Over the Hedge PlayStation 2


Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
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  1. 65
    As it stands, Over the Hedge is entertaining enough to hold its own, and that is a victory in itself.
  2. A few unique touches are overshadowed by crushingly dull gameplay in this perfunctory animated movie tie-in.
  3. The game will provide a good deal of fun for younger fans of the film, even though older kids may not find it to be as entertaining.
  4. The humor and style of the film translate well here and are helpful in filling the gaps where the simplistic gameplay and rushed mini-game mode fall short.
  5. Over The Hedge is not for everyone, and some players will find it too sugary-sweet and uninspired for prolonged consumption, but many players will find it an enjoyable diversion, and fans of the movie and comic strip will find it both an accessible and an enjoyable translation from the source material to game form.
  6. Rated next to proper, real life combat platform games like Jak & Daxter and Sly Raccoon it's evidently a pale shadow of what else is out there, but next to other kids' games it's a massive improvement over what we've seen this year.
  7. This formulaic title just has very little to offer. It’s certainly a pale copy of whatever the movie has going for it, minus the star power, plot, humor and soul.
  8. 80
    If you’re expecting a heavy storyline with complicated characters, Over the Hedge is not your cup o’ tea…it’s a morality tale, the good guys are good, the bad guys are bad…and a happy ending is inevitable.
  9. Even for kids, Over the Hedge is absurdly frustrating with its busted camera and indoctrinating logo-storm.
  10. It won’t win any awards for originality, but with quality visuals, outstanding voice acting, and challenging gameplay, Over the Hedge is guaranteed to entertain and delight young and old alike, and should make the perfect companion piece to the upcoming film.
  11. 60
    The game isn’t particularly original, creative, or inspired, but for fans of the movie and parents looking for an entertaining, if harmless division for their kids, this is a good choice.
  12. If there's one true complaint we could lodge against Over The Hedge, it's the game's real lack of camera control.
  13. Play Magazine
    It's packed with missions and objectives, clever yet straightforward level design and delivers co-op and single player switch-on-the-fly movie derivative critter-foolery. [July 2006, p.72]
  14. It’s clear Over The Hedge is only intended to be played by the same under-12 crowd that saw the movie, because this is a game that doesn’t come close to challenging the skills of any gamer over that particular age demographic.
  15. 40
    Kids who loved the movie will like the game. Everybody else will be bored to tears.
  16. Play UK
    Like the film this will keep you amused for a good hour and a half but not a lot more. [Issue 142, p.94]
  17. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Games based on kids' movies are getting somewhat better, but Over the Hedge reverts to the same old beat-up-a-bunch-of-bad-guys- formula. [Oct. 2006, p.88]
  18. PSM Magazine
    It's stuff like this that gives games featuring licensed cartoon characters such a terrible reputation. [Aug 2006, p.85]
  19. Over The Hedge's quality ranges from decidedly below average to outright terrible, and you can almost hear the executives at DreamWorks and Activision trying to squeeze every cent out of the license instead of making an entertaining game.
  20. This is a game that mom or dad can feel safe buying for their child to play.
  21. I debated not even mentioning that the game has a nicely implemented two-player mode (if you're flying solo, you can switch between characters with a shoulder button press) because I didn't want a parent thinking, "oh, hey, I can play this game with my kid." No, no you can't, and nobody should be forced to even try.
  22. Lastly, the main game isn't all that long, coming in at about five or six hours. In a way, that's a good thing, as I can't imagine the game lasting much longer without things starting to get a bit old, plus the multiplayer and mini-games will probably add a few more hours to the mix for younger gamers. Still, it's something to be aware of, especially if one is considering spending $40 on the title.
  23. The mixture of action, stealth, and minigames will keep your attention for the game’s direction. The solid gameplay is made better because of the excellent presentation.
  24. Over the Hedge is a game that doesn’t add anything new to its genre or to the movie it came from originally, but makes for a decent tie-in.
  25. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Repetitive platform action. It's playable, just, but staggeringly uninventive, uninspiring and instantly forgettable. [Aug 2006, p.101]
  26. 50
    Over the Hedge has exactly what you’d expect the typical movie-licensed video game to have: unoriginal, repetitive gameplay that’s obviously cashing in on a movie which had much more work put into it.
  27. Nothing but a mediocre button masher with weak combos, boring platform gameplay, frustrating mechanics, and minigames you’ll only enjoy if you’re evil enough to force a friend to play along.
  28. More mature gamers will find themselves a little underwhelmed, but on its own it's a nice looking, nice sounding, and fairly fun title.
  29. PSM2 Magazine UK
    Simple, clean and fun - this is a fine example of a children's videogame, with some jokes for the grown-ups too. Surprisingly entertaining. [Aug 2006, p.76]

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 15, 2014
    This is the game that inspired me to become a pro gamer. Easily the greatest game ever created and flawless in every aspect. The biggestThis is the game that inspired me to become a pro gamer. Easily the greatest game ever created and flawless in every aspect. The biggest surprise of the title comes from the fact that Cory is indeed in the house Full Review »
  2. KeenanSullivan
    Jun 8, 2009
    To my surprise, this game was actually quite fun to play. There's a ton of different missions and minigames to play. The developers madeTo my surprise, this game was actually quite fun to play. There's a ton of different missions and minigames to play. The developers made the environments destructible which adds even more fun to this title. Where this game truly shines however is when you're playing with a friend, then it's a total blast to play. Unfortunately the game is marred by a camera that is troublesome at times and sometimes it can get repetitive. But as a whole, this game is a great buy for kids and even for hardened gamers. At least give it a look. Full Review »