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Over the Hedge



Finally -- a movie-based game worth playing.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's a message about sticking up for friends.

Violence & scariness

Characters use golf clubs, hockey sticks, ball launchers, and other similar weapons.


Some crude humor.


The woodland creatures love junk food, but the brands aren't real.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids play this family-friendly game in the same animated world as the movie. Animals fight with golf clubs, hockey sticks, etc., but no one dies (the defeated just fade away); there's some crude humor, but none of it is too offensive. Kids can play the game in the single-player mode or with a friend in a cooperative mode. The game challenges kids to think logically as they figure out how to navigate through each mission, and there's a positive message about sticking up for friends.

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What's it about?

In the OVER THE HEDGE video game, kids have a chance to become the stars of the Over the Hedge movie. Primarily set one year after the movie, the game focuses on a group of undomesticated animal friends who sneak through the hedge that separates the wild from the suburban world, searching for human food and gadgets. They also need to rescue a friend who's trapped by an exterminator.

Kids complete over 30 mission-filled levels to win this game, which has three levels of difficulty. Each mission has clearly delineated primary and secondary goals; completing the primary goals unlocks the next level. Kids can play alone or with a friend in a cooperative mode. Players seamlessly switch between characters, and a second player can come in and out of the game on the fly.

Is it any good?


Dialogue is spoken as well as presented with subtitles. Kids can't get lost in the suburban sprawl because the game limits the area for play within each level. It's meaty, too. There are 135 primary goals, and there are three fun Mini games to unlock.

In the end, the game's not as funny as the movie, but it does extend the experience, even providing new characters and locations. Over the Hedge fans will certainly enjoy this game since it provides the same fast-paced action and clever interaction with the human world, while also offering a wide variety of gameplay.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about games based on movies, helping kids understand how games like these can be powerful marketing tools. Why do games like this get made? How does a game help promote a movie -- and vice versa? What's fun about these kinds of games? Does this one live up to your expectations?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Available online?Not available online
Release date:June 2, 2006
ESRB rating:E10+ for cartoon violence and crude humor

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Kid, 12 years old June 13, 2010

The Madness Never Ends!

This was a very good videogame that almost completely resembled the movie, and exceeded the expectations. It's very fun and very challenging, meaning that if you're going to play the game, it would be a lot easier with a partner, but it still takes some days to some weeks to finish. It takes a very long time to get all the collectables. I suggest trying and buying this bundle of joy!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old June 23, 2010

Funny game has some crude humor and mild violence!

This is a fun game for 10 year olds through 13 year olds. It's not that violent. You use things like golf clubs and golf ball launchers to attack enemies. And when the enemies die they fall on the ground and then disappear. Gameplay is simple and the storyline is interesting. There is some crude humor too. Great game. Totally worth playing!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old March 19, 2013

Let them play..

I got this when I was like 5 or 7 I liked it...
What other families should know
Easy to play/use


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