Review by alberto331

Reviewed: 11/25/02 | Updated: 11/25/02

Frustration, frustration, frustration.

The fourth game arrives to the GBA. What to expect?

The gameplay is pretty much the same as the other games. Get a lot of points. As the game goes on, the difficulty increases. Simple, frustrating, yet fun. In the GBA you also have another task. Stars. You get a star by doing something in particular in the game, although in most of the you get one by getting 200 points. You can get 20 stars in each game: 10 in classic, 10 in modern; 5 in easy, 5 in hard. What's the point of stars? Well, as you get more stars, you'll get options in the gallery mode, or even unlock secret games. As the booklet says: ''You need to play''.

As you probably know, this game has 6 games for you to play in the beginning. Actually, 12 if you count modern and classic. Classic let's you revive the Game & Watch almost as it was 20 years ago, except for the watch. Modern polishes the game with better graphics, Mario characters instead of the black figures, and some differences in the game itself, leaving the essence intact.

You'll find never-ported-before games, like Boxing and Donkey Kong 3, and some which return from past Galleries, like Donkey Kong Jr. and Fire.

The graphics in the GBA look just cool. In the classic games, you'll note the gray patters that indicate where the characters or enemies moves, helping a lot in game like Rainshower or Fire. The graphics look just like the GBC ones, except that detail.

In modern, there was a huge improvement. In some games, the vista will change, so you'll be rescuing Toads all day and night. The characters are funny-looking, but that's not bad thing. The colors look bright and nice.

Well... the sound is good. Sometimes the music in modern can get a bit tedious, but you can always turn it off.

Yes. Now you can play the classics with your friends. And you'll only need one cartridge to play. The games that can be played by 2 people are Donkey Kong 3 and Boxing, but maybe some secret games can be played like this too. This is a great feature, considering how cheap the CPU Donkey Kong can be.

The game itself is pretty good. You can handle the difficulty factor as you like. If you like challenging games, or if you can't handle anger. Sometimes, when you are 2 or 3 points away from getting a star and you lose, you'll want to throw your GBA out the window. It has more variety of games than the past versions, and some of the favorites from 1, 2 and 3 return as secret ones. It's all up to you to get the stars to unlock them. The multi-player option is really nice, it has almost no loading time... well... not that it matters. Simply a must-get game if you enjoy simple games.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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