This RetroNight, we’re taking a look at a game that truly cemented a very strange era for Sega as a company. On the cusp of numerous successful titles including Sonic Heroes and Super Monkey Ball, this Sega published game brought a whole new level of creativity to the GameCube. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg was a revolutionary title in its style, aesthetic, and many more aspects. The mechanics however, fell flat in execution, making for a pretty clunky experience.
This game stars the titular character, Billy, as he aims to rescue the chicken elders from an evil army of ravens. These ravens trap the elders in golden eggs, so Billy and friends must wear the mighty chicken suits in order to gather enough fruit to crack the eggs. It was a different time.
Through single player and multiplayer, players could explore what hatching different types of eggs would do for them. This included summoning powerful monsters to watch your back and do damage on your behalf. It also included items, power-ups, and yes, elder chickens.
Every so often a very bizarre boss battle would insert itself into the campaign, and Billy would be pushed to use his mad egg rolling skills in combat.
Multiplayer is fun, but is only built on by single player, which is impressive. Beating levels in single player unlocks maps for multiplayer, meaning the campaign has some rewards for the entire family.
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg was a quirky title, but it was one that gathered the attention of many. Here’s to hoping a sequel may one day find us.