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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
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  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. Play Magazine
    Demonstrates exactly the kind of pure, playful, unadulterated fun that got me into video games years ago. It's innovative platforming at the top of its game. [Sept 2003, p.72]
  3. Nintendo Power
    Gamers who like platformers served sunny-side up will be utterly won over by Billy's upbeat energy and infectious music. [Nov 2003, p.150]
  4. If you're after a completely new experience and don't mind putting up with a few flaws, Billy's your egg-rolling boy. [NGC]
  5. GameNow
    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]
  6. As mentioned before, the bosses look amazing, but each one is completely predictable and easy as cake.
  7. GMR Magazine
    Makes no mistakes, and while it lacks Sonic's flash, it's a better game. [Oct 2003, p.73]
  8. Despite Billy Hatcher's redundant missions, the gameplay itself is excellent. Eggs are Billy’s lifeline in this game - fortunately; they are fun to play with. Well-mapped controls make rolling around feel natural and approachable.
  9. 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.
  10. In fact, the only thing that Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg has in spades other than cuteness is aggravation. Honestly, this is the electronic equivalent of that puppy that tears your sneakers to shreds yet is so adorable that you cannot help but love it.
  11. Billy Hatcher may never catch on as a marquee Sega character, but his debut is a somewhat fun game on the cartoony side of weird.
  12. Billy Hatcher's only significant flaw is its lack of a lengthy quest. If the game were more challenging it would probably seem a lot longer. Still, you're gonna have a blast with this one.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Many a "Sonic" fan will get a lot out of this. I just wanna see Sonic Team break some ground. Maybe next time. [Oct 2003, p.160]
  14. There’s a great deal to collect and unlock in Billy Hatcher, so if you enjoy rolling eggs around you can keep doing so for quite some time after you’ve finished the game.
  15. 77
    Beneath its chicken suits and fluffy animals it has some satisfying challenges, a decent measure of depth, and a very fun multiplayer mode.
  16. 75
    Worth checking out for platform and Sonic Team fans, but is likely too difficult and glitchy for more casual players.
  17. The decent graphics, fun soundtrack and addictive egg collecting make this a game worth a play if you are a fan of the Pokémon franchise and the action-platform genre.
  18. netjak
    The control, along with a small number of other poor design decisions, takes the game from being a blast to being an expensive bundle of frustration.
  19. Edge Magazine
    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]
  20. A fairly meaningless but devilishly addictive platform game that isn't afraid of, ulp, hatching a few new ideas amongst the rank and file and giving you options.
  21. If you're looking for something fun and enjoyable to play then Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg’won’t disappoint, just don't go hoping for a radically new or innovative experience.
  22. Game Informer
    This same tedious design also applies to the uninspired boss battles - which mostly just consist of running around, dodging attacks, and hitting whatever giant monster with and egg when he comes to a standstill. [Oct 2003, p.129]
  23. 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.
  24. "Cute" is the most appropriate way to describe Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, though "frustrating" may also come to mind as you make your way through the game.
  25. While not perfect, Billy Hatcher is good fun. If you were expecting the title to have Sonic's breakneck speed, you might need to look elsewhere. Also, the game's extremely high in cute factor, so much so that some older gamers may be turned off.
  26. 65
    The camera is poor, which drives the value of the title right down the tubes, the graphics are of Dreamcast quality, the sound and music is simply appalling and the gameplay is skittish at best.
  27. 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.
  28. games(TM)
    While Sonic Tean has obviously gone to some lengths to try and make Billy Hatcher play differently to Sonic, the fact that the game still suffers from many of the problems that plagued the original Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast shows that the develpoer still hasn't mastered the basics of 3D gaming. [Dec 2003, p.106]
  29. The egg-rolling and egg-hatching game-play mechanics, while a clever concept, get stale after a while. Except for new environments and a different "boss" enemy at the end of each level, no new game-play elements are introduced after the first hour.
  30. The play mechanic of rolling an egg around, which is quite similar to that of Hasbro Interactive’s "Glover" for the N64, is neither kooky nor original enough to warrant such an amazing lack of depth and variety.
  31. 60
    There's a good bit of game here and some occasional flashes of brilliance, but it's sweeter than a chocolate and butterscotch sandwich and could have used a few more months in the incubator.
  32. The game falls apart sooner than later in the game’s progression. While I may have seemed a bit harsh, it’s not that I thought Billy was a bad adventure; just not one I’d ever take again.
  33. Developers looking to break into the platform genre these days have to go above and beyond the standard requirements while completely nailing the technical side at the same time, which is no easy feat. Billy Hatcher is a perfect example of a title that fails on both counts.
  34. Cheat Code Central
    Gameplay is everything and wondering around with a giant egg in your possession is anything but fun.
  35. Nothing truly stands out besides the Technicolor palette. The polygons are simplistic, the animations are typical and the worlds are environmentally lackluster. It just seems uninspired.
  36. The senseless slaughter of innocents continues with our boy in the chicken suit, Billy being subjected to countless humiliating deaths thanks to a brutally merciless camera. Whether it's a sneak attack by a pack of bouncing bat things or a sudden drop that seemingly comes out of nowhere, rest assured you're going to be just as surprised the 1000th time as you were the 1st.
  37. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#26 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#14 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. Jun 27, 2015
    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! Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2016
    Billy Hatcher does get hated for what ever reason? The game is addictive and fun. Sure there are some flaws here and there but they are minorBilly Hatcher does get hated for what ever reason? The game is addictive and fun. Sure there are some flaws here and there but they are minor and there is more pros than the cons. Full Review »
  3. Jan 8, 2016
    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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