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Developer(s) Nano Studios
Publisher(s) Nano Studios
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Genre(s) 3D Platforming
Release Date(s)
July 29, 2001
Age Rating(s)
E

Rocket Riley 64 is a 2001 platform game developed by Nano Studios and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was released in Japan first on July 29, 2001 and later on for Europe, North America and Australia on June 23, 2001. It is the first instalment in the Rocket Riley series and follows the story of titular character Rocket Riley's misadventures as she and her friends attempt to find all the desired parts to fix a powerful teleportation device which will allow them to teleport to General Fleet's flying ship and stop him for destroying the world.

Gameplay

Rocket Riley 64 is a 3D platformer where the player can navigate one of the characters (Rocket Riley, Mechariah or Jetpack Jenny) from a third-person perspective. The game is split into nine separate courses, each one being an enclosed world in which the player is free to wander in all directions and discover the environment without time limits. The main objective of the game is to gather the desired parts to fix their teleportation device in each course; some of these parts can only be obtained by completing certain challenges. These challenges can be defeating a boss, gathering nuts-n-bolts (essentially the currency of the game), racing an opponent or solving puzzles. Like in Super Mario 64, the gameplay of Rocket Riley 64 is very open and allows the player to explore and find small challenges and/or hidden secrets in the humongous courses.

Rocket Riley and the other playable characters share helpful abilities that the player can use to traverse the courses. With her "Rocket Jump", Rocket Riley can charge up her rocket to send herself upwards- she can then hover at that height, although she will slowly start to descend after a few seconds. She can also use her rocket to have an extra jump while in mid-air, like a less-powered rocket boost- even equipped with her slowly descending floating if held long enough. The player can preform a wide range of abilities in addition, including running, jumping, climbing and swimming. Another feature is that the player has a total of five lives at the start and when the player dies, they lose one but if they lose them all, it's game over- however, if the player manages to collect 100 nuts-n-bolts, the player will gain another life.

The other playable characters, Mechariah and Jetpack Jenny, can be unlocked by completing a specific task to help them out. Both of them, while having mostly the same abilities as Rocket Riley, have specific skills needed to get some necessary parts. Mechariah, for example, can float much longer than the other two with his "Heli-Pack", but can't "Rocket Jump" like Rocket Riley, and he can't swim either. However, he can use his "Heli-Pack" to float up wind-streams and jump from wall to wall. Jetpack Jenny, conversely, can float just as long as Rocket Riley but can't use the "Rocket Jump" either. She can, however, use her heavy jetpack to slam onto the ground, creating cracks and/or pushing heavy buttons and pick up objects and move them.

Plot and Setting

Characters

Playable

Character Advantages & Abilities Disadvantages Unlocking Criteria
Rocket Riley
Click here to see her page
Can charge a "Rocket Jump"

Normal floating

Extra jump
Playable from start
Rocket Riley
Speed: ★★☆☆☆ Sprint: ★★★☆☆ Jump: ★★★★☆
Mechariah
Click here to see his page
Jumps high

Can jump from wall-to-wall

Floats up wind currents
Not fast

Can't swim
Unlocked on Perilous Skies
Mechariah (Rocket Riley)
Speed: ★★☆☆☆ Sprint: ★★☆☆☆ Jump: ★★★★★
Jetpack Jenny
Click here to see her page
Can hover briefly after jumping

Sprints sooner
Runs slower Unlocked on Mount Frost
Jenny Jetpack
Speed: ★★★★★ Sprint: ★★★☆☆ Jump: ★☆☆☆☆

Enemies

Extended content
Balmy Bay
  • Ferals - Small bear-like creatures that act like the typical enemy that will attack whenever you're near.
  • Pearly Whites - Small purple clam-like creatures, these enemies wait until you're close by and then jump out of the sand to attack you, trying to bite you with their sharp teeth. Sometimes hard to distinguish with actual clams.
  • Needlecrabs - Small red crabs with sharp claws that charge whenever they see you.
  • Pelicrashers - Ivory-white pelicans that fly around in formation. Although rare, whenever they see you they dive down and attempt to crash into you.
  • Jumping Sharks - At bridges, if you want to walk past you'll have to avoid Jumping Sharks which jump across the bridge in a specific order.
Safari Jungle
  • Ferals - Small bear-like creatures that act like the typical enemy that will attack whenever you're near.
Perilous Skies
  • Ferals - Small bear-like creatures that act like the typical enemy that will attack whenever you're near.
  • Big Ferals - Medium-sized bear-like creatures that are rarer than Ferals. They act similarly but take more hits to take down.

Bosses

Character Advantages & Abilities
Bobèche
The boss of Wax Palace, Bobèche is the self-proclaimed Queen of Candles. She is essentially a candle herself; even made of wax to show for it. She has the ability to control candles, wax and even having a limited control over fire. TBC
Candle Girl

Courses

Worlds

Name Description
Balmy Bay
A serene, quiet course on the shore of Balmy Bay with buckets of sand everywhere.
Safari Jungle
A dangerous and exotic jungle where countless of creatures roam.
Perilous Skies
TBA.
Toxic Forest
TBA.
Mt. Frost
TBA.
Curdle Cove
TBA.
Wax Palace
TBA.

Missions

Balmy Bay Safari Jungle Perilous Skies
Arrgh! Rocket Riley vs the Pirates
The Wave Race
The King of the Jungle!
Spiders and Tarantulas
Above the Clouds
Bird-watching
Hidden in the Sand
Find the 8 Gold Nuts-n-Boltz
Undergoing Underground Mishaps
Golden Nuts-n-Boltz in the Jungle
Saving Mechariah!
Find the Eight Gold Nuts-n-Boltz
Sandcastles, ahoy!
Coconut Trees
Cheetah: Fastest Animal Alive?
Rocky Roads
Somewhere Under The Rainbow
Higher and Higher

Key

COLOURS

White = None-specific

Red
= Rocket Riley-specific
Green
= Jetpack Jenny-specific
Yellow
= Mechariah-specific

TEXT

Normal = Normal platforming/puzzle

Bold = Boss mission

Italics = Racing mission

Bold/italics = Character mission

Trivia

  • Bobèche, the name of the Queen of Candles boss, is a reference to the cup or ring at the top of a candlestick, used to catch melted wax running down the side of the candle.

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