Chicken Run (video game)

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Chicken Run
Chicken Run (video game).jpg
European PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) Blitz Games
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
THQ (GBC)
Activision (PC)
Composer(s) Rob Lord (consoles and PC)
Allister Brimble (GBC)
Platform(s) Game Boy Color
Dreamcast
PlayStation
Microsoft Windows
Release Game Boy Color
  • NA: November 3, 2000
  • EU: November 24, 2000
Dreamcast & PlayStation
  • NA: November 13, 2000
  • EU: November 24, 2000
Microsoft Windows
  • NA: December 4, 2000
  • EU: December 15, 2000
  • AU: January 16, 2001
Genre(s) Platform, stealth
Mode(s) Single-player

Chicken Run is a stealth-based 3D platform video game based on the movie of the same name. The game is a loose parody of the famous The Great Escape movie, which is based on World War II. The Game Boy Color version is a 2D isometric puzzle solving game.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay generally consists of the player taking control of either Ginger, Rocky or Nick and Fetcher, and searching the Tweedys' farm for objects to be used in an escape attempt by the chickens. This section of the game features stealth gameplay not too different from Metal Gear Solid, as the player will have to avoid guard dogs and the Tweedys themselves, in addition to searchlights, sources of light in general and noisy surfaces, since these will alert the security to the player's presence. Should the player be caught, they will be sent back to the entry point of the current area, and will lose either their most recently obtained item or their currently equipped item which goes back to where it was originally found. In addition, the player will occasionally have to push objects about, or use the environment in order to get to a hard to reach item. Each act ends with a boss level in which the chickens have to control a mannequin of Mrs Tweedy, Guide Rockey to Ginger in the pie machine and fly the 'Old Crate' stopping Mrs Tweedy from reaching the top of the rope hanging from it.

The second two acts contain minigames representing an escape attempt, which in Act 2 involves launching chickens over the fence with a seesaw, catapult or fireworks. In Act 3 the minigames involve assembling a part of the 'Old Crate' and getting its engine running. Act 3 also contains a minigame in which the player has to get the hens in Hut 2 to lay eggs to pay Nick and Fetcher though this can also be played in the first two acts but without the player getting to keep the eggs. Success is generally measured by how many chickens the player can save, or how fast the player can finish the task and the player can be awarded with bronze, silver or gold medals by Fowler for good performance.

Plot[edit]

In keeping with the film's story, the game takes place on a 1950s Yorkshire chicken farm and follows a group of lovable chickens as they try to break out of confinement. Chicken Run is based on an actual WWII incident where POWs attempted to escape from a Nazi prison camp. The mannikin minigame and the construction and flying of the Crate are based on actual events in that incident.

Players must help Ginger and her flock make a break for freedom while avoiding the evil Mrs. Tweedy and her oafish husband, who wants to turn them into chicken pies. The player operates Ginger in some screens, Rocky in others and both rats in another. There are logic puzzles to solve.

When an American rooster named Rocky lands in the farm, Ginger sees her chance: these chickens won't cross the road - they'll fly the coop. Together, they prove that chickens are anything but chicken, as they engage in a daring and spectacular escape.


Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
DreamcastGBCPCPS
AllGame3.5/5 stars[1]1.5/5 stars[2]N/A3/5 stars[3]
EGMN/A5.5/10[5]N/A4/10[6]
EurogamerN/AN/AN/A6/10[7]
Game Informer6/10[8]4/10[9]N/AN/A
GamePro3/5 stars[10]N/AN/AN/A
GameSpot5.2/10[11]N/A5.1/10[12]5.3/10[13]
IGN7.2/10[14]6/10[15]7.1/10[16]7/10[17]
Nintendo PowerN/A6.4/10[18]N/AN/A
OPM (US)N/AN/AN/A3/5 stars[19]
PC ZoneN/AN/A59%[20]N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings63%[21]53%[22]60%[23]69%[24]
Metacritic68/100[25]N/A59/100[26]75/100[27]

The PlayStation version received "generally favorable reviews", while the Dreamcast and PC versions received "mixed or average reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[25][26][27]

References[edit]

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