|July 29, 2001|
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.
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
|Character||Advantages & Abilities||Disadvantages||Unlocking Criteria|
Rocket RileyClick here to see her page
|Can charge a "Rocket Jump"|
|Playable from start|
|Speed: ★★☆☆☆||Sprint: ★★★☆☆||Jump: ★★★★☆|
MechariahClick here to see his page
Can jump from wall-to-wall
Floats up wind currents
|Unlocked on Perilous Skies|
|Speed: ★★☆☆☆||Sprint: ★★☆☆☆||Jump: ★★★★★|
Jetpack JennyClick here to see her page
|Can hover briefly after jumping|
|Runs slower||Unlocked on Mount Frost|
|Speed: ★★★★★||Sprint: ★★★☆☆||Jump: ★☆☆☆☆|
A serene, quiet course on the shore of Balmy Bay with buckets of sand everywhere.
A dangerous and exotic jungle where countless of creatures roam.
|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
Hidden in the Sand
Find the 8 Gold Nuts-n-Boltz
Undergoing Underground Mishaps
Golden Nuts-n-Boltz in the Jungle
|Find the Eight Gold Nuts-n-Boltz|
Cheetah: Fastest Animal Alive?
Somewhere Under The Rainbow
Higher and Higher
White = None-specific
Normal = Normal platforming/puzzle
Bold = Boss mission
Italics = Racing mission
Bold/italics = Character mission
- 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.