Also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows via Disney Afternoon Collection
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers was one of Disney's shows of which I was aware as a kid but never really watched much of. Pretty much everyone who spends any time on the internet is aware of Rescue Rangers even they don't think that they are; no one can escape R34 Gadget no matter how hard you try. Other than seeing little bits and pieces of the cartoon as a kid, though, that was the extent of my knowledge of it. I never played the game growing up, and I never sought it out when I got older. It was just "meh" to me.
Rescue Rangers is a platformer, but it's one with a very different feel than Duck Tales. Instead of playing as an aging duck, you play a tiny little chipmunk...or a squirrel...or some small rodent, I don't know. As such, the momentum and movement feel a bit different. You move a little faster and jump a little higher (albeit without a pogo), and the character feels a bit floatier. Instead of hitting things with a cane like a golf club, you pick objects up and throw them at enemies. While the levels are MUCH more straightforward than those in Duck Tales, the game was a lot more difficult for me. It wasn't brutal, but I definitely found myself dying more often and having to take a lot more time and care with levels in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
The music in the game is of the same pretty high quality as Capcom's other Disney-licensed games, and the same goes for the visuals. Colors are bright and well balanced, and the various enemy sprites are all well detailed and move fairly smoothly. There's some noticeable slowdown in parts of a few levels, but for the most part, the game performs pretty well. There's a nice variety of levels - around a dozen if memory serves - and each level has a pretty distinct look and feel, so the gameplay never feels stale or rehashed.
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is a good platformer and addition to Capcom's Disney-licensed portfolio, but I personally found it disappointing after having played Duck Tales and Duck Tales 2. It's a good game, but it just doesn't stand up against those two in my opinion. Like the other Capcom Disney games I've reviewed, it's readily available in the Disney Afternoon Collection, so if you've downloaded that, give it a go. It's a very different game than Duck Tales, so it's very worthwhile to experience both even if I find this to be the inferior of the two.
My Rating - 3 Neps
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