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Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts is probably not going to capture the attention of older gamers but the game is entertaining and easy to pick up if you only have a few minutes to spare. The multi-tiered puzzles are a nice touch and will keep younger gamers busy.
Hammy Goes Nuts! may seem to be a bit too simple for most, young players should enjoy it.
Minor annoyances aside, young fans of the film should find Over The Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! fun to play, but older gamers will want to look elsewhere.
Hammy Goes Nuts is an odd piece of software to say the least. I felt compelled to play it in part because of its odd charm, and simple game mechanic, despite the fact that this title isn’t very well done. Everything that HGN does right, like the simple puzzle elements; it immediately lets this positive element flounder by not expanding upon the initial concept. Making the game experience fall very short of being anything worthwhile. Perhaps the developer didn’t have enough time to fully expand on their ideas. This would certainly make sense with HGN, a title that just stops short of being a fully developed design. Sorry Hammy, but maybe this should be your last attempt at going nuts.
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts is far from a well executed game, but it gets bonus points for an interesting base concept. If the developers threw the license away and didn’t worry about it being too hard, an incredibly fun game would have been possible. Given everything said, young fans of the movie may still love it, but experienced gamers shouldn't expect to enjoy it.
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! is a fun and simple game that should keep youngsters that are familiar with the film amused for countless hours. The simple gameplay design and interface along with the large cartoon objects and cute juvenile humor is fund and family friendly. With Christmas right around the corner, Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! is a game worth considering for children of all ages.
Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts! will probably amuse the very young, and it was nice to actually use the touch screen for something other than menu selections for a change. There is no denying the cute and cuddly factor of the cast, and the appealing art style of the cutscenes, but the 2D gameplay, tiny characters, uninspired game design, and a coma-inducing soundtrack should send anyone over the age of ten in search of something else to play on your NDS.
The first Over the Hedge game this is not. Amaze has taken the license and gutted it, leaving the cute fuzzy exterior, but none of the gameplay mechanics that made the first title great. With the dark levels, completely uninspired music, and enemies that are literally sleeping through this game, it would be a miracle for any child to stay awake long enough to finish it. For players that never picked up the first Over the Hedge, go get that instead. Everyone that did play the first game and were hoping for a fun sequel is left holding their collective nuts.
While there have been some glimmers of hope in the quality of licensed games, the reality is that these games are usually a quick cash in. Kids who were fans of the movie will probably enjoy Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts. If you’re older than ten and not a fan of the movie, this is an easy pass.
Games like these are hard to view objectively for what they are: kids games. Do children actually like doing the same thing over and over again? They do seem to enjoy watching the same episode of SpongeBob Squarepants over and over again. We should probably give youngsters some credit, and buy them a much better DS game. Parents looking to get kids some entertaining games should look towards New Super Mario Bros., Nintendogs, WarioWare Touched!, Elite Beat Agents or even Tetris DS. Hammy is merely average, but is made worse in the light of other games that its key demographic will enjoy. Their favorite talking animals this month may be in the latest Over the Hedge game, but games like Kirby: Canvas Curse or Yoshi's Island DS will keep them busy, especially when they realize that the gameplay in Hammy Goes Nuts! isn't any more fun than cleaning their room.
Si Amaze Entertainment parvient avec plus ou moins de réussite à garder l'aspect mignon et poilu du long métrage dans les cut-scenes, le fond n'est pas forcément très reluisant. Loin d'être divertissant, le soft pourrait remplacer un bon somnifère sans le moindre problème. Le gameplay est fade et répétitif et l'ennui omniprésent. A choisir, préférez-lui le premier jeu sorti l'année dernière sur DS.
Over the Hedge is a game that could have very well changed our perception of what to expect in these kids' movie tie-ins; however, after a promising start, it soon became apparent that we were still heading into an average and linear experience, and that's ultimately all that's on offer here. It's no wonder movie tie-ins get such a bad reputation.
An undiscerning child may have a bit of fun for awhile with Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts, and adults may even find the wacky, borderline creepy premise of the game slightly amusing. But if you care about children (or your own sanity), you may want to skip this one and just get the DVD instead.
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