Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games Game Boy Advance

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  1. 90
    If the cute characters don’t hook you, the gameplay definitely will.
  2. 85
    Once you get past all the rainbows and happiness, you'll find one of the best portable sports games around. And hey, those Ham-Hams ARE pretty cute.
  3. Entertaining, addictive, and hard to put down. Next thing you know I'll be watching the sugary sweet anime on Cartoon Network. Just don't tell anyone I know that you heard me say that.
  4. Only one thing will prevent this game from potential success, and that is its appeal. Many gamers are too concerned with their public appearance, and they cannot see themselves walking into the store to buy (what they think is) a cute and cuddly game –- they fear humiliation. But how can you resist such an amazing and fun game such as this one?
  5. AceGamez
    80
    It is very cute and the humour is silly and childish but it is incredibly endearing and just plain good fun.
  6. 80
    Despite its cutesy appearance, Ham-Ham Games is a clever evolution of the "Track & Field" design that fits the handheld market better than the rapid-fire buttonmasher ever could.
  7. The majority of the games are fun and well-designed. However, having a multi-player option is needed for even more fun and replayability.
  8. The graphics are bright and clear, even a little cutesy, and the mechanics for the minigames are, for the most part, simple and well thought out. If you like track and field games don't let the name on the box turn you off.
  9. Cheat Code Central
    80
    A solid effort that can be enjoyed by all ages. Even hamster-haters from way back will find something they like here.
  10. The thing that sets Ham-Ham Games apart from other recent GBA releases is its dazzling colour. This game is refreshingly bright and cheerful, bucking the current trend in handheld games for darker, neutral colours.
  11. Weekly Famitsu
    75
    7 / 8 / 8 / 7 - 30 silver [Vol 814; 23 July 2004]
  12. Not to be confused with any old button-masher, Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games requires a good deal of manual tact and the precision of a true gamer.
  13. The lack of link play makes the game’s replay value pretty slim.
  14. Nintendo Power
    74
    Side stories abound, and Ham Studios keeps you entertained with music and news. [Sept 2004, p.116]
  15. GMR Magazine
    70
    Even if the image of the precious Hamtaro in an apple suit makes you cringe, there's a solid game behind the cuteness. [Sept 2004, p.94]
  16. A nice diversion from other taxing games. It also makes a great mini game for the road, but if you're looking for something that will last for over 20 hours look for another game. [JPN Import]
  17. Older gamers may want to give this a spin for kicks, but younger gamers will appreciate the challenges and fun that Hamtaro: Ham Ham Games brings to the table.
  18. From the prospective of an Olympic game to play, this is a great choice for any kid, or even for you if you’re on the road a lot and get in plenty of Game Boy time.
  19. If Ham Ham Games had a stronger RPG element (a Mario Golf GBA level of involvement would have been fine) and the ability to record high scores by name (it just saves the score, not the scorer) and it would have scored a point or two higher.
  20. Ham-Ham Games delivers everything you could hope for from a GBA title. It’s not particularly big and it’s not especially clever, but it is good fun and that’s what matters. [Sept 2004, p.114]

Awards & Rankings

#43 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KittyG.
    Jan 7, 2006
    10
    I really liked this game, especially the side issues that were going on between sports. It's very cute and funny! However, I wish they I really liked this game, especially the side issues that were going on between sports. It's very cute and funny! However, I wish they would have made a multi-player function so you can play the sports with your friends (maybe even without them having a game-pak). Full Review »
  2. BrendaS.
    Apr 13, 2005
    10
    WOW!! This game is friggin awesome.
  3. HarryH.
    Dec 29, 2004
    10
    its very fun, but if I could, i would have rated it 9.5 because its doesn't have multiplayer.And the little ham-hams are soooo cute, its very fun, but if I could, i would have rated it 9.5 because its doesn't have multiplayer.And the little ham-hams are soooo cute, espeishally Oxnard!!!(i know i spelled it wrong) Full Review »