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Chicken Run is a game that had a lot of promise, but fell a little bit short in the final product. Developer Blitz Games did succeed in bringing a stellar claymation movie into the realm of a 3-D polygon world. Add to this mix a Metal Gear like stealth gameplay and you have a possible hit on your hands. But, unfortunately average sound, extremely short gameplay and lack of a multiplayer keeps this from being all it could have been. I recommend giving this game a try though. The joystick is up.
Ich muss mich wiederholen: In Chicken Run steckt zwar, auch wegen der tollen Vorlage, einiges Potential, das allerdings nicht optimal genutzt wurde. Etwas mehr Abwechslung bei den einzelnen Locations und mehr Einsatzmöglichkeiten der gefundenen Items hätten da schon einiges bewirkt. Denn die netten Zwischenspiele und auch die witzigen Dialoge mit toller Sprachausgabe machen zu Beginn Lust auf mehr. So kann ich Chicken Run nur denjenigen empfehlen, die MGS 2 überhaupt nicht mehr erwarten können und nach jedem noch so kleinen Strohalm greifen.
Un jeu à licence qui pêche cruellement par son manque de gameplay. Dommage car le scénario et même le principe du jeu le prédisposait à être un très bon titre.
Game Informer Magazine
Promising, no? Unfortunately, the buggy camera and tedious gameplay drag this game down into the ranks of the ordinary. You often can’t see your foes onscreen, so you must spend all your time looking at the radar. The problem-solving aspects of the game are pretty basic; the missions wouldn’t last more than five or ten minutes if you didn’t have to spend so much time playing hide-and-seek. After a while, I was tired of Chicken Run’s slight charms, and could only think of what might have been.
While those who are fans of the film might find some redeeming quality in Chicken Run, most should definitely avoid it. While it may have been aimed at a younger audience, the game mechanics aren't necessarily simple enough for the kids to grasp easily and subsequently enjoy fully. The various minigames that dot the disc are often amusing, but the game's questionable mechanics detract from its overall quality. Which is sad, as Chicken Run could have been a fun, if pleasantly derivative, game.
Game Informer Magazine
Chicken Run was an entertaining movie – so was Fast Times At Ridgemont High – but that doesn’t automatically make it turn into a good game. Certainly, the graphics in this game are nice, but it’s disappointing that they are just polygonal characters, not claymation like the movie. The overall goal of the game is to complete these funny little quests to try and escape the chicken coop, but the execution just leaves a little to be desired. The overhead view doesn’t make for interesting gameplay, and it offers little variation and gets old fast. I found myself bored with this one pretty quickly, I don’t even think it’s worth a rental, just a passing “hehe, yeah that movie was funny – can’t believe they made a game.”
Official Dreamcast Magazine (U.S.)
For every aspect we like about Chicken Run, there seems to be a negative just waiting in the (erm) wings.