Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg
Genre Action -> Adventure
Today's Rank 2590
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USA
Date N/A
Publisher Sega
UK
Date 2003-10-31
Publisher Sega
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtA lot of games have some pretty weird concepts, but in Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg you have to wear a magical chicken suit given to you by Menie-Funie, god of the chickens, and save the world of Morning Land. Suffice it to say that Billy Hatcher is not based on a true story--but its lack of plausibility is matched only by the quality of entertainment it provides, in what is unquestionably Sonic Team's best ever 3-D platform adventure. The goal of the game is to rescue a golden egg on each cunningly designed level, but the gimmick that allows you to do so is your ability to roll giant eggs around the world and either squash bad guys with them as you go or throw them around like boomerangs. If you manage to run over various types of fruit with an egg it will also grow until you're able to hatch it and get a power-up or magical helper. The latter tend to be cuddly creatures with freakish magical powers such as an icy-breathed seal or a flying fire-breathing lion. The hatchlings are the key to many of the games puzzles, as you try to find a way to freeze a waterfall or burn through to hit a switch. Despite the cute visuals this is no pushover and is easily one of the most fun and inventive games of recent times. --David Jenkins
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