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Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak

Hamtaro ham ham heartbreak

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy Advance

Release Dates:

JP: May 3, 2002
NA: April 8, 2003
EU: June 27, 2003

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Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak (とっとこハム太郎3 ラブラブ大冒険でちゅ, Tottoko Hamutaro 3: Love Love Daibōken Dechu) is a Nintendo video game for Game Boy Advance, and the sequel to Tottoko Hamutaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu (Japan only) and Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!. It was the second Hamtaro game released in America and Europe, but the third one in Japan. It was released in Japan on May 3, 2002, in the USA on April 8, 2003 and in Europe on June 27, 2003.

Plot

At the start of the game, Hamtaro is having a nightmare. A hamster dressed in a black devil costume holding a trident is destroying the relations of various hamsters. Then, the hamster notices Hamtaro and attempts to attack him. Hamtaro is awakened by Boss, to whom he tells his dream. After this, the Ham-Chat Dictionary gets water spilled on it, leading to its contents being forgotten; Hamtaro has to refill it by communicating with other hamsters.

Hamtaro then goes to find Bijou at Sunny Peak and saves her after she gets trapped by a boulder. After that, they team up to resolve a misunderstanding between Oxnard and Pepper. The villain Spat - the character foreshadowed in Hamtaro's nightmare - then appears and tells about himself.

At the Clubhouse, Hamtaro and Bijou meet Harmony, who is tired from trying to stop Spat. Hamtaro and Bijou then go out to help repair hamsters' relationships and stop Spat from his mischief.

Gameplay

Like its predecessors, Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak is an adventure game. Set in the world of the Hamtaro, the player controls Hamtaro. The game expands on the gameplay of the earlier titles by adding Bijou as a partner. Together, they have to save the other ham-hams from Spat, an evil hamster with a hatred for any kind of relation, by learning ham-chat and visiting various locations.

The goals in Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak are to defeat Spat once and for all and to repair all the destroyed relations. A third quest, that supports those two, is to obtain all the "Ham-Chats". Ham-Chats are words, but also much more than that. At the start of the game, Hamtaro accidentally causes almost all the Ham-Chats in his Ham-Ham Dictionary to vanish, starting the hunt to fill the dictionary. Each Ham-Chat represents both a word (for communicating) and an action and/or motion. For instance, Lookie means to look. It is one of the most common Ham-Chats in the game, and solely has an action function. In that sense, action Ham-Chats often come with the necessary item (which is part of the Ham-Chat motion and doesn't show up in the inventory) and therefore, go another way than other adventure games in which the player already has all the actions available, but still has to get the required items. The other kind of Ham-Chat can only be used in conversations. A Ham-Chat like Perksie (Listen) for instance, only has value for conversations. New Ham-Chats are necessary to gain access to new parts of a conversation and get another Ham-Ham to do or give something.

Apart from Ham-Chats, the player also is required to obtain items (like a more conventional adventure game), though most of them are merely needed to complete minigames/side-quest. They are divided in inventory items, songs, currency and gems. Inventory items function like they do in any other adventure game and need to be combined with the Ham-Chats in order to proceed.

As in its predecessor, Ham-Hams Unite, this game allows you to put together the actions for Ham-Chat words to create dances, with a room just for this purpose in the Clubhouse. In Ham-Ham Heartbreak, however, there is an additional feature relating to "Ham-Jams."

You can pick up a variety of items such as sunflower seeds on the ground by selecting hif-hif or digging for them with digdig. Rocks can also be found in this game, but they serve a different purpose in Heartbreak. You can take the rocks and polish them in the RubRub Room in order to uncover gems.

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