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Rocket: Robot on Wheels (Nintendo 64)

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Description

Whoopy World was finished. The high-tech theme-park would be opening tomorrow. How much Rocket, the maintenance robot, wanted to go and see it he could not even tell, but the professor barely noticed. Then it happened. Jojo the raccoon, sick of playing second banana to the insipid Whoopy the walrus, stole all of the tokens, tickets, and Whoopy. There was no time to tell anybody, Rocket had to go and stop Jojo alone.

Rocket: Robot on Wheels is a 3D platformer like no other. It features 8 vehicles in 6 worlds all in unscripted, realtime physics. As Rocket you have to go through the worlds collecting (suddenly a dirty word) tokens and tickets and fixing machines to get the park up and running again. The vehicles are everything from a customizable roller-coaster to a paintball tank that allows you to paint the town red, or any other color you choose. In standard platformer fashion, tickets are hidden in out-of reach places or held by characters who give them to you, after you beat them at their own game. The realtime physics engine makes it even more interesting with objects actually tumbling and falling like they would in real life.

Screenshots

Rocket: Robot on Wheels Nintendo 64 Title screen
Rocket: Robot on Wheels Nintendo 64 Throw a sheep at brambles to make it stick and use it as a platform
Rocket: Robot on Wheels Nintendo 64 But Jojo the Raccoon has other plans!
Rocket: Robot on Wheels Nintendo 64 Luckily, these sharks don't have laser beams on their heads

Alternate Titles

  • "Sprocket: Robot on Wheels" -- Working title

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The Press Says

Total! (Germany) Nov, 1999 1.25 out of 6 95
IGN Nov 24, 1999 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Jan 01, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Dec 15, 1999 7.6 out of 10 76
Power Unlimited Feb, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Player One Dec, 1999 73 out of 100 73
HappyPuppy Jan 25, 2000 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Super Play Jan, 2000 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Rocket: Robot on Wheels appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

References

Scattered around Whoopie World are pictures of JoJo the Raccoon mascot. In these pictures, JoJo bears a striking resemblance to Sly Cooper, the raccoon hero of Sucker Punch's later game, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.

Awards

  • Total! (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2000 – Most Original N64 Game Design in 1999 (together with Hybrid Heaven)

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anon anon (11) added Rocket: Robot on Wheels (Nintendo 64) on Apr 13, 2001