Chocobo World is a PocketStation game compatible with Final Fantasy VIII. In this game, the player controls Boko the Chocobo, who embarks on a quest to find MiniMog, and is assisted by Moomba and Cactuar. As no PocketStations were ever released outside of Japan, international PlayStation owners could not play this game. Yet its connection to the main game was still programmed into every localization of Final Fantasy VIII so it's possible to play the game buying a PoketStation from Japan but it still leaves part of the game impossible for many players without a PoketStation to take part in. Remedying the problem, Chocobo World was ported and included in the PC version of Final Fantasy VIII.
Chocobo World comprised of black and white pixel graphics. The game can be played exclusively, but is intended as a minigame to Final Fantasy VIII. To play in conjunction with Final Fantasy VIII, the player must find Boko in the world of Final Fantasy VIII. This accomplished, the player is permanently given a user interface for communicating between the two virtual worlds. Here the player may send Boko into Chocobo World to gain experience and collect items, which are transferred back to Final Fantasy VIII.
In Chocobo World, Boko perpetually wanders around a nondescript landscape in search of "events" to interact with, such as enemy battles, friendly encounters with Moomba and Cactuar, and "special" events. Depending on how the player sets the "Move" option, Boko may break from his path to navigate to the nearest event perpendicular to his direction of travel. Players can also turn off the "Event Wait" option, eliminating the need for player input to advance, although choosing this option prevents Boko from encountering special events. At any time, players can intervene and halt Boko's movement in favor of manually controlling him.
Events are shown on the map as black dots, while Boko's location is represented by a flickering black dot. When an event is cleared, it vanishes on the map, only to be replaced by another in a random location. When Boko gains a level of experience through battling enemies, the map resets and randomly redistributes events across the world.
Battles are the most common event the player encounters in Chocobo World. Upon confronting an enemy, the player is thrust into the battle screen. Once engaged in battle, the player's only option is to fight until either the enemy or Boko is defeated. Combatant health is represented by numerical hit points (HP) displayed on the far sides of the playing screen; whoever's count of hit points reaches zero first loses the battle. Combat relies on a variant of the Active Time Battle (ATB) system featured in Final Fantasy VIII. In battle, Boko and his opponent each have a time counter; the first combatant's counter to reach zero is allowed to attack, upon which both time counters reset and the process repeats itself. By alternately pressing the left and right buttons, players can speed up Boko's time counter, reducing the time required for him to attack. Upon winning a battle, Boko receives a magic stone which is randomly placed on a tic-tac-toe-style board. If three stones line up in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row, Boko gains a "level" of experience, which increases his hit point count in Chocobo World and his strength in Final Fantasy VIII. If the player finds Mog within Chocobo World, he will assist Boko in battle as a last resort, i.e., if Boko himself is defeated, Mog will attack the enemy with an attack similar to the Limit Break in Final Fantasy games). If Mog's attack fails to defeat the enemy, he leaves his partner and Boko loses the battle. After losing any battle, Boko must rest to restore his hit points, but the player is allowed to continue the game without penalty for defeat.
In some events, Boko is approached by Moomba, who gives his friend a weapon. A weapon is simply a series of four numbers that determines Boko's attacking power. During battle, the computer randomly chooses one of the four digits on the weapon number to determine the damage Boko inflicts, or the number his attack subtracts from the enemy's hit point count. If, for example, the weapon is 8531, then Boko's damage dealt to the enemy will be randomly chosen from the digits "8," "5," "3," and "1".
Players can have their Chicobos battle each other using the PocketStation's optical communication function.
Another event in Chocobo World involves Cactuar finding items for Boko. Cactuar appears on the event screen and gives Boko one of four items, labeled A, B, C, and D. Although these items are useless in Chocobo World, they can be "imported" to the world of Final Fantasy VIII to be accessed in the player's item inventory. Depending on the player's rank, the probability of Cactuar finding "D" rank items is greatest, but they are among the most common items in Final Fantasy VIII (e.g., basic status recovery items). Conversely, the probability of Cactuar finding "A" rank items is lowest, but they are very rare items.
In the game, there are four friends: Boko, MiniMog, Moomba, and Cactuar. One day, MiniMog decided to find a treasure in "Scary Mountain", and leaves for it alone. When MiniMog failed to return, the three friends decided to rescue MiniMog. While Boko leads the quest, Moomba went out to search for weapons while Cactuar searches for items.
The game uses directional keys to move Boko north (up), south (down) respectively. Another button on the Pocketstation opens the Menu Screen, while the PC version uses the CTRL button.
On the World Map, accessible in the menu screen, there are black dots strewn around, representing Events. These events include:
|Battle||Boco faces up against an enemy, which are either a Red Bat, a Blobra, or a Creeps. When Boco wins, a stone will be placed in a 3x3 grid. When there are three stones placed in a row, Boco will level up. If Boco loses - HP depleted to 0 - Boco will automatically sleep to replenish its HP.|
|Meet Moomba||Moomba will come bringing weapons - which is basically the digit used when Boco attacks an enemy. The player may choose which Weapon to use.|
|Meet Cactuar||Cactuar will come bringing random items, categorized as A, B, C, or D. A are the best items, while D are normal junk. These can be transferred to the Final Fantasy VIII as usable items; A can include Mog's Amulet and Friendship.|
|Meet Koko||A female Chocobo may also be encountered after Boco reaches Level 20, in which he will power up his attacks when summoned in Final Fantasy VIII using Gysahl Greens. These happen three times where ChocoFire will be upgraded to ChocoFlare, then ChocoMeteor and finally ChocoBocle.|
|Meet MiniMog||MiniMog will be found later and after this, will help in Boco battles. He will also appear randomly with stones for Boco to level up.|
|Meet Demon King||The final event when Boco reaches Level 100 is that the Demon King will kidnap Koko and Boco must rescue her.|
|Other events||If the game is left on standby, Boco will rest to replenish his HP and may do things like watching TV, sleeping, fishing, or playing with Moomba.|
|Squall Leonhart - Quistis Trepe - Zell Dincht - Selphie Tilmitt - Rinoa Heartilly - Irvine Kinneas|
|Seifer Almasy - Laguna Loire - Kiros Seagill - Ward Zabac - Edea Kramer|
|Sorceress Adel - Instructor Aki - Angelo - Biggs - Boko - Cactuar - Chocoboy - Headmaster Cid Kramer - President Deling - Demon King - Mayor Dobe - Ellone - Flo - MiniMog - Fujin - Garden Faculty - Fury Caraway - Julia Heartilly - Dr. Kadowaki - Koko - Library Girl with a Pigtail - Ma Dincht - Martine - Master Fisherman - Mr. Monkey - Moomba - Nida - NORG - Dr. Odine - Piet - PuPu - Queen of Cards- Raijin - Raine Loire - Ultimecia - Watts - Wedge - Xu - Zone|
|Balamb - Dollet - Timber - Galbadia - Fisherman's Horizon - Esthar - Centra - Trabia|
|Balamb Garden - Fire Cavern - Balamb Town - Centra Excavation Site - Galbadia Garden - Deling City - Tomb of the Unknown King - Winhill - D-District Prison - Missile Base - Trabia Garden - Edea's Orphanage - White SeeD Ship - Vienne Mountains - Great Salt Lake - Esthar City - Lunatic Pandora Laboratory - Lunar Gate - Lunar Base - Sorceress Memorial - Lunatic Pandora - Ultimecia Castle - Art Gallery - Tears' Point - Centra Ruins - Obel Lake - Islands Closest to Heaven and Hell - Scary Mountain - Shumi Village - Cactuar Island - Deep Sea Research Center|
|Centra - Human - Moomba - Shumi|
|Ammo - Anarchist Monthly - Angel Wing - Battle of the Gardens - Blue Magic - Card Club - Chocobo - Chocobo Forest - Chocobo World - Combine - Crystal Pillar - Devour - Draw Point - Duel - Fan Club - Forest Owls - Game Over - Garden - Garden Festival - Gil - Great Hyne - Griever - Guardian Force - Gunblade - Hotel - Junction System - Junk Shop - Limit Break - Lion Heart - Lunar Cry - Moon - Motorcycle - Occult Fan Magazine - Para-Magic - Piano - Ragnarok - Rail Transportation - Refine - Revolver - Renzokuken - Road Transportation - Save Point - SeeD - Shop - Shot - Siege of Dollet - Siege of Esthar - Slot - Sorceress - Sorceress Power - Sorceress War - Study Panel - Tempest - The End - The Waltz - Timber Maniacs - Time Compression - Trepies - Triple Triad - Weapons Monthly Magazine - White SeeD - World Map|
|Original Soundtrack - FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC - Piano Collections
|Abilities/Command/Support - Chronology - Enemies - Enemy Abilities - Guardian Forces - Items - Magic - Merchandise - Walkthrough - Wallpapers - Weapons - Translations|