Finished Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2
from to on 28 Sep 2023 18:02

A follow-up to

Playing on the same device (PinePhone Pro that runs ArchLinux), but this time I connected it to a Samsung Dex Station and an external monitor.

Love this sequel. Cool graphics, great soundtrack, interesting gameplay, fun co-op. I also like the difficulty of the game: it’s not super easy, but could be finished after a few attempts for casual player like me. They improved boss fights a lot, now all bosses feel more unique. Also I like bonus level much more because in the first game I just always reach to 1UP in the center cargo in the first row.

Took me 3 attempts. The most hated level for me is the Clock Tower. It’s big and there’s only one checkpoint. Spent many continue here. But the boss is very simple and soundtrack is the best. The part with trolleys (in West world) was also very difficult at first, until I realized that you can launch the trolley once and just stand in behind. My favorite level is the first one. Probably because of nostalgic memories :) The hardest boss in my opinion is the second one (!). But it also have the coolest boss fight soundtrack (I started to see a pattern here).

I never completed this game as a child. Not a long time ago, I completed it on RG280V (a retro-handheld, visible in the photo on the right!), but I used save states. But since I now play more from a phone that has Internet access, I started using the retroachievements service and if you play in hardcode mode, the achievements have a special frame. This made me want to try to play it like this and I enjoy this experience even more! Here is my profile, but you need to be registered to see it.

Now about the dock experience. I recently started using Phosh and I like how it handle docking. When I connect mouse and monitor, it detects it and makes windows like on desktop (with buttons and draggable). But apparently there is something wrong with the implementation of the docking support in the kernel itself, because after several connections/disconnections from dock it stops seeing USB until the next reboot. The resolution is a bit high for PPP, so after long gaming sessions I started to experience rare hiccups here and there, but it’s playable. The station have built-in fans, but looks like they work only with custom Samsung software :( I wish they make a dumber mechanism with a toggle button.

What games are you playing right now and how?


threaded - newest on 28 Sep 2023 21:20 next collapse

8bitdo. Great controllers those. Also nice keyboard. on 28 Sep 2023 23:23 collapse

That SNES one OP has with the analog sticks in particular is excellent for a setup that’s primarily retro games on 29 Sep 2023 05:28 next collapse

Played the crap out of this game and the original with my neighbor as a kid. The co-op made them stupidly fun. on 29 Sep 2023 10:11 collapse

Oh, yes! BTW, for the first game there is a series of achievements called “The Adventures of Chip ‘n’ Doll” where you need to carry 2 player with you without hurting him or losing a life. Never tried myself, but sounds fun. on 29 Sep 2023 19:37 next collapse

Great post 📫 👏 on 29 Sep 2023 19:48 next collapse

What keyboard is that? Those keys look nice! on 29 Sep 2023 21:43 collapse

Thanks! It’s Vortex Tab 90. on 29 Sep 2023 20:38 collapse

Thank you OP for inspiring me to play with my PinePhone again.

Seeing how simple your setup is, I’m thinking I could turn it into my LAN gaming rig.