The evil green Borx are taking over the galaxy! Can Chewy and his pal Clint steal the plot device to save their world? Evidently not, as Clint is sucked into a wormhole and Chewy is captured by those slimy creatures. We're back in Point & Click adventure gaming territory with BlueBytes' 1995 game Chewy: ESC from F5...
If you've played the classic LucasArts game Day of the Tentacle, you'll certainly get a sense of déjà vu. The visual style is just off-kilter enough to take the juvenile edge off the cartoon look. It's a look that's very reminiscent of that all-time classic. While the style sings, it's pixellated sour notes makes the game appear to be older than it actually is. Germany first got their hands on it in 1995, a full two years after DOTT, yet any innovations made in the intervening years are not found here. When us English speakers were able to give it a spin, it wouldn't be until 1997 - a year in which LucasArts were heralding the sublime The Curse of Monkey Island. The differences between Chewy and its peers were huge.
As such the game sold very poorly. I could also add that the perceived decline in the genre's sales worried BlueByte who only ordered a limited run (they didn't even spend the money to include a printed manual). It is now something of a collector's item yet, like the similarly ignored The Neverhood, the prices it command isn't wholly unfounded.
If you were going to compare a game to one of the best and most revered of its kind, make sure the comparison is favourable. Chewy: ESC from F5 does just that. The visuals may be under par and the mechanics may be standard adventure fare, but it holds within some incredibly funny and charming moments.
When you first take control of Chewy, he is locked in a grimy prison aboard the Borx's spaceship (which bears a striking resemblance to the Death Star). You have to use your wits, and a green viscous goo, to escape. The puzzles, while fairly easy, use a twisted logic that will surely make you smile. There won't be long periods of wondering what to do next, but it makes for a fun romp. If you do get stuck, you'll always find clues in the cleverly scripted dialogue between characters.
Chewy would be a welcome addition to anyone's collection. If you're looking for a classic LucasArts style adventure, then this will definitely please you. It's not quite up there in quality or polish but this lovable pink alien filled a hole left by Day of the Tentacle quite nicely.
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses ScummVM to allow the game to run on modern PCs. The previous Version 3 using DOSBox also included in the download folder. Manual included. Read the ChamberNotes.txt for more detailed information. Tested on Windows 10.
14.09.2019 Ver.2 - Changed fullscreen resolution in DOSBox to suit all desktops.
20.09.2019 Ver.3 - Reinstated intro in DOSBox. The game will only play the intro once. Delete "HDD\CHEWY\ROOM\CSP.INT"
from the install directory to reinstate it.
03.05.2023 Ver.4 - Uses ScummVM 2.7.0 instead of DOSBox.
Version 3 remains.
File Size: 219 Mb (Ver3) 224 Mb (Ver4). Install Size: 462 Mb (Ver3) 506 Mb (Ver4). Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
Chewy: ESC from F5 is © BlueByte
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me