Over the Hedge for the Gameboy Advance is a fabulously mediocre game. I realize that "fabulous" and "mediocre" are not often used together in the same breath, or for that matter the same sentence, but let me explain. There is not one area that this game excels. Nor is there an area in which it is painfully bad. This game is perfectly content to straddle the line between awful and stupendous. It is, in short, the very definition of "meh".
Let us start with the plot. You play primarily as RJ and Verne, one a wise-cracking raccoon with a hefty debt to a hungry bear, and the other everything you would think about how a turtle would behave. Except maybe a little faster. RJ previously acquired the testicular fortitude to steal an entire winter
The control scheme is nondescript. You walk, you run, and there
There are also skills unique certain levels. Different portions of the game employ different skill sets; in one level you may be able to dash and attack, whether in another you can
This game has some repetitive moments. I would estimate that about 80% of total game play is spent picking up objects necessary to advance to the next level. Most of that time spent has you running around picking up candy which you exchange for objects outside back at your home base which are mostly useless save for a few moments entertainment value of playing with the puzzle objects found in the game. There are a select few, however, which are very useful, such as the stamina and health upgrades. Considering the game is nigh impossible later on without the stamina upgrades (even for me, who is a considerable amount older than this target audience), I spent a lot of time playing through earlier levels to get the candy necessary, and the whole “run around and get the thing” shtick got old . This being a children
The graphics are so-so. They
The sound is just that, sound. I turned off the music after a while because there
As far as extra stuff goes, you can purchase a TV and a video game console from the possums as well as puzzle objects if you gather enough candy, but by that time I just wanted to roll the credits and be done. So that
All in all I hesitate to recommend this game, even for kids. It has play mechanics that gave me pause as an adult, and a few moments that just plain didn
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Lydia Graslie is a crazy English/Math double major and a glutton for punishment at BHSU, which is located in scenic Middle-of-Nowhere. Her age is the product of two consecutive numbers with a sum less than 30. She can often be found reading old-school science fiction novels and pestering professors with bizarre physics questions, such as "Why do rocks make that ploosh noise when you throw them into deep water?" and "How much force does it take to throw a sewing needle through a pane of glass?". Lydia kinda looks like a librarian but has picked up too many swear words and uses them too effectively to ever be one.
A fairly recent comer to the world of console gaming, Lydia's first real system was a PS1. Video games were for boys when she was a tyke. That all changed when she swiped a cousins N64 for a weekend and was quickly sucked in. She got a Playstation for Christmas and caught up fairly quickly to her peers, and now enjoys friendly competition with friends who have been gaming since they were just out of diapers. Playstation is her favorite console, primarily because the controller is far more symmetrical button-wise than other recent systems.
Lydia specializes in action platformers, her favorites being the Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clank series. She's also pretty good at DDR and enjoys a good space drama, such as Xenosaga or Star Ocean. However she's not too big on violent games and owns only one title rated higher than Teen. Games with wicked social commentary and moral conflicts delight her immeasurably. P.S. Barbie has the intellectual depth of a bag of microwave pork rinds. View Profile