Golf. Yes, it was also a surprise to me. Instead of taking the tedious and typical route of turning a kids' movie into a side-scrolling catalogue of cliches, we have a cool mini-golf game with Over the Hedge
characters. The spirit of the movie is preserved because the critters are playing rogue mini-golf. Bouncing balls through a busy house or under a running lawnmower. This is the kind of mini-golf that you or I would be grounded for. But since golfers in Hammy Goes Nuts!
are backyard critters, they can get away with whatever they please.
The story doesn't follow the movie, but contains plenty of references to the movie and all the characters you loved in Over the Hedge. The Story Mode introduces Hammy's role as lead caddy for the backyard crew. This means that for each course, he'll run around and suss out obstacles or corners and help you line up the best shot. At first, I thought this was going to be dull, but then I started discovering obstacles that Hammy can move and the objectives shifted from just getting the ball in the hole to collecting items with the ball or hitting targets. Since it is golf, you do have to do all your hitting under par. You're scored for each round and can rack up points by shooting well. Challenge and Arcade Mode are both unlocked by playing through the story. Arcade Mode lets you purchase courses and characters for play. When a new option has been unlocked, you use points (nuts) earned from each round that you trade for new features. The Challenge Mode collects more difficult courses that are only playable after you complete the story. Multiplayer is a "pass it on" mode that you can play on one GBA with up to four people. Shoot a hole and give it up to your friend and may the best guy or girl win...