What is this you're playing?
This is a Gameboy Advance title from 2003; one of six videogames made as part of the Hamtaro franchise. These handheld titles have been rather varied, showing significant differences in gameplay styles; today's offering would be best considered an adventure game, with a small sprinkling of minigames (and boss fights!)
What is this 'Hamtaro' you speak of?
Though the original incarnation was as a children's manga series, the Hamtaro franchise really stems from its six seasons of anime. Add in four movies, a bunch of specials and OVAs, and all the usual plushies and other products... And you've got yourself a popular piece of Japanese media.
As for what it's about...?
In a word: Hamsters.
In two words: Adorable hamsters.
Okay, so it's a little bit about some of the hamsters' owners too. Plus, there's some of the old 'building friendships through adventures and conflicts' at work. Anyone who watched cartoons as a kid would know the sort of stuff we're talking about here.
So, what's this game like?
Acting through the anime's protagonist and female lead, players embark on a quest to thwart a villain's attempts at destroying love. Yes, it is a case of cartoon villainy at its finest. And I do mean finest. We'll be solving puzzles, reuniting lovers and learning the language of hamsters.
Seriously, we're going to learn 86 different 'Ham-Chats' during this. Each with their own accompanying animation.
What's the format for this LP?
We're going with screenshots, plus some bonus videos for new Ham-Chats and the occasional cutscene/mini-game. Since they should all be fairly brief, the videos won't have commentary.
Okay... Any thread rules on spoilers and the like?
There isn't that much that could be spoiled, but I'd like to see what little there is remain a surprise for everybody. Make sure to use spoiler tags at least, folks.
How about thread participation?
Well, there is one decision that you can all weigh in on.
That's right; our protagonists need names! Seven letters, bold your votes.
In case you require a little background for your decision-making: Hamtaro himself is the cheerful, friendly and hopelessly naïve hero-type, while Bijou is generous... and speaks with a fairly strong French accent in the show. She's also crushing on Hamtaro pretty bad, not that he really realises it.
Table of Contents
- Update 00: The Sandcastle test post
- Update 01: Your mission, should you choose to accept it.
- Update 02: The sun's shining, the rocks are falling
- Update 03: Seedy squabbles
- Update 04: The good, the bad and the heroic
- Update 05: A tale of two brothers
- Update 06: Minecart Meanness
- Update 07: Search and Rescue
- Update 08: Should have saved that last title.
- Update 09: Don't play that song.
- Update 10: Let's get biblical.
- Update 11: The finest in hamster technology
- Update 12: Trash and Tribulations
- Update 13: Exaggerated character traits.
- Update 14: Creeps and creaks.
- Update 15: Stick of Artorias
- Update 16: Eat your heart out, Dekar.
- Update 17: Culture and creepiness.
- Update 18: Go, Ham Rangers!
- Update 19: The picnic is next week.
- Update 20: No mythgraven blades here.
- Update 21: The big pay-off.
- Update 22: It's more backlash than most heroes get.
- Update 23: Okay, that's a twist.
- Update 24: The round-up begins.
- Update 25: Finale.
- Bonus Update: A dedicated follower of fashion.
Meet the Hams! + Bonus CornerKindly created by Quillpaw
- Meet the Hams! Part I + Ham-Chats
- Meet the Hams! Part II + Ham-Hams Unite!
- Revised Ham-Chats
- Meet the Hams! Part III + Spat
- Ham-Hams Unite! Part II
- Ham-Hams Unite! Part III
- Ham-Chats Part II
- Meet the Hams Part IV
- Elder Ham's Tale + Sprites
- Meet the Hams Part V
- Ham-Hams Unite! Part IV
- Meet the Hams Part VI + Ham-Hams Unite! Part V
- Other Ideas
- Meet the Hams Part VII! + Cappy Minus Cap
- Meet the Hams Part VIII!
- Meet the Hams Part IX! + Radar and Drizzle & Panda's Bridge
HelloWinter captured Bijou doing her best impression of a defence attorney.
Coco Bear imagines what a sudden genre shift would do to the end-game.
GeneralYeti lends the LP a little touch of class.