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Over the Hedge shows that Activision has managed to make the perfect formula for licensed games. The mixture of action, stealth, and minigames will keep your attention for the game’s direction. The solid gameplay is made better because of the excellent presentation. The visuals are remarkably similar and the audio surprises you. Overall, this game is easily commendable.
All in all I liked this game. Its fun, its simple, and kids will like it. While it lacks the portable entertainment value of the GBA version, so does it also lack the tears of frustration that can result with kids who don't deal well with unresponsive controls. I enjoyed playing it, even as a grown-up.
Dank der spielerischen Abwechslung sowie der variantenreichen Ziele im Spiel, erhält der Gamecube-Ableger die Krone der "Ab durch die Hecke"-Hitparade. Trotz der linearen Levels ist das Geschehen immer wieder erfrischend, der Kooperativ-Modus eine gelungene Sache, die zukünftig in allen Spielen Standard sein sollte! Schöne Grafiken sowie eine außerordentliche Synchronisation sorgen für eine gelungene Spielstimmung. Zwar ist der Umfang nicht der größte, trotzdem werden auch ältere Spieler ein gelungenes Spiel Ihr Eigen nennen dürfen. Jungspunde sollten sowieso zugreifen!
Auch wenn im Kino Ice Age 2 klar die Nase vorn haben dürfte, macht Ab durch die Hecke auf dem GC eine etwas bessere Figur. Vor allem der Zweispieler-Modus ist ein deutlicher Pluspunkt und natürlich die Original-Synchonsprecher des Streifes. Eine gelungene Filmumsetzung!
'Ab durch die Hecke' ist ein leicht verdauliches Action-Adventure, das durchaus Spaß macht, aber auch mit einigen Macken zu kämpfen hat.
Wer seinem Kind bzw. seinen Kindern in der Sommerpause etwas anderes gönnen möchte als GTA, Prey oder Hitman, darf sich darüber freuen, dass Activision die passende Lösung parat hat: Ab durch die Hecke, das Spiel zum Film, ist zwar keine Innovation, setzt aber das klassische Spielprinzip des Jump'n'Runs auf gelungene Weise um und bietet dank Ab durch die Hecke-Setting auch den richtigen Flair. Auch die eingeladenen Freunde aus der Volksschule dürfen mitspielen, dank Kooperativmodus. Für die jüngeren unter uns also bestens geeignet, den alten Hasen kann ich empfehlen sich den unterhaltsamen Kinofilm zu Gemüte zu ziehen.
Over the Hedge is based upon the Dreamworks CG-animated film of the same name, which was recently released to positive reviews and a second-place finish to "The Da Vinci Code." The film follows the exploits of RJ the raccoon, Verne the turtle, Stella the skunk, and Hammy the squirrel as they fight off the suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating. Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, and Steve Carell lend their voices to the film, and Ben Folds provided several original tracks to the soundtrack. I have yet to see the film, though I have heard that the narrative does a so-so job of appealing to both adults and children.
While definitely not the sort of game that makes you spaz when you hear about it, Over the Hedge does deliver on the goal of all movie games. That is, to not be a complete pile of garbage. It does have its issues, but at least it doesn't suffer the fate of Shrek 2.
Over the Hedge is another in a long line of licensed titles that have released alongside a movie by the same name. There are some moments where it’s evident that Activision put some real effort into Over the Hedge, but it still feels under-polished on several fronts. Younger gamers and parents should be able to get a fair amount of enjoyment out of the game with their kids, but it’s not really meant for a wide audience. Over the Hedge isn’t great, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction when it comes to dealing with a children’s movie license.
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A solid movie tie-in, Over the Hedge brings younger gamers a nice mix of different play styles, fun team-based gameplay, and lots of missions. The game isn’t particularly original, creative, or inspired, but for fans of the movie and parents looking for an entertaining, if harmless division for their kids, this is a good choice.
We can't speak on the quality of the film Over the Hedge, since it's not in theaters yet, but the game Over the Hedge doesn't really inspire much interest in the property. The PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC versions of Over the Hedge are mostly identical and are saddled with the usual quirks of their respective platforms--expect more jaggies on the PS2, awkward controls on the PC, and so on--though no one version is so different that we can really recommend it. This isn't an aggressively bad game, it's mostly just boring.
Nos Voisins les Hommes a tout de l'adaptation de film d'animation en jeu vidéo qui n'a pas demandé un gros effort aux développeurs. Une réalisation moyenne, un gameplay défaillant, des problèmes de caméra et un scénario auquel on a du mal à accrocher si on n'a pas déjà vu le dessin animé avant de jouer. Bref, ce n'est pas la joie et seul le mode deux joueurs sauve un tant soit peu le titre de la déchéance totale.
The GameCube version of Over the Hedge can only be recommended to very young gamers. And even this is questionable. While there are, quite unfortunately, far worse movie-to-game adaptations out there, there are also much better ones, some that even appeal to people of all ages (LEGO Star Wars, anyone??). The loads of available extras, such as clips from the movie, a comic, and wire-frame-to-finalized character model animations might whet the appetites of hardcore fans of the movie. But these added bonuses do not alone warrant a purchase of the game. The multiplayer elements allow for parents and their kids to play together, but both will probably get tired of the repetitive gameplay rather quickly. You’re much better off letting your kids get out in the sun and play catch, or any other of the wide range of physical activities that are far more entertaining than Over the Hedge on GameCube. It is summer, after all. Save the time, money, and brain cells and tan that pasty skin of yours!
Over the Hedge doesn't really offer anything new or particularly entertaining for the experienced and/or older gamer. However, it's far better than I'd expect considering it's aimed at kids and based on a film. If you're a huge fan of the movie or a young gamer who wants a good two-player experience, picking up this title wouldn't be a bad decision by any means.
Even for kids, Over the Hedge is absurdly frustrating with its busted camera and indoctrinating logo-storm. Granted, playing with a friend makes this game a little more tolerable, but not for very long. Like most games based on "highly anticipated feature films," Over the Hedge hardly tries to be a game as much as it attempts to be a vehicle for delivering maximum merchandising. Uninspiring gameplay and negligible story cause this game to descend into barely passable status... and they never let you fly the remote control airplane, which is just inexcusable.
This formulaic title just has very little to offer. It’s certainly a pale copy of whatever the movie has going for it, minus the star power, plot, humor and soul. And unfortunately they’re going to keep making these things because enough people will buy it just because of the license. Parents, don’t get me wrong - with 35 levels and three unlockable mini-games, this game will indeed get your children out of your hair for several hours more than the movie. And with the co-op mode, it can even distract two of them at the same time. But hey, your kids deserve better than animal criminals. How about getting them an evil puppy instead?