tinynipples Newbie

    That was clearly a selfless act! creating an amazing port of a truly frustratingly fantastic game.

  21. Rota

    Rota Android Enthusiast

    Anyone got the apk? It doesn't show up in the market for me with the QR code or by searching. I wasted many hours of high school math with this game on my TI-83 and I really want to play it again.
  22. danishcake

    danishcake Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Check back here tomorrow at around this time and I'll put up a direct link to the .apk of the next version - I'm afraid I can't upload it now as I'm at work, and I don't have internet access where I'm staying. I'd like to get it tested by a few of you kind gents before I upload it to the market, as I put a dud version up a while back and immediately got a mass of 1 star reviews that still pulls down the average.

    If you can't see it on the market then could you post your phone model, it could be I've got something wrong in the manifest that is stopping it showing up for all phones.
  23. dguy

    dguy Android Expert

    This game is really great. Keep adding levels if you want more downloads. People absolutely love a developer that supports their product.

    One thing that I would like is when you finish a level, either have it go back to the level select menu automatically or have it pop a window up asking what you would like to do or even a window that just says "touch here to continue". It's somewhat unintuitive for the game to just sit there and wait for you to touch the screen when a level ends without telling you to touch the screen to go to the next level.
  24. danishcake

    danishcake Newbie
    Thread Starter

    This is an excellent point - I stuck the current bit of shoddy text in as a quick hack, intending to replace it, but I never did. That is going on the TODO list.

    I'll also try to pop in a couple of levels a week, which should keep it vaguely fresh. I'm making new ones in 9x12, which fits the portrait aspect much better.
  25. danishcake

    danishcake Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Right, here are two versions I'd like a little feedback on. Both contain a plethora of subtle bug fixes with the editor, sound muting and extra levels. The difference is that one has a dynamic background, rather than a static image. I'm not sure if this is too busy and distracting. If you guys are happy with this (eg it doesn't crash) I'll whack it on the market later today.

    Dynamic background

    Static background

    Still got to add the level complete dialog, but that might have to wait until I get back to the UK.

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