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Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg (GameCube)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

First new Sonic Team character since the Sega Saturn knuckles-rox (11) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.8
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall MobyScore (6 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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88
Fragland.net
He has a chicken suit. Yes, Billy has a chicken suit. And he has to save the world from the black crows that want to bring eternal darkness... Billy the Hatcher is Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog creator) and the SONICTEAM's first completely new platform game since the Saturn era. And believe me, it's good.
80
UOL Jogos
"Billy Hatcher" é facilmente reconhecido como um jogo do Sonic Team. O pedrigree é inconfundível, e apesar de seus defeitos, o game merece pelo menos um aluguel pelos fãs do ouriço da Sega.
80
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Totally bonkers, cunningly simple, yet downright fun from start to finish. With plenty to uncover, only a lack of variety prevents this from being truly essential.
80
NintendoWorldReport
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg isn’t the greatest game in its genre, but it is Sonic Team’s best 3D work in years. Those mature enough to overlook the blatantly “kiddie” image will be treated to smooth gameplay worth at least a rental. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg had the potential for excellence. I eagerly await a sequel with more imaginative missions and less annoying audio.
80
GamePro (US)
Have the waters parted? Is it the end of the world? Has?has Sonic Team made a non-Sonic game?! Yes, it has?and while it's not the hard-working, dedicated world-beater it appeared to be at last spring's E3 show, Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is an inspired platformer in an age when inspiration in platformers has fallen into the "yeah, let's deal with that later" category.
79
Gamezone (Germany)
Als Fan der ersten Stunde konnte ich den neuen Titel des Sonicteams natürlich kaum erwarten. Billy Hatcher macht besonders in den ersten paar Levels einen tollen Eindruck und kann dabei mit seinem durchaus gelungenen, wenn auch verrückten Flair begeistern. Kein Mensch hat verlangt, dass die zerbrechlichen Eier besonders einfach zu steuern sein müssen, nur hier liegt eindeutig das Problem von Billy Hatcher: Was Anfangs noch als innovatives Feature verstanden wird, sorgt in den späteren Levels schnell für Frustgefühle. Wer sich natürlich reinhängt, kommt auch hier durch, aber die leicht cholerischen Gemüter unter Euch werden sehr schnell die Lust dabei verlieren. Schade drum, denn Billy hat wirklich großes Potential, nur wurde eben bei der Steuerung etwas geschlampt.
79
Game Freaks 365
In the end of the day, I wish I had more time to play Billy Hatcher, but you know how 5-day rentals go. Maybe one of these days Sega will be more supportive of us here at GF365, afterall, we review many of their titles. I must truthfully say that Billy Hatcher was a fun game to play, which could have had much greater potential if a few more development months were put into it.
78
4Players.de
Aber Kiddie-Spiel hin oder her - mir hat die Eierjagd genau so viel Spaß gemacht wie Warios wilde Klopperei! Das Spielprinzip ist erfrischend anders, die Suche nach neuen Eiern und Spezialattacken motiviert und das interessante Leveldesign lockt immer wieder ans Pad. Wer dem Charme von Segas Kultfigur Sonic erlegen ist, dürfte auch an Billy Gefallen finden – auch wenn das Spiel trotz einiger Anleihen nicht die Rasanz des Igelsprinters erreicht. Selbst die Multiplayermodi können für kurzweilige Arenakämpfe im Splitscreen sorgen. Leider zehren einige sich wiederholende Aufgaben, Grafikschwächen im Detail und sporadische Kameraprobleme genau so am Spielspaß wie die grauenhafte, ja gemeingefährliche Soundkulisse. Trotzdem: Wer ein witzig inszeniertes Jump&Run für zwischendurch oder ein Weihnachtsgeschenk für Neffen, Nichten oder Oliver Kahn sucht, liegt mit Eier-Billy genau richtig.
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GameZone
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is more than just a game about a boy who collects giant eggs. In actuality, this game is more about using eggs than it is collecting them. Billy uses them by pushing (rolling) them across the game's uniquely designed worlds. It's a strange concept, but is very rewarding, so hear me out. Every egg starts out the same size (roughly the size of the game's star, Billy). Through the collection and digestion of various fruits, the eggs will grow until they reach their maximum, hatch-able size. Once they're ready to hatch, Billy can cock-a-doodle-doo and reveal whatever is hiding inside the shell. It could be a helpful item, a useful ally, or nothing at all!
77
SegaFan.com
Las siete fases de las que consta el juego se dividen en 8 niveles cada una, 5 a jugar con Billy y las otras 3 con sus compañeros, una con Rolly, una con Chick y una con Bantam, estando estás últimas accesibles sólo después de rescatar a estos personajes. En total, la friolera de 56 niveles, aunque tan solo 13 obligatorios para obtener el Huevo Gigante, lo que vienen a ser unas 3 horas de juego aproximadamente sin contar los reintentos de rigor. Realmente no resultaría una buena forma de amortizar la compra dedicarse solo a ellos, dejando de lado más de 40 niveles y un modo multijugador por explotar.
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neXGam
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg ist ein solides Jump´n Run, das vor allem von der abgedrehten Story und dem ungewöhnlichen Gameplay in Form des Handlings mit dem Ei lebt. Abgesehen davon bleibt eine schwache Technik (abgesehen vom Sound), zu wenig Abwechslung und viele Elemente, die wir in nahezu allen Jump´n Runs wiederfinden. Trotzdem werden SEGA- und Jump´n Run Fans (und vor allem Anhänger des Sonic Teams) ihren Spaß mit Billy haben. Alle die nicht zu den gerade genannten gehören sollten es unbedingt vor dem Kauf anspielen, um im Nachhinein nicht enttäuscht zu werden.
77
IGN
From the maker of Sonic the Hedgehog comes Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, a sickeningly cute, colorful and sometimes-weird 3D puzzle-platformer designed exclusively for GameCube. Some gamers may be tempted to shrug this project off as too simple -- to "kiddie" -- to warrant a look. True enough, Hatcher's lighthearted theme and easy-to-learn play mechanics will appeal to a younger demographic more than any other.
75
The Video Game Critic
It takes a while to gain traction but Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg will grow on you. I could never play it for hours on end, but I find myself coming back to this time and time again.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Billy Hatcher And The Giant Egg est un titre tout à fait plaisant. Oui, c'est ça, plaisant est le mot. Pas vraiment prise de tête, avec une réalisation qui tient la route, le jeu nous fait passer de bons moments au pays des poulets. KFC a du souci à se faire !
75
Lawrence
Sega's Sonic Team has had its up and downs over the past few years. I say downs because it's hard to keep creativity generating by putting out Sonic rehash after Sonic rehash and not put out something truly new. They finally get back to innovation with Billy Hatcher and his eggs. What results is a refreshing diversion from the normal platformer with the heart and soul of a Sonic game.
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Netjak
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg looked to follow Super Monkey Ball and its sequel as one of the most innovative and fun games available for the GameCube; however, while the Super Monkey Ball games are designed to be difficult, Billy Hatcher is difficult as a result of its design, and that is where it falters. What’s most disappointing about Billy Hatcher is that it could have been a top-notch game if only the control was more refined. As it is, though, the control, along with a small number of other poor design decisions, takes the game from being a blast to being an expensive bundle of frustration. Billy Hatcher isn’t necessarily devoid of value, but the unnecessary pain involved in getting to the fun hardly seems worth the effort. That said, if Billy Hatcher still sounds interesting, make sure to rent it first; at least that way you’ll know what you’re getting yourself into.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Despite flaws aplenty, we just can't help ourselves recommending Billy Hatcher And The Giant Egg. After a spate of important platform games with engrossing and amusing plots, which sacrifice the roaming of Mario 64 and other top titles for linear progression and rigid structure, it's nice to come across a fairly meaningless but devilishly addictive platform game that isn't afraid of, ulp, hatching a few new ideas amongst the rank and file and giving you options. Granted, it's going to earn its critics, with some problems that just aggravate to the point of throwing the pad down, and it isn't as essential a purchase as Mario Sunshine or Jak II, but it is the best platform game Sonic Team's made since the 2D hedgehog adventures that made them, and that's as good a reason as any to buy it.
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Jeuxvideo.fr
Avec une durée de vie moyenne (plus d´une trentaine de missions entrecoupées de boss), un gameplay original et un scénario en béton vibré (nan, je déconne), Billy Hatcher est un bon petit jeu à réserver aux plus jeunes.
70
Factornews
Une originalité évidente se dégage de ce titre et on retrouve la patte délirante de la Sonic Team. Si Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg reste un agréable moment à passer, il manque d’envergure et de finition pour devenir un indispensable. Espérons qu’une suite permette d’en faire une vraie saga et par la même occasion un jeu monumental.
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Kombo.com
Billy Hatcher certainly gets the job done with the casual, younger gamer audience. And although for adult gamers, the SEGA platformer may seem short-lived, those patient enough to warrant the entire game experience will feel rewarded, even despite many of the game’s gameplay shortcomings and kiddie atmosphere. Still, the title’s definitely a rent for those wishing to take on a surprisingly challenging platformer with a very underrated multiplayer mode to shake things up.
70
Cubed3
SEGA have tried to bring us something new here, but it all deflates far too quickly and becomes nothing more than an average adventure that few will wish to experience. Repetitive objectives and some laborious puzzles will have you crying at times, but then you are inspired by the superb egg rolling physics or one of those obligatory moments of Sonic Team genius. We loved the multiplayer, we hated the music, we loved the graphics but hated the game after ten hours of play. It all makes for one very average experience. It's a solid example of how to do a platformer, but those of you waiting for a SEGA masterpiece; beware.
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allaboutgames.co.uk
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is a Sonic Team game will suited to the GameCube. The graphics style, and the control nature, means it works well on the console. The game is one which is worth picking up for both Sega and platforming fans alike.
67
GameSpot
With games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Samba de Amigo, and Phantasy Star Online under its belt, Sonic Team has established that, if nothing else, it's capable of conceiving some colorful, visually striking characters. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, Sonic Team's latest platformer, carries on this tradition with aplomb, creating an adorable protagonist and an equally warm-and-fuzzy world for him to run around in. Indeed, "cute" is the most appropriate way to describe Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, though "frustrating" may also come to mind as you make your way through the game.
65
Nintendo Difference
Billy Hatcher est un bon jeu qui plaira aux fans de jeu d'action/Plate-forme qui ne veulent pas se prendre la tête. L'ambiance qui s'en dégage fait du bien au moral et c'est ce qui est plaisant dans cette histoire. Car on joue et on ressent bel et bien du fun. Le jeu se veut très facile et malheureusement trop court. A vous de peser le pour et le contre sur ce qui est dit dans le test.
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SEGA-Portal.de
Einzig die neue Spielidee, welche trotz der Mängel begeistern kann sorgen dafür, das Billy Hatcher and the giant Egg nicht Flügellahm im Genreallerlei versinkt. Für Genrefans ein klassischer Fall von Hass-Liebe.
60
Super Play
Själv är jag inte riktigt så nyfiken, så jag övergår istället till Battle Mode, där man bland annat kan besegra sina vänner genom att stjäla deras ägg och trampa på deras nykläckta hjälpdjur. Det tar bara ett par minuter och är precis hur kul som helst.
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GameSpy
It's been two long years since the last original Sonic Team platformer, the Dreamcast's Sonic Adventure 2. That game met with an extremely mixed reception, and I won't be surprised if the new Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg does as well. While Hatcher has some neat ideas and cute characters, it's too rough around the edges to compare to the stellar platformers that brought Sonic Team to prominence in the first place.
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Press Start Online
Overall, then, Billy Hatcher has some nice ideas and some not-so-nice ones: for the most part it's dull and lifeless; occasionally it's maddening; and sometimes it can be quite good. But only very rarely, unfortunately. Verdict? Scrambled.
50
Game Revolution
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