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)
Distributor(s) DreamWorks
Composer(s) Rob Lord (consoles and PC)
Allister Brimble (GBC)
Platform(s) Game Boy Color
Dreamcast
PlayStation
Microsoft Windows
Nintendo 64 (Cancelled)
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 Chicken Run. 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. A Nintendo 64 version was planned, but later cancelled because of the introduction of the GameCube a year later.

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 their most recently obtained item. 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.

The second half of the gameplay consists of minigames representing an escape attempt, that can range from controlling a mannequin of Mrs Tweedy, launching chickens over a fence with a seesaw to assembling a part of the "Crate" from the film. Success is generally measured by how many chickens the player can save, and the player can be awarded with 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
Publication Score
Dreamcast GBC PC PS
AllGame 3.5/5 stars[1] 1.5/5 stars[2] N/A 3/5 stars[3]
CVG 6/10[4] N/A N/A N/A
EGM N/A 5.5/10[5] N/A 4/10[6]
Eurogamer N/A N/A N/A 6/10[7]
Game Informer 6/10[8] 4/10[9] N/A N/A
GamePro 3/5 stars[10] N/A N/A N/A
GameSpot 5.2/10[11] N/A 5.1/10[12] 5.3/10[13]
IGN 7.2/10[14] 6/10[15] 7.1/10[16] 7/10[17]
Nintendo Power N/A 6.4/10[18] N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A N/A N/A 3/5 stars[19]
PC Zone N/A N/A 59%[20] N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 62.55%[21] 53%[22] 60.30%[23] 69.43%[24]
Metacritic 68/100[25] N/A 59/100[26] 75/100[27]

The game was met with mixed to positive reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 53% for the Game Boy Color version;[22] 69.43% and 75 out of 100 for the PlayStation version;[24][27] 62.55% and 68 out of 100 for the Dreamcast version;[21][25] and 60.30% and 59 out of 100 for the PC version.[23][26]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Chicken Run (GBC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
  3. ^ Woods, Nick. "Chicken Run (PS) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
  4. ^ Trent, Dan (2000). "Dreamcast Review: Chicken Run". Computer and Video Games (Official Dreamcast Magazine UK). Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  5. ^ Ethan (February 2001). "Chicken Run (GBC)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on 2001-02-11. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  6. ^ Kujawa, Kraig (February 2001). "Chicken Run (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on 2001-02-11. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  7. ^ Bramwell, Tom (2000-12-19). "Chicken Run Review (PSOne)". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 2001-03-29. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  8. ^ Helgeson, Matt (January 2001). "Chicken Run (DC)". Game Informer (93): 124. 
  9. ^ Helgeson, Matt (January 2001). "Chicken Run (GBC)". Game Informer (93): 138. 
  10. ^ Four-Eyed Dragon (2001-02-05). "Chicken Run Review for Dreamcast on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  11. ^ Lopez, Miguel (2000-11-30). "Chicken Run Review (DC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  12. ^ Osborne, Scott (2001-01-16). "Chicken Run Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  13. ^ Lopez, Miguel (2000-11-30). "Chicken Run Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  14. ^ Nix, Marc (2000-11-22). "Chicken Run (DC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
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  17. ^ Smith, David (2000-11-27). "Chicken Run (PS)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
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  19. ^ Steinman, Gary (February 2001). "Chicken Run (PS)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Archived from the original on 2001-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  20. ^ Awasti, Rajiv (2001). "PC Review: Chicken Run". PC Zone. Retrieved 2014-04-14. [dead link]
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  22. ^ a b "Chicken Run for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
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  25. ^ a b "Chicken Run for Dreamcast Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  26. ^ a b "Chicken Run for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  27. ^ a b "Chicken Run for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 

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