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100
Game Shark (Apr 22, 2009)
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a fantastic game for anyone who loves old school platformers and match 3 puzzle games. Although the two are very different genres, they compliment each other very nicely. You don’t feel like you’re playing two separate games. Highly recommended.
100
This is a game for quick thinkers - there's just so much going on! We love it, and think all DS gamers should have a go!
92
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.
92
It is only March and I already know Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a very strong candidate for game of the year on Nintendo's handheld. The exciting adventure mode mixed up with the puzzle gameplay is a surprisingly good formula that's both entertaining and very rewarding. The controls are very smooth and accessible, and the design couldn't have been more creative. There's a certain level of skill required for later levels, but if you're up to the challenge, this is definitely the next game you should try out. Once you start playing it, it'll be hard to put down!
91
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure really isn’t puzzling at all. Juggling between the two gameplay styles becomes second nature rather quickly and it’s all grounded by an incredibly fun platformer that will appeal to a wide audience. It’s the kind of game that can only work this well on the Nintendo DS, and despite a rather simple puzzle element, ends up being better than the sum of its parts. If you’re looking for your next DS fix, this one will have your head buried in it for days.
90
Overall, Henry Hatsworh in the Puzzling Adventure is truly a satisfying game and has provided the most fun I have had on the DS in quite some time. The way the game incorporates two different genres (platforming and puzzle) is truly a delight. Everything from the visuals to the addictive gameplay is well done and makes for a solid package. This is one game I can say with confidence is a must buy and here’s hoping we see a sequel from EA sooner then later.
90
Vandal Online (Apr 20, 2009)
Como ya decíamos al inicio de este análisis, Henry Hatsworth en La Aventura Rompecabezas es una de las mayores y mejores sorpresas que nos ha dado la portátil de Nintendo durante este año. Su excelente y variado sistema de juego es su mejor baza para comprender su éxito de crítica y público, además de su divertida historia y su adicción sin límites, gracias a la combinación de dos de los conceptos jugables más entretenidos que hayan nunca existido: las plataformas y el puzle.
90
Kombo.com (Apr 06, 2009)
It would have been nice not to be faked out by thinking this was a casual game, but the surprise to find such a unique, refreshing and ingenious game was good. The DS has been picking up stream lately with some hardcore hits that are sure to bring back jaded Nintendo gamers thinking the casual crowd has taken over. It is obvious that the team at Tiburon are a bunch genius gamers who "get it" when it comes to things like making an off-beat game work on so many levels. Games like Hatsworth is the reason why the DS was made and the DS was made for games like Hatsworth.
90
Worth Playing (Apr 10, 2009)
If you own a DS, be sure to put Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure on your "must buy" list. It may not have gotten a massive amount of press, but it's sure to rise in popularity thanks to positive word of mouth. Snag it now, before it becomes a sought-after title with an inflated price tag.
90
GamePro (US) (Mar 17, 2009)
There were times when my patience was tested by the difficulty but the charming visual style and addictive gameplay kept me motivated to see Henry's adventure through to the very end. It's one addicting platformer, and a must have title for your DS.
90
Destructoid (Mar 18, 2009)
The fact is, despite some uneven (and sometimes) difficulty, Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is one of the most unique games on the Nintendo DS, and a blast to play. While some of the game can get DS-smashingly frustrating, patience and old-fashioned pattern memorization can save the day, and the payoff is exceptionally rewarding. Coupled with some genuinely funny writing and some decent replay value (you unlock an even more difficult “Gentleman” mode upon completion), Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is one of the first must-play DS games of 2009.
90
Wired (Mar 13, 2009)
On their own, the adventure and puzzle segments of Henry Hatsworth would not be especially interesting videogames. But this experiment succeeds because of how well the two genres play off one another. While certain level elements can feel monotonous, the core experience is sound, delivering controlled chaos into the palms of your achy, sweating hands.
90
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.
86
3D Juegos (Apr 15, 2009)
La imaginación es inagotable y creaciones como la de EA Tiburon no hacen más que confirmárnoslo. Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure es un atípico ejemplo de cómo rescatar dos géneros olvidados (plataformas y puzles) para ordenarlos, juntar sus fuerzas y crear una experiencia de juego única, adictiva y francamente divertida.
85
There are a ton of levels in Henry Hatsworth, and each one takes a long time to complete. You'll probably spend about 10 hours trying to finish the whole thing, which is phenomenal for a handheld platform game. You also can't underestimate how fun it is to see a genre that you may not have seen before. I hope EA gives us more of Henry. Let's review the questions from the beginning. Is this property one that EA can run with? Without a doubt, yes. It has enough personality and intelligence to warm even the coldest gamer heart. Is it a good tweak to two different well-worn genres? Yes. They didn't try and do too much. They just took the parts that were the most fun out of each genre and combined them. And, above all, is it fun to play? Absolutely. If you like platformers or puzzle games, try Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure. You'll enjoy it.
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Gamervision (Mar 30, 2009)
I'd wholly recommend resisting that urge, and continuing through the game. While there are definitely many that will be turned off by the difficulty, there's more than enough fun to justify picking up Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure. It's charming, innovative, and although flawed, simply brilliant. A multiplayer mode of some kind would be appreciated, but even without it EA should be proud of this game, and gamers should be proud of them for making it. It's definitely different, a creative risk of sort, and they should be rewarded for taking it.
85
Meristation (Mar 23, 2009)
Henry Hatsworth en la Aventura Rompecabezas es un título desafiante, divertido, tremendamente original y vistoso. La unión de dos conceptos como los plataformas y los puzzles no sólo funciona sino que deslumbra, presentando un acabado inmejorable que hace que, una vez completada la aventura, nos quedemos con ganas de más. Es esta la única gran pega que le podemos encontrar a un título que toca con la punta de los dedos la excelencia, sin llegar a ella contundentemente. Si te gustan los plataformas o los puzzles, o los juegos que aúnan una gran jugabilidad con un envoltorio (historia, gráficos, sonido) notable, adelante. Uno de los juegos del año para DS.
85
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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Gamer 2.0 (Mar 31, 2009)
Though Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling adventure kind of ends on a sour note with a particularly steep difficulty curve near the end, the entire adventure is very much worth experiencing for any gamer that would like a challenging and quirky platformer with a load of charm on top. Though it may have the air of casual style to it, this is definitely not a game for those not deeply familiarly with platformers to just hop in and enjoy.
83
Gaming Nexus (May 26, 2009)
Hatsworth manages to line up three titles, New Super Mario Bros, Planet Puzzle League, and Guilty Gear and knocks them out of your collection. It is seriously good enough to replace all three.
83
Game Revolution (Apr 22, 2009)
Even though the whole package is so fun and well put-together, that doesn't mean all is perfect in the world of Henry. The puzzling is very simplistic and somewhat bare, and has been used multiple times before under multiple pseudonyms over the years. So while it's as fun as it's been (especially with the improvements complimenting the platforming adventure), it's stale. And it's the same with the platforming itself - there just isn't enough new here. The hybrid of puzzler and platformer is innovative, but the pieces by themselves are not original enough. However, the whole package is very much worth playing through, even if it doesn't do much of anything outright new apart from the genre combination. This is the title, like Retro Game Challenge, that is helping to keep the classics around. And for good reason: everybody should get the chance to play them.
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The A.V. Club (Mar 30, 2009)
In a medium that needs to bust out of its tried-and-true archetypes, Hatsworth succeeds by thinking inside the box.
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Spazio Games (May 17, 2009)
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure era apparso interessante fin dai tempi dell’annuncio. Una volta presa confidenza con il titolo non possiamo che confermare le buone premesse iniziali. Il gioco riesce ad unire due generi molto diversi senza sacrificare troppo l’azione vera e propria. Alcuni cali sono inevitabili, ma il ritmo generale dell’avventura impone un alto livello di attenzione ed una discreta abilità manuale. HH è un ottimo prodotto, arricchito da un comparto tecnico valido e da una longevità oltre la media, che ci sentiamo di consigliare senza riserve, sia agli amanti del genere platform, sia agli appassionati di puzzle game.
80
Eurogamer.es (May 18, 2009)
Yo te diría sin duda alguna que lo juegues. Es uno de esos títulos hechos con amor —y eso que viene de una multinacional como EA, aunque sus desarrolladores se largaron cuando acabaron el juego y ahora han creado un estudio llamado DreamRift— y eso se nota en cada pixel. Es un juego de la vieja escuela que tiene ideas brillantes pero que, por desgracia, ha arrastrado también algunos de los vicios de los títulos de antes. Si se los puedes perdonar ve preparándote un te, ponte un monóculo y desenfunda la DS, que Henry te encantará.
80
Cubed3 (Apr 26, 2009)
EA has struck gold with this amalgamation of the platform and puzzle genre thanks to its Tiburon office clearly pouring its heart and soul into the project. Each element of the adventure complements the other perfectly, leaving gamers with a true sense of satisfaction afterwards. Definitely not one to miss out on...
80
Gamernode (Apr 08, 2009)
Simple enough for non-gamers to enjoy, entertaining enough for hardcore gamers to love, Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a must-play, if not must-own, DS title.
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videogamer.com (Apr 02, 2009)
Publisher EA should be praised for creating such a unique game - the fusion of hardcore platforming and block-based puzzling isn't something we've ever seen before.
80
Level 7 (Mar 21, 2009)
Henry Hatsworth är lika mycket ett pusselspel som ett plattformsspel. Genom att lösa ett enkelt, men kul pusselspel på den nedre skärmen får du fördelar på den övre skärmens plattformsäventyr. Och tvärtom. Det är lättkontrollerat, charmigt och stundtals utmanande. Tempot är högt och ibland lite stressigt, men det blir aldrig tråkigt. Henry är okomplicerad spelglädje som passar de flesta DS-ägare som inte hatar genrerna.
80
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Mar 24, 2009)
Henry Hatsworth could quite easily be the latest title from Treasure or Nintendo. A wonderfully unique title on a format well-known for its fair share of quirky hits, somehow EA has managed to fully realise and tap its true potential.
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CanardPC (May 15, 2009)
Lorsqu'on m'a recommandé un jeu mélangeant action 2D old-school et Tetris-like, j'ai commencé par croire à un gimmick marketing, surtout de la part d'un studio (EA Tiburon) connu pour ses jeux de sport. En réalité, l'association des deux fonctionne très bien - la traversée des niveaux fournit un but au puzzle, la réussite de ce dernier facilitant la progression - la réalisation est extrêmement classe et il y a même un niveau sur des bateaux volants !
80
Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 03, 2009)
Si vous êtes friand d'expériences inédites sur DS, ne manquez surtout pas la sortie de Henry Hatsworth : L'Incroyable Expédition. Fusionnant deux genres en un seul jeu, le titre nous fait mener en parallèle des niveaux de plates-formes et des sessions de puzzle-game pour un résultat tout à fait cohérent. Si vous n'avez pas peur de relever un défi aussi novateur que difficile, n'hésitez plus !
80
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.
80
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.
79
Atomic Gamer (Apr 09, 2009)
On the surface, Henry Hatsworth comes across as something casual gamers will enjoy and it is, for the first 25% of the game. After that, in spite of the casual puzzle element, cute story and creative characterization, enjoyment of the game can be seriously undermined by levels that feel like they were designed by sadists. Ultimately, the game requires more skill and frankly, more patience than many gamers, casual or otherwise, will be able to muster.
75
1UP (Mar 17, 2009)
The game mostly manages to walk that fine line between catering toward the casual and the hardcore, but in those moments when it leans more toward the hardcore crowd, you experience DS-shaking frustration. Perhaps I've just outgrown the taste for that punishing, old school flavor, but Henry Hatsworth can be genuinely trying. Despite its colorful graphics, whimsical appeal, and charmingly silly dialogue, this game may just be too difficult for the non-gamers in your life. Heck, I've run through my double digits worth of lives on one boss fight while reviewing this. (Or, alternate theory, I suck.) It's still worthwhile to check out so long as you have realistic expectations, but don't be surprised if your not-so-game-savvy mother can't get past the third world.
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Game Informer Magazine (Sep 22, 2009)
If you're a huge Planet Puzzle League fan and have a large well of patience to draw from, Henry Hatsworth might be up your alley. Similarly, hardcore platformer fans will find this a trying test of skills. Henry Hatsworth could have been one of the most unique and interesting games on the DS, but some baffling design choices hold it back from greatness.
70
Gamekult (Mar 24, 2009)
Combinaison habile d'un platformer 2D et d'un puzzle game, Henry Hatsworth est un titre unique. Pris indépendamment, les deux jeux qui le composent n'auraient aucun intérêt, mais ils sont imbriqués si intelligemment via le double écran de la DS qu'on en redemande. Malgré sa patte graphique inégale et son manque d'inspiration par moments, le Professeur Hatsworth offre bien une approche atypique de la plate-forme. Dans ce titre plein d'humour, les petits coeurs de santé se méritent, le moindre coup de feu peut devenir un missile et les ennemis ont plusieurs vies. Amateurs de plate-forme rétro et de réflexion, vous voilà prévenus.
70
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.
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Games TM (Apr 16, 2009)
Still, Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure isn't a bad game; it's two half-decent ones. And the maths required to work out what that equals as a whole is more brain-straining than anything the game itself will throw at you.


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