#??: Dragonball: Advanced Adventure
Very soon I’ll be able to forge these stand-alone reviews, along with some new ones, and create my Top 10 Gameboy Advance list.
Alright, this is a “movie license” game kind of, but still not. Its based on an anime, or to be more correct a manga, but they generally don’t suck either. I think.
This is one of the prettiest games for the GBA. Lots and lots of frames gives a smooth experience, and the sprites are really detailed for being on such a small screen.
Sounds & Music: 10/10
While not a very unique soundtrack, it conveys the Dragon Ball spirit well and gives you the sense of an Advanced Adventure. I especially like the boss themes:
This has to be one of the best beat-em-ups, way up there with Turtles in Time. You have a defensive attack, the Power Pole if you’re Goku (beats the crap out of everyone) and Taiyoken if you’re playing as Krillin (Solar Flare, stuns the enemies, especially useful when they’re ganging up on you, which is just all the time) and a charging energy attack, like the Kamehameha. You can unlock the Krillin Saga, where you play as him taking Goku’s part in the adventure. And as a Krillin fanboy that’s just fab. Also, where Goku has Kintoun, or the Magic Cloud, Krillin has the evil black equivalent since he’s got impure thoughts.
Also you can collect all 7 Dragonballs, unlocking a lot of the in-game characters, or NPC’s, to use in the game as soon as you’ve found their icons. That adds a buttload of replay value to the game, and the playable characters are as follows:
Goku, Bear Thief, Oolong, Yamcha, Emperor Pilaf, Shu, Krillin, Giran, Nam, Jackie Chun (Master Roshi’s alter-ego), Major Metallitron, Ninja Murasaki, Pirate Robot, fabulous General Blue, Mercenary Tao Bai Bai, Staff Officer Black, Spike (a.k.a. the Devil), Grandpa Gohan, Chiaotzu, Tien, Tambourine (easily the best to find hidden icons with, as well as tearing through the game like knife cutting butter), Drum, King Piccolo, Cyborg Tao.
Also you can play as the “Small Fries”: Boar Bandit, Wolf, Flying Camera, Pilaf Machine, Red Ribbon Army Soldier (a dog) and Ukulele (platypus spawn of King Piccolo).
Replay value: 10/10
Do I need to say anything at all? Really?
Atari released the game. ATARI.
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