• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2003
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8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

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  • Summary: A wicked plot by a sinister raven and his massive flock of monstrous crows has cast Morning Land into darkness. Only Billy Hatcher and his friends from the human world can bring the dawn again to the lands of the Chicken Elders. Get ready to discover a wild and unpredictable world whereA wicked plot by a sinister raven and his massive flock of monstrous crows has cast Morning Land into darkness. Only Billy Hatcher and his friends from the human world can bring the dawn again to the lands of the Chicken Elders. Get ready to discover a wild and unpredictable world where you'll use the surprising power of the giant eggs and the creatures they contain to make your way through puzzling realms and challenging missions. You'll be surprised by what you can do with these eggs but it will take quick moves and a Rooster Suit to foil the fowl forces of Dark Raven. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. The unique movement issues seem to add to the game, instead of detract from it, forcing you to learn a new set of mechanics instead of relying on the same old run and jump techniques that most platformers seem to rely on.
  2. GameNow
    83
    The mechanics of egg rolling, egg bouncing, and egg hatching are so well done and fun to execute that they infuse the whole omelet - er, game - with deliciousness. [Oct 2003, p.50]
  3. 80
    Despite the novel ideas, Billy is, at its heart, a fairly normal platformer...but with Sonic Team at the helm, you really can't go wrong.
  4. The bizarre story and cheery atmosphere are all trademarks of Sonic Team. The trademark razor-sharp controls, unfortunately, did not make its way into Billy Hatcher.
  5. Edge Magazine
    70
    It's impossible not to feel disappointed with a title that, to judge by it's opening, ought to have competed on an even footing with "Super Mario Sunshine." Instead it's an uneasy compromise between the splendour of the early levels and the inadequacies of later missions. [Dec 2003, p.88]
  6. 60
    Charming, that certainly covers it. One damned charming game from start to finish. It's not perfect, it's not flashy, but it is a real adventure of discovery, and there are plenty of extras to keep everyone happy.
  7. 40
    Polygon counts are noticeably low, for both the characters and the levels, and to have an accomplished developer like Sonic Team not push the hardware is quite a disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 27, 2015
    10
    This is my favourite game of all time. The characters are adorable, but at the same time awesomely cool. What other game could make a chickenThis is my favourite game of all time. The characters are adorable, but at the same time awesomely cool. What other game could make a chicken suit look cute and cool? The game is incredibly fun, the controls are smooth, although you might need to get used to them at first. But when you do... oh man the amount of fun you'll have! The egg-rolling mechanics feel natural and it is very satisfying to kill enemies. The graphics are beautiful, perhaps it doesn't hold up much today for the technical side but in terms of style, it's wonderful! There's also some anti-aliasing put in, runs at 480p and at 60FPS with rare instances of framerate drops. The only thing I could say is a problem is that the story could have been fleshed out more, and the ending was a bit of a slap in the face (because it was too short), and the physics could glitch out a bit at a few times. This game REALLY deserves a HD remake, or even better, a sequel. Come on, Sonic Team, make a new Billy Hatcher game! Expand
  2. MetalC.
    Oct 2, 2003
    10
    This is such a good game, it isnt even funny. What is funny are the reviews thata re surfing around the internet!
  3. JacobS.
    Sep 29, 2003
    10
    Any game by sonicteam is awesome.
  4. AlexK.
    Dec 2, 2003
    10
    This kid kicks some serious monster butt!!!
  5. Chrisleblanc
    Oct 5, 2003
    9
    This game rocks!!!! a hundred percent better than sonic dx which totally sucked!!!!
  6. Jan 8, 2016
    9
    The game is very unique in what it does. Its a different game were they took something as silly as a boy in a chicken suit and turn it intoThe game is very unique in what it does. Its a different game were they took something as silly as a boy in a chicken suit and turn it into something great and fun.

    The whole mechanic you have to deal with with the eggs and the different creatures you get to hatch is what makes this game something worth trying out, not to mention its obvious charm and unforgettable music that to this day I still remember, and its been years since I last played the game.
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  7. DanielM.
    Nov 9, 2004
    7
    Good eggy fun.

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#28 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
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#14 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003