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PGNx Media (May 31, 2006)
Over the Hedge shows that Activision has managed to make the perfect formula for licensed games. The mixture of action, stealth, and minigames will keep your attention for the game’s direction. The solid gameplay is made better because of the excellent presentation. The visuals are remarkably similar and the audio surprises you. Overall, this game is easily commendable.
Game Captain (Jul 11, 2006)
Ab durch die Hecke ist eine solide Filmumsetzung für Kinder und Junggebliebene, ohne besondere Highlights im Gameplay, aber mit sympathischer Präsentation, kooperativem Zwei-Spieler-Modus und netten Extras rund um die diebischen Tierchen.
Gameswelt (Jul 27, 2006)
'Ab durch die Hecke' ist ein leicht verdauliches Action-Adventure, das durchaus Spaß macht, aber auch mit einigen Macken zu kämpfen hat.
AceGamez (2006)
Over The Hedge is a very solid title, especially considering the slew of movie tie-ins it competes with - which all come off as looking very lackluster and limited when compared to this. It's also perfect if you're simply looking for any kids game. There are better options out there for the youngsters, such as Kao The Kangaroo, but the variety of moves, use of character likeness from the film, mini-games and overall presentation will surely please any little one or fan of the flick. If you're part of the older audience just looking for a good platform game then Over The Hedge is far from the best, but then again it isn't trying to be the absolute be-all-end-all platform action game. It sets out to create an entertaining game that compliments the film whilst keeping the attention of youngsters and in that respect it does phenomenally.
IGN (May 25, 2005)
So when it all comes down to it, is Over the Hedge a success despite a few shortcomings in gameplay and presentation? Yes. In fact, looking at pure entertainment value for a younger license like this, Over the Hedge falls just under Ice Age 2: The Meltdown as a game we aren’t ashamed to pass on to our younger family members. The gameplay is simple enough for anyone to get into while still allowing for the necessary depth for older gamers, the experience is well-rounded with great extra content but is hurt – much like nearly every licensed game in existence – by the confusingly “necessary” need for rushed mini-games. With a series like this, we’ll most likely see multiple games pour in (just look at Shrek).
60 (May 29, 2006)
Over the Hedge is another in a long line of licensed titles that have released alongside a movie by the same name. There are some moments where it’s evident that Activision put some real effort into Over the Hedge, but it still feels under-polished on several fronts. Younger gamers and parents should be able to get a fair amount of enjoyment out of the game with their kids, but it’s not really meant for a wide audience. Over the Hedge isn’t great, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction when it comes to dealing with a children’s movie license.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jun 07, 2006)
A solid movie tie-in, Over the Hedge brings younger gamers a nice mix of different play styles, fun team-based gameplay, and lots of missions. The game isn’t particularly original, creative, or inspired, but for fans of the movie and parents looking for an entertaining, if harmless division for their kids, this is a good choice.
GameDaily (May 25, 2006)
Only a miniute review score was given.
GameSpot (May 18, 2006)
We can't speak on the quality of the film Over the Hedge, since it's not in theaters yet, but the game Over the Hedge doesn't really inspire much interest in the property. The PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC versions of Over the Hedge are mostly identical and are saddled with the usual quirks of their respective platforms--expect more jaggies on the PS2, awkward controls on the PC, and so on--though no one version is so different that we can really recommend it. This isn't an aggressively bad game, it's mostly just boring.
Looki (Jul 21, 2006)
Und wieder einmal zeigt ein Videogame, wie es nicht geht. Ab durch die Hecke wurde im Zuge der großen PR-Kampagne zum Film mit der heißen Nadel gestrickt und wirkt selbst für jüngere Spieler so interessant, wie die Hornhaut auf einem Schildkrötenpanzer. Dann doch lieber keine Umsetzung oder endlich einmal etwas wirklich Neues im Genre.
XBox Evolved (Jul 11, 2006)
“Over the Hedge” for Xbox is an average title, for an above average movie; which should come as no surprise. Parents who haven’t already bought the game, that are thinking of giving their kids something to tide them over until the DVD release may find this to be a great selection, especially since it can probably be found at bargain prices, but for the rest of you, I suggest you pass.
50 (Jun 30, 2006)
Nos Voisins les Hommes a tout de l'adaptation de film d'animation en jeu vidéo qui n'a pas demandé un gros effort aux développeurs. Une réalisation moyenne, un gameplay défaillant, des problèmes de caméra et un scénario auquel on a du mal à accrocher si on n'a pas déjà vu le dessin animé avant de jouer. Bref, ce n'est pas la joie et seul le mode deux joueurs sauve un tant soit peu le titre de la déchéance totale.
Lawrence (May 29, 2006)
Over the Hedge doesn't really offer anything new or particularly entertaining for the experienced and/or older gamer. However, it's far better than I'd expect considering it's aimed at kids and based on a film. If you're a huge fan of the movie or a young gamer who wants a good two-player experience, picking up this title wouldn't be a bad decision by any means.
GamesRadar (May 22, 2006)
Even for kids, Over the Hedge is absurdly frustrating with its busted camera and indoctrinating logo-storm. Granted, playing with a friend makes this game a little more tolerable, but not for very long. Like most games based on "highly anticipated feature films," Over the Hedge hardly tries to be a game as much as it attempts to be a vehicle for delivering maximum merchandising. Uninspiring gameplay and negligible story cause this game to descend into barely passable status... and they never let you fly the remote control airplane, which is just inexcusable.
Game Revolution (May 31, 2006)
This formulaic title just has very little to offer. It’s certainly a pale copy of whatever the movie has going for it, minus the star power, plot, humor and soul. And unfortunately they’re going to keep making these things because enough people will buy it just because of the license. Parents, don’t get me wrong - with 35 levels and three unlockable mini-games, this game will indeed get your children out of your hair for several hours more than the movie. And with the co-op mode, it can even distract two of them at the same time. But hey, your kids deserve better than animal criminals. How about getting them an evil puppy instead?