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Chicken Jockey
(Hafiz Kassam)


"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 the best!

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 are endless!

Graphics (n.)
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
(Very Poor) 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.
Sound/Music (n.)
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
N/A 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 vvvv
(Very Good)
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 game.

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!

Story (n.)
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
(Very Good)
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 or something.

Challenge (v.)
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes
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

Players 1-2 players
Genre: Strategy/Farming Game
Rating To solve: 15-25 min Final Rating: 15/35

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Installation Tips
wThis game requires a mouse. Make sure you've got the DOS routines installed.
wMake 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.
wWhen running QuickBasic, make sure you use the "/l" option by typing "QB /L" or "QBASIC /L" in DOS, depending on your version of QuickBasic.
wOnce Chicken Jockey is unzipped, run "JOCKEY1.BAS" from QuickBasic.

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