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"Home-grown, original QB cookin a la Hafiz Kassam"
So you've decided
to enter the chicken business, eh? Well, there's no better time than now
to invest! Pick from over twenty chickens, then train the chicken of your
choice to win in cockfights and in races. Bet on the races to win big money.
Then enter the CJA tournament to prove to see if your chicken really is
Once you've mastered
the game, try playing two-player mode to see if you can beat a friend in
the chicken business! It's going to take a little luck to win, but if you're
a smart businessman and you know how to have fun then the possibilities
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
||The game's low point. The colors used
in the game are well-chosen and are easy on the eyes, but it's very hard
to rustle up some graphics points when the majority of the game takes place
on a black background. Also, the graphics are cute but simple, having a
mix of text and circular graphics here and that symbolize the chickens.
It's actually not that bad, it's just the modern standard of QB graphics
is pretty high.
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||You may be living in a place where the
chickens cluck and the roosters sing. But Chicken Jockey has no sound effects,
so you'll have to rely on the graphics and a little imagination to get
the full feel of a farming atmosphere.
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|I'm going to be upfront; strategy games
have never really been my cup of tea, basically because I'm really more
of a fan of the Koei-type Romance of the Three Kingdoms games. As the years
went by, the industry has developed a fondness of the now modern Real-time
strategy game type. I have nothing against this type of game either, but
I admit that I do miss the more numerical interface of a classic strategy
In essence, this is what Chicken Jockey
has to offer. It combines the art of controlling the economy to raise chickens
with a Pokémon-like twist (participating in cockfights and other
tests to see who's the chicken in the country). The key is purchasing a
chicken you like first, feeding it, and training it hard. Then, once you're
out of money training your chicken, you have to use loans, gambling, and
whatever other means necessary to keep the economy in your farm healthy.
To win the game, your chickens have to
enter races and win the CJA tournament. This is easier said than done,
considering you won't get very far unless you treat your chickens with
lots of love and train them hard. To give you an idea of just how much
these chickens need to be pampered, a "spa and massage" training program
is included in the game. Talk about spoiled!
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|The only reason to dock a point here is
because the game ending of Chicken Jockey isn't so strong. But besides
that, the concept of this game is absolutely excellent! First off, it's
original. A lot of strategy games in the PC market nowadays are SimCity
rip-offs or real-time strategy games. Chicken Jockey breaks the tradition
by setting up a farming simulation. And even as a farming simulation it's
absolutely nothing like the current standard of farming games, Harvest
Moon 64 (N64).
Second, there's a level of interactivity
between you and the story as you play this game. Occasionally you'll be
able to name chickens. You'll also get all the latest news, including if
farmers want to trade chickens with you or if a chicken is sick of a disease
and can't participate in a cockfight or race. The factors are all different
everytime, so in a sense you don't get the same story twice.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
|Average. While the fun factor of Chicken
Jockey turns out being really good (see below), the lack of game length
is what hurts the Replay Value. I would have liked to see a little more
length to the game, particularly after I purchased my third chicken and
realized that the coop could only hold up to three chickens.
Think of the replay value of this game
as the equivalent of raising a virtual pet like a Tomagotchi or a Digimon.
Once you've maxed out the chickens, there really isn't much else to do
but start a new game. Fortunately the game comes with ten save slots, so
you'll have plenty of opportunities to test various strategies.
Another cool feature is the Import/Export
feature, which allows players to export chickens from one save file and
import them to another save file. This could be the foundation that allows
people to "trade" chickens the same way Pokémon fans trade their
Pokemon over the Game Boy. The prospect of being able to play a revved-up
version of Chicken Jockey online is too delicious, considering it's such
an original idea. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the Import/Export feature
to work perfectly when I tried it here. I'm guessing there might be a glitch
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|I only see Chicken Jockey being a challenge
if you were playing with a friend. The computer-controlled farmers aren't
very bright, so your chickens won't lose any cockfights and races as long
as you take good care of your coop. But then again, if the game was any
harder than it is, then it would be pretty difficult to enjoy the chicken-breeding
aspect of this game... I certainly wouldn't make the AI any harder without
adding even more options to the game's strategy.
Absolutely key to becoming the top farmer
in Chicken Jockey is knowing how to bet. In the first few turns, when the
first chicken you buy isn't very strong, it can be very demoralizing to
lose a cockfight or two. My advice to you is to gamble against your first
chicken until you've developed a winner. Once you have enough money, you
can invest in the feed and training to develop your chicken into a champion.
Just remember that the chicken loses a little loyalty and determination
with every fight it loses.
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|The graphics may turn away gamers who
like eye candy in their QB games... I implore this breed of people to refrain
from their ways just this one time because Chicken Jockey is a lot of fun!
Take this game for what it is: an addictive, original farming strategy
game. I like the ability of gathering chickens and being able to train
them, but I think the three chicken limit is a little too staggering. I
wanted to have dozens of male and female chickens having a party in my
coop and it didn't happen after I reached the three chicken limit!
The chickens you can buy from the market
are weak to start, but once you place your purchased chickens in the gym,
they become monstrous mega-SuperSaiyan chickens that can basically win
every race and dominate every cockfight. I used my first chicken Smackdown
to win a ton of competitions, and I always had enough money for chicken
feed, obsessive farm gambling, and all other sorts of shenanigans. This
game is original, fun, and fresh... if you like strategy games and you've
had all you can take of the strains of real-time war, this is the game
to download. I really liked this game and I was tempted to overload the
game with stars, but at the same time I wished that the game was a little
bit longer and there was a little more continuity to the options the game
did have. In other words, this game screams sequel like a hernia.
Chicken Jockey Reviewed by QBShire
||To solve: 15-25 min Final Rating: 15/35
To download this game, click here.
game requires a mouse. Make sure you've got the DOS routines installed.
sure Chicken Jockey is unzipped in the "C:\BASICS" drive of your computer.
Chicken Jockey requires this so that it can load its data files.
running QuickBasic, make sure you use the "/l" option by typing "QB /L"
or "QBASIC /L" in DOS, depending on your version of QuickBasic.
Chicken Jockey is unzipped, run "JOCKEY1.BAS" from QuickBasic.
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