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Chip's Challenge - August 10, '00 by Dorsola
Game:Chip's ChallengeCompany:Epyx
Type:PuzzlePlayers:1

You don't see many maze games, period. Mazes are usually rather boring, dull and lifeless, and the objective is always the same. Go from the beginning to the end, right?
Well, say hello to Chip's Challenge, one of a few puzzle-type games that came out for the Atari Lynx. The Lynx (for those of you who aren't familiar with it) was one really cool handheld video game system, and I have the proud honor of saying that my father helped to design a few of the games that came out for it (namely ElectroCop and Gauntlet). It featured real-time bitmap scaling, decent sound, screen flipping, an active-matrix color-LCD backlit display, and the ability to hook up via cable to another Lynx for two-player games. For its time, the Lynx was pretty far ahead of the market - it's really a shame that it didn't receive more support.
Chip's Challenge is a collection of some 130 or so levels that are basically just mazes of varying complexity. You play Chip, a really smart computer genius (read: Nerd), who is invited by the head of a computer club (who also happens to be the smartest girl in the world and Chip's secret crush) to take a challenge. If he succeeds, not only can he join the club, but he gets to take his sweetheart to the PROM. (Get it? =) So, always up for a challenge, he accepts, and thus begins your quest through the mother of all maze games.
The objective in most of the levels is to collect a certain number of computer chips in order to open a corresponding socket so that you can exit the level within a certain amount of time. Along the way, you'll encounter walls, movable blocks, magnetic tractor-floors, watery areas, fire pits, ice fields, a variety of switches and toggles, various enemies, and even teleporters that can vary in destination. Lots of things to keep your mind challenged. Some levels may have obvious or simple solutions, while others will require a rather complex series of moves that often must be executed exactly right every time, or else you'll have to start all over. Every level is just a bit more complex than the last. To help you along, every level has a password which you can enter at the beginning of the game, so you can pick up where you left off if you need to put it down for a while.
Chip's Challenge is one of those games where the graphics and sound don't need to be very advanced in order for the game to be great. And in fact, with such small screen real-estate to work with, the game is fairly simplistic in its graphics. This game is essentially made up of icons moving around on the screen, but it's convincing enough for you to know what's going on. Sound is actually pretty decent, though it can be annoying at times since virtually everything makes a noise. The music overall is pretty good, but again it sometimes can be grating. Fortunately, it's possible to turn the music off when you don't want to hear it.
The only current emulator I'm aware of for the Lynx at the time of this writing is Handy, which you can get here on EmuViews. I highly recommend it, as the emulator is about 95% accurate, reasonably quick and very robust. =) Chip's Challenge will keep you thinking for hours, and if you're not careful, you might just not be able to put it down! =) Again, one of the best puzzle games ever made. Try it out now!
Oh, and here's an extra, little-known secret code that will yield some interesting results: MAND. Enter that at the title screen to do some fractal exploration right on your Lynx! Is that cool, or what? =)
Graphics
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7
Sound
Play Control
8
10
Challenge
Replay Value
10
7
Performance

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