Review by Toblerowned

"A refreshing break from Dragon Ball Z"

Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure is the first and only Dragon Ball game on the GBA. It's quite a break from all the Dragon Ball Z games out, and is more simple in it's gameplay. Here's my review on it.

Firstly, the story. The story follows the adventures of Goku throughout the Dragon Ball series. It starts with Bulma finding him, and continues through to his training by Master Roshi, his defeat of the Red Ribbon Army, and finally defeating and killing King Piccolo. It's a very interesting and light hearted story, and many of the series' characters make appearances, such as Yamcha, whom Goku fights in the desert, and Tien, whom Goku must fight for the championship of the World Tournament. Moving on to gameplay...

The controls are quite easy to get used to, A being jump, B being attack, and the L & R buttons special moves. Very simple. There are primarily two modes of gameplay: Story Mode and One-on-One Mode. In Story Mode, you control Goku, or unlockable Krillin, through a series of environments. It's very much a side-scrolling/beat-em-up style game. This mode follows the adventures of Goku and Krillin through the Dragon Ball series.

In One-on-One mode, you get to choose from a selection of characters from the series, including Goku, Krillin, Tien and Jackie Chun. Although only two characters are available in this mode to begin, most of them are unlocked by playing the story mode through. This is a very enjoyable mode of play, although fighting can get repetitive.

There is a wide range of unlockable content in the game. The game has very little to begin with, but characters, new modes of play, and mini-games are unlocked through various means. All of these extras will keep you busy for a while.

All in all, it's a very enjoyable game, and quite a break from the dozens of Dragon Ball Z themed games. It also adopts a different style of gameplay which enhances the experience more so. I suggest getting a copy of this game.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 07/17/07


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