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While you'll explore crypts, find cylinders with messages, and even fight occasionally, there are still two things missing. You don't really get a sense of reward for the accomplishments you make when you solve bits of the mystery. Perhaps that's because the characters act so wooden and so bland.  Finally, you'll wish they would have added more to the game, more puzzles, more plot, more history, more excitement.


Over The Hedge
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Edge of Reality

Doing the power slide in Cars
Courtesy: THQ
Doing the power slide in Cars

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Cars
Publisher: THQ
Developer: Rainbow Studios
For: PC, PS2, Xbox, DS, GBA, GameCube

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  • OVER THE HEDGE is a platformer, not an adventure game. But if you made games from animated movies, you'll delight in the humor that's presented. Here, the characters are never boring. In fact, they feel alive as an old Bugs Bunny cartoon. Everything from the way the animals move to the one liners they spew will make this game sing to its target audience: big-eyed kids with unsullied senses of wonder. 

    The movie-based game features a motley crew of animals who are trying to make their forest safe from an ever-encroaching suburbia full of McMansions and uncaring humans. There's even the evil Exterminator, who can get the animals to turn on one another. When you choose a character to play, you'll also have a sidekick, who'll help you on your missions. There are also various mini-games to play, the most enjoyable of which is racing radio controlled cars. While an adult would feel the game is too simple, it will easily capture (and perhaps inspire) the imaginations of children, who'll love the personality-rich characters, the lush environments, and the ever present humor. 

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