Summary Help Ginger gather items for the Great Escape, chicken style.
Description Type: Stealth
Platform: Playstation One, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, PC
Players: Single Player
Age: 3 Plus
Game Time: 4 hours
Developer or Designer: Blitz Games
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Creates great tension
Right level of challenge
Graphics a bit pixilated
The 2000 stop-motion animation, Chicken Run is a hilarious parody of The Great Escape by Aardman Animations. To coincide with the film, a video game version released on various platforms, including the PlayStation 1.
Filled with footage from the movie and original animated cut scenes, it is a great way to immerse yourself in the Chicken Run world. These scenes are just the right length as they do not drag on for too long, and follow seamlessly into the gameplay.
The graphics are a bit pixilated, but that is made up for by the brilliant music, which adds atmosphere and tension. The main gameplay is all about collecting items by stealth, having to avoid the guard dogs and Mr & Mrs Tweety. I remember feeling very tense and excited playing this as a child, and jumping out of my skin whenever I got caught. As an adult, the fear factor is no longer there, but the music still adds that tense atmosphere.
During these stealth missions, most of the gameplay is from an aerial point of view with a radar in the corner of the screen to show you where danger lurks. Aside from collecting tasks, there are escape missions to perform, such as disguising yourself as Mrs Tweedy and catapulting over the fence.
There is also a fun mini-game, which involves collecting eggs. You have to feed the hens to make them lay and then collect them before the timer runs out. If you succeed, Fowler will give you a medal.
Chicken Run is still a very entertaining video game despite its age, although it could do with being a bit longer, and I would be interested to see what an updated version would be like today.