Review by AlanEdgeHead

"The way Dragon Ball should be."


Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure has to be the best Dragon Ball game for a hand-held system. And it's safe to say that it's one of the best Dragon Ball games period. Who thought a Beat-Em-Up game could be so fun? Find out just how good it is as I review this game.

Story: 9/10

This game covers all of Goku's childhood. A young boy, named Goku, meets Bulma. Bulma then explains the Dragon Balls to Goku. Then they set off to collect them all, so they can summon Shenron. Goku has to defeat enemies and save people in order to obtain all of the Dragon Balls. Advanced Adenture's story ends after the battles with King Piccolo.

Gameplay: 8/10

Simple controls are used in this game. Typical Beat-Em-Up controls. The A button jumps. The B button punches. The L button does a special melee-style attack, if you have enough energy. And the R button does your KI attack and it's strength is also determined by your energy. Fun and simple; just how a game should be. And it does get repetitive. But that's expected from a Beat-Em-Up game.

Graphics: 8/10

The graphics are great for a GBA game. The simple 2-D art style fits well for a Dragon Ball game. Enemies look cool. And special attacks are beautiful, as well. The graphics are about as good as you can get for a GBA game.

Sound: 7/10

Generic Dragon Ball type music is used in this game. Take that for what it's worth. It's average at best. But, what saves the sound department is the fact that Goku and Krillin yell "Kamehameha" as they do their attack. Pretty sweet if you're a fan of the anime.

Replayability: 8/10

This game can keep you busy for a while. Once you play through the story once, you unlock the ability to go through the story with Krillin, instead of Goku. And there is a mode called "Extra" mode, where you play through the story mode, minus the cut-scenes. But the real kicker for the "Extra" mode is: you can play as any character from the game. Tien, Yamcha, random enemies. Anyone. You also collect items to unlock other modes. There is also a two-player fight mode and other random Mini-games.


Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure is the greatest Dragon Ball hand-held game ever. Fans of the series should pick this game up. And if you're not a Dragon Ball fan, but you like the Beat-Em-Up genre, you should pick it up, too. This is definitely a game worth your attention.

Overall Score: 8/10


+ Covers Goku's entire Childhood.
+ Great gameplay.
+ Many different modes.


- Can be repetitive.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 10/23/06

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