“ Developed by Blitz Games, also for PC and Dreamcast „
I'm never one for kids films really, not to sound like an old grouch but although I appreciate many of them have humour in there suitable for adults, I just don't see the point, sure they look good and stuff but in reality they're aimed for kids and should saty that way. Chicken Run was made by the creators of britains animated finest dou Wallace and Grommit and thats where we are here with the PSX version of the game.
It's likeable enough stuff as you take controld of your little creatures and try to help them escape the nasty farm collecting and releasing all your little friends along the way. Inoffensive as can be here.
The gameplay is fine, nothing to write home about but again nothing to complain about as the platform style is complimented quite well with the smooth animation and little jumps and kicks that your own little poultry can muster up.
Sound is ok as it is provided by the soundtrack of the movie with some overdub voiceovers thrown in for good measure and the graphics are really quite attractive. Thats the good thing about making games of animations because half the job is done already.
Overall this is a nice little platform game that the kids will love and adults may enjoy it too.
Games based on films often turn out to be rubbish, but this game defies tradition by actually being quite good. The plot is the same as the movie of the same name, where a group of chickens, led by the fearless Ginger, try to escape from a farm. In the game you control Ginger (and at later stages Rocky, a ‘flying’ rooster from the circus, and two rats, Nick and Fetcher, who steal goods and sell them to people like Ginger). You have to find numerous items to attempt to escape, and then you can play the mini-games to try and save as many chickens as possible. It has to be said that some of the escape plans are a little stupid, like dressing up as the farmer’s wife to decieve the dogs! Also the mini-games are often a bit too hard, and to get a gold medal you sometimes have to practise for a long time to perfect your strategy. As you are a chicken with no weapons, the aim of the game is not to be seen. Chicken Run borrows some elements from the classic Metal Gear Solid, and although it is nowhere near as good as Konami’s masterpiece, it does provide a decent opportunity for younger gamers to try their hand at a bit of stealth (without any violence of course). Avoiding the dogs is perhaps a bit too easy, because the are plenty of hen huts to run into if you are seen. Then again, the game is primarily aimed at children so maybe this is a good idea. Throughout the game there are pictures to be found hidden around the farm. These are bonus snapshots from the film but aren’t really much cop in my opinion. It’s hard to imagine a child going back again and again to look at a hilarious shot of Babs doing her knitting. There are also video clips from the film to collect, and thankfully these are a little more appealing. Admittedly the game is quite short, taking maybe only 5 or 6 hours to complete. The manual suggests that you then try again to improve your time, although I can’t really see any point in this an
d I doubt that players would get much enjoyment from it. You can always go back to try and get gold medals on each of the mini-games, although some of these games may be a little too hard for younger gamers because some involve button-bashing and I haven’t actually managed to get all the golds myself. Another criticism could be that the graphics aren’t exactly groundbreaking, and the AI of the dogs and Mr. Tweedy (the farmer) is pretty poor. Also the voices are not those of the actors from the film, but we can’t have everything, can we? All in all this is a decent but flawed title, and I would recommend it for children aged 6-12, but probably not for older players. The film was pretty good though!
I recently hired out Chicken Run for the Playstation this weekend, due to nothing on TV at all. I wasn't sure when I picked this game up as it says for 3 years or more but I found this to be quite a puzzling challenge. I liked the movie clips from the game. The movements were very slick and music was great. All the puzzles are based on different tasks the chickens carry out in the film. Very entertaining for all ages. I wouldn't buy this game as I managed to complete it in 2 days. However, it is worth hiring.
General/Summary: Ah. A licensed game. When I first heard about this game I thought "Another licensed game that would turn out like every other licensed game to date excluding Spiderman. After reading reviews of this game on many websites all of them saying that Chicken Run was a solid game I decided to buy it on a whim for 45 bucks at my local EB. When I got home and popped it in my PS it started off like any game with a fairly attractive main menu. Once I choose New Game I was whicked into a world of talking chickens,grumpy old people and amazing environments. This game rocks!!! The gameplay is spectacular with inventive mechanics,the graphics and wonderfully detailed and the sound is just plain superb. Buy this game. Buy it now. Gameplay: The gameplay is what you would call an amazing twist of old and new game ideas. The game is presented from many different camera angles with the most frequent being the overhead view. The camera is part of what makes this game so amazing. Never once does it get in the way of your vision. The developers at Blitz Games should be wholeheartedly be praised for that in this day and age of wonky camera angles that never give you a good view of the action. The gameplay in itself involves running around the Tweedy farm as Ginger,Rocky and the two rats Fletcher and Nick. Your main goal is to find different items to make escape vehicles and other devices. The only problem is that on the farm dogs are lurking at every corner just waiting for you. If you're seen by a dog the game ends so in order to avoid detection you must tiptoe around quietly without a false move. The way you lurk around is very reminiscent of Metal Gear Solid. The game evens includes a radar which shows the dogs and their cone of vision. The game even goes as far as to have the peek view when up against a wall. Blitz Games may have ripped off a game but they sure chose a good game to take ideas from. Graphics: The graphics just add to the o
verall presentation of this game. The characters are smoothly designed and look like their claymation counterparts from the highly sucessful movie. The characters also feature smooth animation that looks like animation should. The environments are very well done also. The Tweedy farm features a smooth and uncluttered look with lighting effects and small details abound. The amazing thing is that very rarely will you see any significant clipping or pop up within the game. Quite possibly the best part of the game is that throughout all the action the framerate nevers takes a hit. Very well done. Sound: The sound in this game is a aural masterpiece. The music is a mix of original music bits and songs taken right from the motion picture. The music is very good for setting the mood of the game and changes according to the action on screen. The sound effects are also on the good side of the spectrum with well done footsteps where the noise changes depending on the surface you are walking on. The best part of the sound is the voicework. Some of the original actors from the movie came back and added new dialogue for the game including Miranda Richardson(Jill on Home Improvement). Sadly, Mel Gibson didn't reprise his role as Rocky the Rooster. I guess he's too busy spending the money he recieved for the Patriot. Oh well, that's a small quibble said about an amazing game. I hope blitz Games continues their sucess well into the future. Well done.
This is an old favorite revisited...Those of us who played and enjoyed the old 'frogger' on arcade machines will find this very similar.... I was first a bit sceptical about this because of the young recommended age group, but after taking the plunge, I dicovered it is fun for all ages, and very enjoyable for kids. It can be quite addictive even if it is not the most challenging game around and it is good if you are playing with a child. I think some of the last levels could be a bit harder, but all - in all a very good game