Look, we’ve spent the past 20 years pondering why SEGA appears to have given up on the ChuChu Rocket! franchise, so forgive us one article on what appears to be a smartphone exclusive. Set to release as part of the new Apple Arcade initiative, ChuChu Rocket! Universe is a bonafide spiritual successor to the cult Dreamcast classic, with an all-new storyline and the traditional gameplay experience intact.
For those of you who don’t remember the original, your objective is to guide streams of obedient mice around checkerboard arenas, avoiding any cats (or KapuKapus) who may get in your way. In multiplayer, you need to get the titular ChuChus into your spacecraft, while sending hazards in the direction of your pals. It’s the kind of gameplay loop that would feel right at home on the PlayStation 4, seeing as local multiplayer has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance.
Alas, it looks like it will be tied to iOS devices for the time being, but there’s always hope that it could be ported to consoles in the future. And frankly it should be, because a world where ChuChu Rocket! remains a relevant and viable franchise is a world which we want to live in.