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The game itself is probably not quite as entertaining as the animated content, but it is quite fun to play and provides the opportunities for team-ups and pratfalls, making it an excellent party game. Since the characters were created for this game and, as such, don't already have a rabid following, Hail to the Chimp will never be able to top the Mario Party series. However, Hail to the Chimp was released at a good time; with the 2008 U.S. presidential election nearing, Hail to the Chimp may be the perfect party game for any political parties you may plan to attend on election day.
Hail to the Chimp is a fairly stellar party game, filling a niche which has been sorely lacking on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Any minor flaws are far eclipsed by the game's hilarious presentation and all-are-welcome mechanics. If you're looking for a 40 hour timesink from which you'll emerge with new perspectives on life, liberty and the nature of video gaming, this is decidedly not the game you are looking for. Hail to the Chimp is a party game, plain and simple, budget-priced and ready from the get-go to form brand new rifts in your closest, most treasured friendships.
There are some technical shortcomings; the animation can get choppy when there's too much going on (say, during a volcanic eruption) and it can be tough to keep track of where you are onscreen and which of your opponents you need to be punching in the face. But overall, it's passable. If you're looking for a 360 party game with something for the adults, this is definitely the candidate you should endorse. But we have to think that's a pretty big "if."
Rent. The 360's achievements are pretty easy to nab; and you'll be entertained for a couple of hours.
The main concept behind Hail to the Chimp isn’t bad at all. But the overall experience is so painful at times that you won’t play the game for hours…unless you play it with your buddies…and then again, it’s a long shot. Hail to the Chimp deserves a tap in the back for its originality and wit, but it doesn’t deserve my vote…not until a better and revamped Hail to the Chimp…or Hippo.
Hail to the Chimp could have been one of those wonderfully inviting and thoroughly enjoyable party games for the PS3 and this is too bad since there are some fun moments. Still, I don’t see this game being the life of the party seeing as Nintendo’s Mario Party games offers addictive gameplay and plenty of variety. Sorry, but this chimp isn’t a barrel of laughs.
Hail to the Chimp is one of those games that will quickly become a novelty. There is a fun little romp tucked away in here, but you have to dig (and play the game with other people) in order to find it. The humor is genuinely funny and the profuse amount of content packed on the disc make it worthwhile for fans of quirky titles ripe with humor. The game is certainly not going to win any awards nor will it re-invent the genre. But for those of you who give it a chance you may come away pleasantly entertained for your forty bucks, while other will simply come away frustrated. Not for everyone so make sure you check out the demo on PSN or Xbox Live before taking the plunge.
Hail to the Chimp has a good heart and really tries to build on the aforementioned foundation, but there’s just too much “meh” going on. ‘yawn’
All in all, I can't recommend Hail to the Chimp as a game, but it gets my vote as a satire of politics. The clunky controls, slow character movement, obstructive camera, repetitive gameplay, and chaotic multiplayer work against the title, and although the graphics and audio make up for it to a degree, it's nowhere near enough. The news parodies makes it somewhat worthwhile to watch; maybe they should have released Hail to the Chimp as a DVD movie instead.
Cheat Code Central
With its appealing cartoony visuals, funny political satire, and collection of humorous unlockable videos, Hail to the Chimp isn’t a complete bust. If it didn’t suffer from overly repetitive gameplay, ridiculously unbalanced A.I., and had a bit more variety, this game honestly could have been a lot more fun. As it stands though, Hail to the Chimp is fairly disappointing. If you think you can cope with this game’s many issues and find political satire humorous, then perhaps this game will appeal to you. However, for everyone else I would strongly suggest looking elsewhere for your mini-game fill.
Rick Stults from Gamecock Media Group said “Gamers complain about the lack of innovation and originality in video games. Hail to the Chimp is the antidote” well, Hail to the Chimp might have the originality down with its politically charged storyline; however the gameplay lacks innovation and originality outside of the zany characters and network television presentation. Like the stereotypical politician, Hail to the Chimp promised more than it can deliver. Hopefully, Wideload will pack away the monkey business and get back to things that matter, like brain eating zombies and clever nostalgic gameplay.
Game Informer Magazine
This is Fuzion Frenzy with one-liners about stuffing ballot boxes and endless, boring minigame repetition. There are worse party games around, but many better ways to enjoy the company of three friends.
Hail to the Chimp has zero redeeming qualities. There's nothing about this game that's worth recommending. The AI is bad, the control scheme is unforgiving, it's not funny at all and all of the games feel too similar to one another. Going to the actual polls is more fun than this.
The Review Busters
Is there a reason to play a game like this? No, there is no reason to play Hail to the Chimp. Gamecock has dropped the ball with their latest game. It makes no sense to me and not only that there are hardly any mini games in this party game. Pass on this game, either wait for somebody to toss it in the trash or rent it for a weekend.
G4 TV: X-Play
If I didn't know any better (and believe me I don't), I would say that the team at Wideload were either trying to catch the eye of a television producer so as to spin the game into a cartoon series, or they were trying to find a place for a boat-load of content that they created for a cartoon show they hoped would be picked up but wasn't. Either way, the result is something that is practically unplayable and should be avoided at all costs. I'd say stick to making games and forget about trying to make the transition into a television or web series, but I don't really feel comfortable suggesting that given what is on display here.