Hamtaro (video game series)

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Hamtaro
Genres Adventure game / Educational game
Developers Shogakukan, Riverdeep
Publishers Shogakukan / Riverdeep
Platforms Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS
Platform of origin Game Boy Color
First release Tottoko Hamtaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu
  • JP September 8, 2000
Latest release Hamtaro: Little Hamsters, Big Adventures
  • NA April 12, 2011

Hamtaro is a series of video games based on the Hamtaro anime series.

Games[edit]

Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu[edit]

Tottoko Hamtaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu was released in Japan for the Game Boy Color in 2000.

Ham-Hams Unite![edit]

Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!
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Developer(s) Pax Softnica
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Mariko Yumoto
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Kenji Miki
Masahiro Tatemoto
Platform(s) Game Boy Color
Release date(s)
  • JP April 21, 2001
  • NA October 28, 2002
  • EU January 10, 2003
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! (とっとこハム太郎2 ハムちゃんず大集合でちゅ Tottoko Hamutarou 2 - Hamu-chanzu Daishuugou Dechu?) is a Hamtaro adventure video game developed by Pax Softnica and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Color handheld video game console. It was first released in Japan on April 21, 2001, and was later released in North America on October 28, 2002, and in Europe on January 10, 2003. It was the last game officially released for the Game Boy Color in Europe.[citation needed]

Hamtaro converses with a news reporter hamster regarding Howdy and Dexter fighting over Pashmina in the Sunflower Market
Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 76%[1]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 7/10[2]
GamePro 4/5 stars[3]
IGN 8/10[4]
Nintendo Power 4.1/5[5]
Nintendo World Report 3/10[6]
X-Play 3/5 stars[7]

The player (Hamtaro) is controlled by the D-pad, and holding down the B button allows the player to run. Pressing A will open a dialogue box with different Ham-chat words depending on context. For instance, standing next to a sunflower seed and selecting "hif-hif" will pick up the seed, while standing next to an NPC and selecting "Hamha" will open a dialogue with the character. Different options will yield different outcomes, rolling (Tack-Q) into NPCs will usually elicit a negative response. Objects in the world can be interacted with, like climbing trees and pulling drawers open.[citation needed]

The player enters the Clubhouse and is directed by the Boss to round up the other hamsters.[citation needed]

Ham-Ham Heartbreak[edit]

Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak
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Developer(s) Pax Softnica
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Mariko Yumoto
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Kenji Miki
Masahiro Tatemoto
Writer(s) Ritsuko Kawai
Composer(s) Satoko Yokota
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release date(s)
  • JP May 3, 2002
  • NA April 8, 2003
  • EU June 27, 2003
Genre(s) Adventure game
Mode(s) Single player

Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak (とっとこハム太郎3 ラブラブ大冒険でちゅ Tottoko Hamutaro 3: Love Love Daibōken Dechu?) is a video game for Game Boy Advance developed by Pax Softnica and published by Nintendo, as the sequel to Tottoko Hamutaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu and Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!. Therefore, it was the second Hamtaro game released in America and Europe, but the third one in Japan. It was released in Japan on May 3, 2002, in North America on April 8, 2003 and in Europe on June 27, 2003. After Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak, only one more Hamtaro adventure game was released, which was Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue.

Like its predecessors, Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak is an adventure game. Set in the world of the Hamtaro books and anime, the player controls the hamster ("Ham-Ham", as the hamsters tend to call themselves) Hamtaro. The game expands on the gameplay of the earlier titles by adding Bijou, a friend of Hamtaro who has a crush on him, as partner. Together, they have to save the other ham-hams from Spat, an evil hamster with a hatred for any kind of relation.

Wake Up Snoozer![edit]

Hamtaro (video game series)
Hamtaro Wake Up Snoozer!.jpg
American art front cover
Developer(s) ShoPro Entertainment
Publisher(s) Riverdeep
Distributor(s) The Learning Company
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Release date(s) 2003
Genre(s) Educational game
Mode(s) Single-player

Hamtaro: Wake Up Snoozer! is a 2003 educational game for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. Hamtaro: Wake Up Snoozer! is a video game similar to the series Hamtaro. And this is the first (and only) Hamtaro game to be for PC/Macintosh.

Hamtaro and his friends play minigames to wake up Snoozer. The minigames are child-oriented. The game includes special features to work with the Ham-Hams such as: Hamtaro, Bijou, Panda, Howdy, Dexter, Pashmina, Boss, and Oxnard. And options to return to clubhouse, and more.

Rainbow Rescue[edit]

Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue
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Developer(s) AlphaDream
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Chihiro Fujioka
Takahiro Murakami
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Kenji Miki
Tetsuo Mizuno
Designer(s) Jun Iwasaki
Hiroshi Kikuchi
Masumi Miyano
Takeshi Hiraga
Composer(s) Kiyomi Tanaka
Rie Kaneko
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release date(s)
  • JP May 23, 2003
  • EU October 29, 2004
Genre(s) Adventure game
Mode(s) Single player

Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue (とっとこハム太郎4 にじいろ大行進でちゅ Tottoko Hamtaro 4: Nijiiro Daikoushin Dechu?) is a video game developed by AlphaDream for Game Boy Advance and the sequel to Tottoko Hamutaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu, Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! and Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak. It was released in Japan and PAL regions, and was set to be released in North America, but it was cancelled. The series is based on the manga Hamtaro, written by Ritsuko Kawai.

The game involves an extensive plot. One day while playing outside, Bijou witnesses a great rainbow. The rainbow disappears and Prince Bo falls to the ground. The Prince states that he can make rainbows by using his umbrella. He tries to prove it to disbelieving Stan and the rest of the Ham-Hams, but realizes too late that the colors on his umbrella are gone. And thus, Hamtaro and his Ham-Ham friends must set off on a journey in order to collect things that are the proper color for Prince Bo to use for his umbrella so he can create a rainbow to return home.

Certain minigames are needed to reach the colors, and the player must have certain Ham-Hams in their party in order to play them. For example, Sandy is needed to ride pigeons, Bijou is needed to collect falling petals, and Penelope is needed for rolling on top of cans to get across small streams. In addition to the original Ham-Hams, the game contains some additional characters, most of which were never seen in the English anime. These include Prince Bo, who is the prince of Rainbowland (a castle that is made of clouds); Flora, or Nurse-Ham; Tux; and other various characters.

Ham-Ham Games[edit]

Hamtaro Ham Ham Games.PNG
Developer(s) AlphaDream
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Chihiro Fujioka
Takahiro Murakami
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Kenji Miki
Tetsuo Mizuno
Designer(s) Hiroshi Nonaka
Takashi Arai
Yuichi Nakagawa
Masaki Tanaka
Jun Iwasaki
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release date(s)
  • JP July 15, 2004
  • PAL July 16, 2004
  • NA July 27, 2004
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games is a sports video game developed by AlphaDream and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance handheld video game console. It was released in Japan on July 15, 2004, in Europe on July 16, 2004, and in North America on July 27, 2004.

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 77/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 30/40[9]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[10]
GameSpy 4/5 stars[11]
GamesTM 6/10[12]
GameZone 8/10[13]
IGN 8/10[14]
NGC Magazine 60%[15]
Nintendo Power 3.7/5[16]
Nintendo World Report 7.5/10[17]
The Times 4/5 stars[18]

The game received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[8] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one seven, two eights, and one seven for a total of 30 out of 40.[9]

Question Castle in the Clouds[edit]

Tottoko Hamtaro: Nazo Nazo Q Kumonoue no ? Jou, or Tottoko Hamtaro Nazonazo Q: Question Castle in the Clouds, was released for the Nintendo DS in Japan in 2005.

Little Hamsters Big Adventure[edit]

Hi Hamtaro! Little Hamsters Big Adventure
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Developer(s) AlphaDream
Publisher(s)
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
  • JP March 15, 2007
  • PAL May 23, 2008
  • NA September 23, 2008
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Hi Hamtaro! Little Hamsters Big Adventure (とっとこハム太郎 は~い! ハムちゃんずのハムハムチャレンジ! あつまれは~い! Tottoko Hamutarou Haai! Hamuchanzu no Hamuhamu Charenji! Atsumare Haai!?, lit. "Tottoko Hamtaro, Okay! The Hamchans' Ham-Ham Challenge! Let's Get Together, Okay!), known as Hi! Hamtaro Ham-Ham Challenge in North America, is a puzzle game for the Nintendo DS made by AlphaDream and published by Marvelous in Japan, 505 Games in PAL regions, and Natsume in North America. It is a sequel to Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!, Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak, Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue (which was never released in America), Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games, and the Japan-only Tottoko Hamtaro Nazonazo Q: Question Castle in the Clouds, and is based on the anime series Hamtaro. The game was released in Japan on March 15, 2007, in Europe on May 23, 2008 and in North America on September 23, 2008.

iOS[edit]

Hamtaro: Little Hamsters, Big Adventures was released for iOS in 2011.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!". Nintendo Power. Vol. 162. November 2002. 
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  7. ^ Miguel Concepcion (December 9, 2002). "'Hamtaro: Ham Hams Unite' (GBC) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on December 19, 2002. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games". Famitsu 814. July 23, 2004. 
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  11. ^ Theobald, Phil (July 29, 2004). "GameSpy: Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games". GameSpy. Archived from the original on January 11, 2006. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games". GamesTM: 114. September 2004. Archived from the original on August 17, 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ Hollingshead, Anise (August 1, 2004). "Gamezone Gameboy Reviews - Hamtaro Ham-Ham games". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
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  15. ^ "Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games". NGC Magazine. September 2004. 
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