Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure Reviews (Nintendo DS)

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Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure has way too many pluses than negatives, giving this game a huge rating from me. I haven’t had this much fun with a game since Pokemon Diamond and Perl. If you own a Nintendo DS then you have to buy this game right now.
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IGN (Mar 13, 2009)
There isn’t much more that can be said about Hatsworth without coming right out and telling you to buy it, which is exactly what I’m doing. The game blends the action/patforming genre with traditional puzzle gaming very well, the music, visuals, character design, and story is all completely over the top, and the action elements are a total love letter to dozens of different games spanning a handful of different schools of design. The pop-up combat feels great, and is a perfect way to hide more hardcore elements into an easily accessible game, while upgrades, mobility, level design, and game progression (the introduction of new enemy types, repeating anti-hero “rival” battles, new mechanics, and the like) show just how much detail went into making Hatsworth a game for the ages.
90
UOL Jogos (Apr 01, 2009)
Apesar da pouca atenção dada pela própria Electronic Arts, "Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure" é um dos melhores jogos de aventura já lançados para Nintendo DS e uma das principais surpresas deste ano. Misturar aventura tradicional 2D com um quebra-cabeça simples de eliminar blocos: uma proposta simples e criativa, mas realizada com rara competência e esmero.
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GameSpot (Mar 26, 2009)
The combination of traditional platforming and block-busting puzzles is an odd marriage, but Henry Hatsworth makes it worthwhile. Both aspects of the game are first-class, mixing intricately designed platforming stages with frantic puzzle action. The visuals make your elderly protagonist quite endearing and bring the world to life with vibrant colors. The music is also top-notch, complementing the hectic action perfectly with some energetic beats. The high difficulty in the later stages can be frustrating at times, but that is the only tear in the otherwise immaculate suit Hatsworth proudly wears. Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is not only one of the strangest platformers on the Nintendo DS, it's also one of the best.
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Nintendo Life (Mar 21, 2009)
It’s not every day a game like Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure comes along. Featuring a very original, robust, and polished experience, gamers of all ages should at least try the game. It might not be for everyone, but for those who dig in under the game’s skin, they’ll be rewarded with one of the best titles on the Nintendo DS.
80
Factornews (Apr 28, 2009)
Vous l'aurez compris en lisant ce texte, Henry Hatsworth est une excellente surprise. Après quelques passages de plateformes, on sera ravi de souffler un peu en nettoyant le monde des énigmes, alors qu'à d'autres on fustigera contre ce monde qui ne se remplit pas assez vite alors que Hatsworth le vieux n'a plus qu'un demi coeur et est entouré d'ennemis.
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Thunderbolt Games (Mar 29, 2009)
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure may have seemed a puzzling combination of gameplay elements, but it came together with wonderful grace. It’s a fun and funny adventure that’s almost impossible to find fault with. Its greatest shortcoming, perhaps, is its level of challenge; this is simply not a game that can be enjoyed by all. That said, it’s still one heck of a “Good Show!”
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Pocket Gamer UK (Mar 26, 2009)
Still, even though Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure isn't the deepest game you'll ever play on the DS, there's no doubt that its mix of gameplay combined with the style of ol' Hatsworth himself - something reinforced with typical cutscene humour - offers plenty of charm and fun. This is one clubbable gent worth spending quality time with.
80
GameDaily (Mar 16, 2009)
In the end, EA did an excellent job blending both genres and we enjoyed the humorous dialogue, cut scenes and gameplay, especially when Henry wrecks bad guys while piloting a giant robot. Most of the game's too easy and the shooting eventually grows repetitive, but we still suggest giving Henry Hatsworth a try.
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Gamestyle (Apr 19, 2009)
Overall, Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a real surprise. The game has come from out of nowhere and is an accomplished title. The platform and puzzle elements mix really well and the game shows an attention to detail that demonstrates a fun and playful attitude from the development team. Gamestyle would be more than happy to see more of this ethos of fun, innovation and enjoyment in other releases. The only real reservation we have is that we can’t see many people playing through it again after reaching the end. However, this is a whimsically wonderful adventure at a near budget price and is well worth a look.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 13, 2009)
However, while the platformer and the puzzler in Henry Hatsworth are perfectly competent, they're nothing special. Neither could be described as classic examples of their genre, and neither offer anything new. The switching mechanic does add interest, but not quite enough to make Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure a great game. If you just can't get enough Bejeweled and don't mind a decent 2D platformer now and again though, it's fun.