Chip's Challenge Zone, often shortened to CC Zone or CCZone, is an unofficial message board originally created by Tom Patten for Chip's Challenge, which opened August 26th 2008. It is designed for both casual and hardcore fans of the game, as well as discussing other related games such as Chuck's Challenge and Tile World.
On January 1st 2012, CC Zone was relaunched from scratch as CC Zone: The Next Level, featuring a new download database, member awards, and an image gallery for Chip's Challenge content.
In January 2020, Tom Patten announced his retirement from hosting CC Zone and preparations were made to transfer it from Invision Community forum software to MyBB. On January 18th 2020, CC Zone reopened at its current home at forum.bitbusters.club under new administration.
Tom originally got the idea for CC Zone when he used to be an active member on a RollerCoaster Tycoon website named RCTSpace. He liked the idea of having a large message board with a user community showing off their Chip's Challenge projects, plus having monthly competitions running at the same time for the community. Since Tom didn't see anything like this for Chip's Challenge yet, he decided to create CC Zone at first for his own Chip's Challenge projects. As more members joined the site, he left it open for the rest of the world to share their own opinions and projects within the game.
Competitions for Chip's Challenge players have been held on the site since its inception. The two main types of competitions are Time Trials and Create Competitions. The first asks participants to send in their best scores for levels that are usually made specifically for the competition. The second asks users to submit their own creations based on some restriction or theme and then to be judged and ranked. Other types of competitions are run occasionally. These include Treasure Hunts, Survival Competitions and Special Challenges. Participants in any of these tasks are awarded Chip Cup points that accumulate over the course of a year to find the winner of the Chip Cup.
Before the migration in 2020, CC Zone was an easy place to share levels made by users. Its download section had become the primary place for players to share their own levels. The interface allowed for updates to old versions of a set, as well preview images, comments and ratings. The current version of the site has less support for file hosting, in the form of attachments to thread posts—there is no longer an automatic version history or dedicated downloads section. It remains the primary place for file sharing, but quick, temporary uploads are now often done through the community's Discord server.
Users could formerly create and maintain their own blogs on the site. Many users used this to post write-ups about specific subjects varying from journal entries to set reviews.
CC Zone was chosen to be used for voting on Chip's Challenge Level Pack 1 levels back in 2013.
CC Zone award levelsEdit
CC Zone formerly had an award system for various tasks before a forum software upgrade removed them. Many rewards were based on activity or participation on the site, such as entering a competition, but a few were given for simply solving a Chip's Challenge level. Solving the custom levels listed below gave a user an award.
|Blobs on a Lake||You have proven that lucky timings can't stop Chip by beating Rockdet's "Bloblake"!||Bloblake||Rock-Alpha.dat|
|Through the Fire and Flames||You have literally gone through hell by beating ManipulatorGeneral's "Through the Fire and Flames"||Through the Fire and Flames||andrewb1 new.dat|
|Mmm... Pi(sanity)||You managed to keep your sanity intact by 3.14% on beating Pieguy's "The most insane level ever!"||The most insane level ever!||pi.dat|
|Cheating Death||You cheated Death by beating AdrenalinDragon's "Final Destination" (Version 2, MS or Lynx)||Final Destination||TomP-FDV2.dat|
|Lounging Around||You managed to move your furniture around the lounge in Quiznos00's "Lounge Act"||Lounge Act||TS0.dat|
|The Adventures of Chipchip||You solved the mystery of the ship by beating ChipHome5's "Delivery Ship"||Delivery Ship||ChipHomeIS.dat|