Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg
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  • Sonic Team
  • Adventure - Maze/Puzzle/Explore (example - Zelda,Tomb Raider)
  • 9/24/2003
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6  |  Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg Review (GameCube)
larsoncc , 10/10/2003 5:16:44 AM
Title ScreenChoking back the urge to 'jam out' to Len's Steal My Sunshine, I once again popped Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg into the GameCube. That's right, I've played Billy Hatcher, and you and all your bully friends can't stop me.


Just kidding - almost anything could stop me from playing Billy Hatcher. "Hey, man, let's play some air hockey" pulled me away from Billy Hatcher pretty effectively the other night. However, Billy Hatcher does a respectable job of being what it is - a sappy kids game. Sonic Team, the developers of Billy Hatcher, have a well deserved reputation for delivering kids games that everyone can play. Nights Into Dreams, another Sonic Team creation, was one of the most unique, yet charming, games of its time.

I was hoping for more of the Sonic Team magic here. At first glance, it seemed like they've pulled off a real winner, too. The music is unmistakable - it's very similar to other Sonic Team creations, and this really raised my hopes. Unfortunately, for all its unique little quirks, Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg follows a formula, and it follows that formula just a little too closely.

roll an eggThe goal of the game is very straightforward. Go through a level, get power ups, find a boss, get rid of the boss. The game differs not in the formula, but in the play mechanics. To make progress in the levels, you push around some eggs, and run over fruit. As you run over the fruit, the eggs get bigger, and finally, you can break open the eggs to reveal a "power up" - an animal that will help you.

There's a dedicated "cluck" button as a result of this absurdity. You're in a rooster suit. Yeah, it's all just a little too sappy.

Unfortunately, that's not the only problem with the game. They've added physics to how the eggs move. You must push the eggs, and it can, at times, be difficult to maneuver the eggs around. There's also the frustration of jumping with the egg. It can be difficult to get the hang of bouncing with the eggs. Once you get used to the controls, it's not so bad, but there are a few places where you'll find yourself egg-less at the wrong critical moment.

So, Billy Hatcher is definitely a kid's game. The graphics are painfully cute, the concept is sufficiently odd, and the music is fun and adventuresome. The question is, will kids play it? I think that some will. I don't think I'd buy it for my kid though. I don't know that I can recommend the game, honestly. Billy Hatcher manages to be quirky.... But not quite fun. I give Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg a 6/10.

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