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Chip's Challenge 1, or CC1 for short, is the original level set released on the Atari Lynx in 1989, Windows Entertainment Pack 4 (WEP4) in 1992, and later with the Best of Windows Entertainment Pack (BOWEP) in 1994. It consists of 149 (148 in the Lynx version) levels which Chip must complete.

As these were the first Chip's Challenge levels, they begin by introducing the functions of the tiles in the lesson levels, then tie them together in Nuts and Bolts, and add new elements only sparingly from then on out. There are very few levels of high difficulty in CC1 compared to CCLP2 or CCLP3, as knowledge of puzzle design and game mechanics were comparatively primitive.

The levels were designed in approximately three parts: 1/3 of them by Chuck Sommerville, another third by a professional puzzle designer (Bill Darrah), and the rest by Chuck's team of programmers and playtesters: James Donald, M. Peter Engelbrite, Victoria Hanson, RG Goudy, Stephen Jungels, Scott Nelson, and Pete Wierzbicki. The initials of Pete W. are left on Block Factory; Bill is known to have designed Castle Moat and Chuck On the Rocks.

Among aficionados of this type of puzzle game, the windows version (usually referred to as the MS version) of Chip's Challenge (usually referring only to CC1 in this case) is famous for its glitches and busted levels. This was a result of changed mechanics from Lynx to MS and little playtesting in the MS version. Although there were many levels made easier, such as Scoundrel, some levels became far more difficult; the level that would become the Spirals corruption had to be changed because the walkers would spread far quicker under MS rules, and levels with extensive use of hot blocks such as Block N Roll and Special became frustrating trial and error challenges to solve due to the inability to block slap.

List of CC1 levels[edit]

# Level Title Password Time Limit
1 Lesson 1 BDHP 100
2 Lesson 2 JXMJ 100
3 Lesson 3 ECBQ 100
4 Lesson 4 YMCJ 150
5 Lesson 5 TQKB 100
6 Lesson 6 WNLD (MS)
WNLP (Lynx)
100
7 Lesson 7 FXQO 150
8 Lesson 8 NHAG 100
9 Nuts and Bolts KCRE 400
10 Brushfire UVWS (MS)
VUWS (Lynx)
80
11 Trinity CNPE 300
12 Hunt WVHI 400
13 Southpole OCKS ---
14 Teleblock BTDY 250
15 Elementary COZQ 250
16 Cellblocked SKKK ---
17 Nice Day AJMG 100
18 Castle Moat HMJL 600
19 Digger MRHR 171
20 Tossed Salad KGFP 400
21 Iceberg UGRW 150
22 Forced Entry WZIN 300
23 Blobnet HUVE 500
24 Oorto Geld UNIZ 550
25 Blink PQGV 600
26 Chchchips YVYJ 300
27 Go with the Flow IGGZ 200
28 Ping Pong UJDO (MS)
UJDD (Lynx)
300
29 Arcticflow QGOL 400
30 Mishmesh BQZP 600
31 Knot RYMS 29
32 Scavenger Hunt PEFS 600
33 On the Rocks BQSN ---
34 Cypher NQFI 350
35 Lemmings VDTM 600
36 Ladder NXIS 350
37 Seeing Stars VQNK 800
38 Sampler BIFA 500
39 Glut ICXY 20
40 Floorgasborg YWFH 200
41 I.C. You GKWD 250
42 Beware of Bug LMFU 300
43 Lock Block UJDP 200
44 Refraction TXHL 300
45 Monster Lab OVPZ 300
46 Three Doors HDQJ 250
47 Pier Seven LXPP 300
48 Mugger Square JYSF 300
49 Problems PPXI 200
50 Digdirt QBDH 350
51 I Slide IGGJ 750
52 The Last Laugh PPHT 400
53 Traffic Cop CGNX 500
54 Grail ZMGC 350
55 Potpourri SJES 100
56 Deepfreeze FCJE 250
57 Strange Maze UBXU 400
58 Loop Around YBLT 600
59 Hidden Danger BLDM 400
60 Scoundrel ZYVI 294
61 Rink RMOW ---
62 Slo Mo TIGW 300
63 Block Factory GOHX 500
64 Spooks IJPQ 600
65 Amsterdam UPUN 500
66 Victim ZIKZ 300
67 Chipmine GGJA 700
68 Eeny Miny Moe RTDI 650
69 Bounce City NLLY 300
70 Nightmare GCCG 199
71 Corridor LAJM 500
72 Reverse Alley EKFT ---
73 Morton QCCR 600
74 Playtime MKNH 400
75 Steam MJDV 500
76 Four Plex NMRH 550
77 Invincible Champion FHIC 500
78 Force Square GRMO 500
79 Drawn and Quartered JINU 300
80 Vanishing Act EVUG 800
81 Writers Block SCWF ---
82 Socialist Action LLIO 999
83 Up the Block OVPJ 400
84 Wars UVEO 600
85 Telenet LEBX 300
86 Suicide FLHH 400
87 Cityblock YJYS ---
88 Spirals WZYV 400
89 Block Buster VCZO 450
90 Playhouse OLLM 400
91 Jumping Swarm JPQG 400
92 Vortex DTMI 500
93 Roadsign REKF 800
94 Now You See It EWCS ---
95 Four Square BIFQ 350
96 Paranoia BIFQ (MS)
WVHY (Lynx)
399
97 Metastable to Chaos IOCS 300
98 Shrinking TKWD 350
99 Catacombs XUVU 399
100 Colony QJXR ---
101 Apartment RPIR 300
102 Icehouse VDDU 200
103 Memory PTAC 600
104 Jailer KWNL 300
105 Short Circuit YNEG 350
106 Kablam NXYB ---
107 Balls O Fire ECRE 300
108 Block Out LIOC 350
109 Torturechamber KZQR 150
110 Chiller XBAO 399
111 Time Lapse KRQJ ---
112 Fortune Favours The NJLA ---
113 Open Question PTAS 500
114 Deception JWNL 200
115 Oversea Delivery EGRW ---
116 Block Buster II HXMF 750
117 The Marsh FPZT ---
118 Miss Direction OSCW 300
119 Slide Step PHTY 250
120 Alphabet Soup FLXP ---
121 Perfect Match BPYS ---
122 Totally Fair SJUM 300
123 The Prisoner YKZE 299
124 Firetrap TASX 800
125 Mixed Nuts MYRT ---
126 Block N Roll QRLD 600
127 Skelzie JMWZ 500
128 All Full FTLA 400
129 Lobster Trap HEAN 300
130 Ice Cube XHIZ ---
131 Totally Unfair FIRD 60
132 Mix Up ZYFA 999
133 Blobdance TIGG ---
134 Pain XPPH ---
135 Trust Me LYWO 300
136 Doublemaze LUZL ---
137 Goldkey HPPX 450
138 Partial Post LUJT 300
139 Yorkhouse VLHH ---
140 Icedeath SJUK 300
141 Underground MCJE ---
142 Pentagram UCRY ---
143 Stripes? OKOR ---
144 Fireflies GVXQ ---
145 Thanks to... TONY ---
146 Cake Walk JHEN 999
147 Force Field COZA ---
148 Mind Block RGSK ---
149 Special DIGW 999

Top 10 CC1 players[edit]

Current as of February 17, 2019

  • Melinda score - 5,977,800; +8 is possible on Blobnet.
  • Highest possible bold score - 5,977,720

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