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Over the Hedge is far from an impressive game, especially given its ancestry and other current versions. It is apparent that amongst the handhelds, most of the attention was given to the DS version of the game, and the GBA version was simply a cookie-cutter rehash of last year’s Operation Penguin from the Madagascar camp. Still, it does get the job done, and there is enjoyment to be had on a rainy day – just don’t expect to be blown away.
If you have a young child who really enjoyed the movie, they will probably enjoy the game. It’s a neat way to try to introduce them to some stealth gameplay as well. Unfortunately, if you aren’t young, you will easily find the game too boring and repetitive. It’s unfortunate that the game was rather fun to play at first, but dragged down further and further as the game wore on. If you have any interest in the movie games, you’ll be better off looking at the console or Nintendo DS versions.
While there isn’t anything terribly bad about this game, neither is there anything really good to say about it. If a game isn’t fun to play, there’s not much else going for it, as the purpose of a game is to entertain. This game is numbingly boring, and frustrating in some of the levels due to the slowness of the characters’ movement. Families are better off passing on this particular Over the Hedge version.
Auch wenn sich die vielen Levels zunächst nach Abwechslung anhören sollten - so ist es nicht! Das eintönige Spielprinzip und die sich stets wiederholenden Aufgaben unterfordern sogar meinen fünfjährigen Neffen grandios. Nicht spielen, geschweige denn kaufen!
You may want to pick this one up for a younger sibling, son, or daughter, but if you can read through this entire review without help, you're way too old to get anything out of Over the Hedge on the GBA.
While Over the Hege is slightly better than we've come to expect from an avareage movie tie-in it still manages to tick all the right boxes to satisfy it's intended audience: playable characters and senarios from the movie and enough visual refrences to seperate it from similar titles. Initially it's quite fun too with the films characters invading homes in order to collect food whilst attempting to appear as 'invisable' as possible. What quickly becomes apparent though is that this is the game and you'll be forced to repeat these chores until you've amassed enough food only to move on to another, very similar, set of missions. There's also little in the way of replay value (should you want to) and the absence of any mini-games does hurt the overall package. It's not the worse movie tie in we've seen, far from it in fact, it's just not very exciting.
Over the Hedge is not a good game. The other renditions of the movie are better executed, more inspired, and indeed simply better games. Repetitive, bland gameplay, boring yet decent graphics and controls, and abysmal audio make this a title that will have people lining up at the local game hawker to trade it in for something better. To quote that "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, "Sophomoric. Intellectually sterile. 'Low' art."
In this game's credits, there's a list of "kid testers" for the game-- maybe the developers' children. We can only wonder what these kids said when they played this game-- they may have really liked it. Yet if we were recommending either purchasing this game or tickets to the movie to a family with a few kids, the movie would handily win out.
Spannend ist anders. Ab durch die Hecke für den GameBoy Advance ist leider ein weiteres Mal eine typische Filmumsetzung geworden. Kinder, die den Film mochten, werden trotzdem ihren Spaß haben, sollten aber zur technisch besseren DS-Version greifen. Sound- und Grafiktechnisch nicht auf aktuellem Niveau, gameplaytechnisch schon garnicht.
Even if you’re a fan of the movie, there is no compelling reason to play the GBA version of Over the Hedge. Try one of the other versions for a much better experience.
Graphically, I must pause to commend OtH's fluid, rendered character animation. Following the Donkey Kong Country school of graphics, the characters are always bouncing around looking very similar to their big-screen counterparts; some of the animations are very beautiful, frankly. Even better, the sound of the game is great. While voices are used perhaps too much, the music is excellent. It reminds me of the high quality output of Rare in the 90s. Other than these two features, though, I don't think there's much to save this game from the licensed game bargain bin. Though it controls fine and seems to offer something substantial at first, I couldn't recommend it for adults or children.
At times confusing, other times frustrating, and yet others filled with apathy, I don't really approve of this game. There are better games for really little kids out there and older children will most likely be quickly tired of the repetitive nature of this game. As an adult I'm pretty unenthusiastic and vaguely wonder how good it is to sanction picking strange candy up off the ground.