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Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg
Into Liquid Sky
20 November 2004
Excerpt: It's nice to see Sonic Team, the guys responsible for Sonic the Hedgehog , try to step away from Sega's mascot for once and try something a little different in the platforming genre (Yeah, I know they're responsible for Samba de Amigo and Phantasy Star Online as well). While Billy Hatcher has the look and feel of a 3D Sonic title, it's core element is puzzle-based on the omnipresent eggs that Billy must keep around to succeed at anything.
Pros: Nice puzzle elements, Bright and colorful level design, Theme song you can't help but hum along with
Cons: Needs a little more polish, Could use a wider range of enemies and goals, Cute factor may turn off some gamers
Summary: Despite its camera problems, which can make
the gameplay needlessly frustrating at points, this is still a solidly
entertaining platformer that offers plenty of value, especially for fans of
Sonic Team's earlier titles, who should appreciate its allusions to there older
games. Billy Hatcher's abundant originality and clever inventiveness are two
elements that have been sorely lacking in many games as of late, making this a
welcome change of pace.
Excerpt: "The night makes people gloomy and brings out the darkness that resides deep within their hearts." So advises a friend as Billy Hatcher begins his quest to restore the sunlight to "Morning Land." Any fan of anime will probably not find it terribly surprising to hear these kinds of weirdly ominous pronouncements spouted by cute, fuzzy animals.
Conclusion: SONICTEAM. Not since the Saturn has SONICTEAM produced an all-new platformer? It sounds like they were a bit jaded with the whole experience but it’s obvious the downtime was well spent drinking heavily, working on a farm and thinking how cool it would be to be a rooster. The platformer influences are readily apparent – the “save the world” story, the vibrant colors, big 3D worlds, a unique protagonist – but it still looks to be more than just an upgraded Sonic the...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is a fun and original platformer that provides a refreshing take on the genre. It requires an open mind and a degree of patience, and those judging the game by its cover will be surprised by the challenge. Buy it and have a clucking good time. Cock-a-doodle-doo!
Excerpt: One of Sega's most influential devlopment houses, Sonic Team, have been behind few games that are not pertinent to the Sonic franchise, at least as of late. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is a refreshing change from the conservative developer that has been Sega with the Sonic franchise. Billy Hatcher is nauseatingly cute and yet designed in a way that can appeal to both the open-minded and younger audience.
Excerpt: With games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Samba de Amigo, and Phantasy Star Online under its belt, Sonic Team has established that, if nothing else, it's capable of conceiving some colorful, visually striking characters. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, Sonic Team's latest platformer, carries on this tradition with aplomb, creating an adorable protagonist and an equally warm-and-fuzzy world for him to run around in.
Excerpt: Platformers. They've been around since the dawn of videogames, they're a perennial favorite that never goes out of style, and every person who's ever laid hands on a controller has likely played one at one time or another. But exactly what is a platformer? This can be hard to define. Looking at it from a classical perspective, it usually involves a character with superhuman jumping abilities leaping bottomless chasms while collecting coins, rings, or other such valuable...