Chack'n Pop is a single-screen platform/action game by Taito and conversion of the arcade game of the same name originally released in 1983. The game stars Mr. Chack'n, a roundish and cute bird-like creature with tiny wings and long legs. While on a romantic night out with his beloved girlfriend, evil purple Monstas appear and steal the couple's hearts, defining symbol of their everlasting love. The little hearts are now confined in small cages and Chack'n must act quickly to rescue them. The objective of each level is to free the hearts and to reach the exit within a time limit (symbolized by a ghost-looking Mighta pushing a large green stone in an attempt to seal the stage's exit). But the task at hand is far from being an easy one. Chack'n is equipped with little time-fused bombs - well, they look and behave more like hand grenades really, and roll on the ground for a few seconds before exploding in a thick (and lethal) cloud of smoke. Curiously, although two bombs can be dropped at the same time, one action button throws bombs to the right and the other to the left, and the player can't throw two bombs on the same side at once. This weapon is mainly used to destroy the cages holding each heart prisoner or against the hordes of Monstas wondering around each level. Talking about Monstas - at the beginning of each level, a dozen of little eggs simply hang from the ceilings, and vicious Monstas hatch out of them if Chack'n fails to send the critters to oblivion in a timely manner. Finally, even though Chack'n possesses incredibly long legs, he actually can't jump! He can however stretch them to reach higher grounds, or walk on the ceiling, upside down, at ease. Chack'n Pop consists of nine screens that endlessly loop and also includes an alternating two-player option.
Cartridge ID: TF-4500
This game is the second title released by Taito on the Famicom. It was released on May 24, 1985. Retail price: 4500 Yen.