Over the Hedge review

  • Wide variety of headgear
  • Stupid human tricks
  • Cheap price
  • Unoriginal, repetitive design
  • Annoying voice cues
  • Dreamworks' propaganda machine

The levels are designed with strict objectives and don't allow much exploration outside of the standard hunt-for-the-hidden-objects cliche. Featuring invisible walls and areas that must be cleared of repetitiously spawning enemies before any progress can be made, Over the Hedge defines mediocre gameplay.

The never-ending torrent of product placement refuses to blend into the game's background; it clubs you over the head at every opportunity. While earning new hats for your chosen animal can be cute and fun when the hats are of the cowboy or chef variety, nobody wants a cap emblazoned with the Dreamworks logo. When the critters of the forest gaffle a video projector from the humans, the first thing they do is fire up a game of Shrek Super Slam... how convenient (or rather, contrived).

More Info

Release date: May 09 2006 - PS2, GameCube, PC, Xbox (US)
Available Platforms: PS2, GameCube, PC, Xbox, DS, GBA
Genre: Action
Published by: Activision
Developed by: Vicarious Visions, Edge of Reality
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor


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