Parents' Guide to

Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Adorable brain trainer suitable for younger kids only.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

A kawaii japanese game for everyone ^w^

As a fan of Hamtaro myself, I honestly recommend everything related to Hamtaro merchandise to everyone who loves cute, kawaii stuff, or japanese anime stuff.
age 6+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

The game is a winner for both parents and younger kids. For parents, the game offers a control panel to monitor a child's progress and see which areas their child has explored, set limits on gameplay time, and reward good performance by giving virtual gifts that appear in the child's profile.

For kids, the charming Hamtaro theme makes the activities feel like games instead of exercises, and the difficulty level adjusts itself based on performance so the more players achieve, the more challenging the training becomes. That said, the game is skewed to a slightly younger crowd than the Hamtaro adventure games for Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance, so older players would fare better with a title like the Brain Age series.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Natsume
  • Release date: September 23, 2008
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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