Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 100
    Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a fantastic game for anyone who loves old school platformers and match 3 puzzle games.
  2. A game with little of marketing which shows itself as a surprise from EA: one of the best games released this year for the DS, intending to show that DS owners not only live with "stylus."
  3. It is only March and I already know Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a very strong candidate for game of the year on Nintendo's handheld. The exciting adventure mode mixed up with the puzzle gameplay is a surprisingly good formula that's both entertaining and very rewarding.
  4. It’s the kind of game that can only work this well on the Nintendo DS, and despite a rather simple puzzle element, ends up being better than the sum of its parts. If you’re looking for your next DS fix, this one will have your head buried in it for days.
  5. Not only is Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure a classic original game (that's sure to become a franchise if it attains the success that it so rightfully deserves) but it's one that combines platforming and puzzling in an ingenious fashion, making it a real breath of fresh air in the stale atmosphere of endless casual game derivatives and shovelware that continues to plague the DS.
  6. 90
    On their own, the adventure and puzzle segments of Henry Hatsworth would not be especially interesting videogames. But this experiment succeeds because of how well the two genres play off one another. While certain level elements can feel monotonous, the core experience is sound, delivering controlled chaos into the palms of your achy, sweating hands.
  7. Overall, Henry Hatsworh in the Puzzling Adventure is truly a satisfying game and has provided the most fun I have had on the DS in quite some time.
  8. 90
    There isn’t much more that can be said about Hatsworth without coming right out and telling you to buy it, which is exactly what I’m doing. The game blends the action/patforming genre with traditional puzzle gaming very well, the music, visuals, character design, and story is all completely over the top, and the action elements are a total love letter to dozens of different games spanning a handful of different schools of design.
  9. If you own a DS, be sure to put Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure on your "must buy" list. It may not have gotten a massive amount of press, but it's sure to rise in popularity thanks to positive word of mouth.
  10. 90
    Games like Hatsworth is the reason why the DS was made and the DS was made for games like Hatsworth.
  11. Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is one of the most unique games on the Nintendo DS, and a blast to play.
  12. As we have already said, Henry Hatsworth is one of the best and biggest surprise the Nintendo DS has given us in this year. Its excellent and varied gameplay is its best argument to understand its success between the critic and the public, apart from its fun story and its unlimited addictivity, thanks to combining two concepts: puzzles and platforms.
  13. 90
    It's as addictive as Puzzle Quest, but instead of utilizing an RPG element, EA married the puzzle concept to a platformer. The result is a fantastic title that should appeal to gamers of all stripes.
  14. A combination of two of our favourite DS genres mixed into one charming game. [May 2009, p.70]
  15. Combines two genres successfully into one and creates something new in the process. Slight repetitiveness aside, the game is challenging and a whole lot of fun. [June 2009]
  16. Handsome, witty, and very good company. [May 2009, p.72]
  17. Henry Hatsworth is one of the most unique games on Nintendo DS. A good game that blends the action - platforming genre with traditional puzzle gaming exceptionally well.
  18. This odd combination of platforming and block busting makes for one awesome experience.
  19. If you like platformers or puzzle games, try Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure. You'll enjoy it.
  20. It's charming, innovative, and although flawed, simply brilliant.
  21. Take a look at the latest platform games of the DS and, now, expend one minute to see Henry Hatsworth in action. This iconic gentlemen has a hilarious story to tell you, fusing at the same time puzzle and platform genres with an extraordinary ability. Without any doubt, one of the best DS games of the year.
  22. Though Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling adventure kind of ends on a sour note with a particularly steep difficulty curve near the end, the entire adventure is very much worth experiencing for any gamer that would like a challenging and quirky platformer with a load of charm on top.
  23. In a medium that needs to bust out of its tried-and-true archetypes, Hatsworth succeeds by thinking inside the box.
  24. The whole package is very much worth playing through, even if it doesn't do much of anything outright new apart from the genre combination. This is the title, like Retro Game Challenge, that is helping to keep the classics around. And for good reason: everybody should get the chance to play them.
  25. Hatsworth manages to line up three titles, New Super Mario Bros, Planet Puzzle League, and Guilty Gear and knocks them out of your collection. It is seriously good enough to replace all three.
  26. A wonderfully unique title on a format well-known for its fair share of quirky hits, somehow EA has managed to fully realise and tap its true potential.
  27. This is a delightfully risky experiment, and the end result is pure alchemy: the blending of two fiercely traditional genres into something both unique and entirely natural. [Apr 2009, p.125]
  28. Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure may have seemed a puzzling combination of gameplay elements, but it came together with wonderful grace.
  29. It's cheap as chips, is perfect for the odd half-hour commute and, most importantly of all, is solid fun. A bizarre, and successful experiment.
  30. An interesting mix of action platformer and match-three, plus a dash of humour, Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a surprising success.
  31. EA did an excellent job blending both genres and we enjoyed the humorous dialogue, cut scenes and gameplay, especially when Henry wrecks bad guys while piloting a giant robot. Fun, charming and addictive, Henry Hatsworth is one of the best games for the DS.
  32. 80
    Each element of the adventure complements the other perfectly, leaving gamers with a true sense of satisfaction afterwards. Definitely not one to miss out on...
  33. This is a title that treats us to a charming combination of puzzles and platforming. You gain bonuses in the upper screen of your DS by solving puzzles on the touchscreen below. The pacing can become a tad bit stressful at times but that's the only major caveat in what's otherwise a charming experience that should appeal to all fans of these two genres.
  34. Two displays, two games, one bowler. Average platformer + average puzzle game + sweet audio & video composition = a surprisingly playable and enjoyable mix. [Apr 2009]
  35. An old school game, plenty of love in every pixel, with great ideas but also some minor flaws. Tea time has never been this fun.
  36. Neither game is particularly great on its own, but the two intersect in clever ways to become much more than the sum of their parts. [Apr 2009, p.83]
  37. Simple enough for non-gamers to enjoy, entertaining enough for hardcore gamers to love, Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a must-play, if not must-own, DS title.
  38. Ultimately, the game requires more skill and frankly, more patience than many gamers, casual or otherwise, will be able to muster.
  39. 75
    The game mostly manages to walk that fine line between catering toward the casual and the hardcore, but in those moments when it leans more toward the hardcore crowd, you experience DS-shaking frustration.
  40. If only EA had pushed the bizarreness boat out a little further. Still, this is a fun little curio.
  41. While the platformer and the puzzler in Henry Hatsworth are perfectly competent, they're nothing special. Neither could be described as classic examples of their genre, and neither offer anything new. The switching mechanic does add interest, but not quite enough to make Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure a great game.
  42. Overall, Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure is a real surprise.
  43. EA's latest DS game is half platformer, half puzzle game, all fun (well, three quarters at least).
  44. Hardcore platformer fans will find this a trying test of skills. Henry Hatsworth could have been one of the most unique and interesting games on the DS, but some baffling design choices hold it back from greatness.
  45. Henry Hatsworth In The Puzzling Adventure isn't a bad game; it's two half-decent ones. [May 2009, p.126]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. chilim
    Mar 27, 2009
    3
    Repetitive combat and boring level design. Puzzle portion only manages to slows the game down, as you constantly having to switch back and forth between puzzle and platform segments. The levels themselves lack challenge and creativity. Challenge comes froms bosses and trap rooms where you're trapped and must clear out the of respawning enemies that do high amounts of damage. As a longtime fan of 2d platformers, I can say there really isn't anything special about this Henry Hatsworth. Mediocre at best. Full Review »
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    10
    This is one of my favourite games ever and certainly my favourite on the DS.

    Henry Hatsworth is not everyone cup of tea (excuse the pun),
    I'd suggest you either adore it, or aren't a fan. The innovative game combines platforming, action, and puzzle all with a good dollop of humour. The first 3-4 worlds are fairly simple and are pretty much there to try and prepare you for the final world which I should warn you, is very very difficult. Few people have played this game, but even fewer have finished it as it becomes very unforgiving later on punishing any mistakes. The puzzle element of the game almost starts out as a separate game because you get that much time to do it. But by the finals levels you must quickly switch between the two, attempting to get yourself extra life and power to be able to continue through the game. And the final boss is absolutely epic. A truly amazing game that those like myself who do finish it, will feel very smug and rightly so. Full Review »
  3. Oct 8, 2010
    7
    Is it one of the best platforms in the modern era, ingeniously mixed with puzzle elements to give it a unique feel? Or, was it an over-rated suprise hit that capitalized on fans hunger for more platform/action titles durring a long onslaught of DS RPG's? Well, it's a little bit of both. But the good far outweighs the bad here. Addictive music, nice character interplay that had me laughing several times (there is genuine humor here in this game), and probably one of the better platform titles to come out of the DS. Game play is very fun and loose, the villian bosses are actually pretty challenging (but fun too), and the game gets increasingly difficult as you go along. After playing the first world (mysteria), I thought I'd made a mistake in purchasing the game, sinmply b/c it was rather easy. But World 2 comes at you pretty fast and furious, and the game continues increasing difficulty to the end.
    Granted, they really could have upped the ante here. Certainly, this could have been an 8 world game, and I think EA didnt totally give us the most for our buck (there is some schintzing here): once you've beat the game , it doesnt have the re-playability factor of say, Super Mario 3. You cant still play. The puzzle aspect intensifies original gaming, but doesnt hold up with repeat play.(once you've beat the game)
    It's a nice game. Funny, completent platform aspects, smooth controls, but EA could have put a bit more chomp into this.
    Still, I'd really like a sequel to this. A superior sequel. One i think EA can deliver. If they choose to.
    Full Review »