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Hyper Lode Runner (Game Boy)

Hyper Lode Runner review (GB)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Treasure hunting is a dangerous business - not only does it usually involve hiring a team of foreign peasants to aid you in your quest that, movie lore has taught us, will contain at least one treacherous killing machine that works for one of your rival, not to mention navigating ancient tombs and cities that are no doubt filled with all manner of cool but deadly traps, but, as Hyper Lode Runner teaches, you are also destined to lose basic motor functions, such as jumping and beating the jolly r...
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Hook (Game Boy)

Hook review (GB)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Hook was a film released nearly a decade ago now, starring Robin Williams as a grown up and jaded version of the fabled hero Peter Pan. With Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts supporting, the film boasted a strong cast, and a pleasantly likeable script helped make it a very enjoyable movie (even if repeat viewing exposed it's many flaws). This made it one of the big cinema smashes of the year, and so it was no surprise to me when I came downstairs that Christmas morning (I believe it was 1992...) ...
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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Game Boy Advance)

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

It's an age old debate - which is the coolest: Pirates, Ninjas or Vampires?? Pirates have cool boats, and they have Johnny Depp flying their flag (so to speak), but they have terrible dress sense, and you always get the impression that they probably smell quite bad. Ninjas dress fashionably - the 'one-piece black pyjamas with matching headgear' will be next Summer's look, I tell you now, but their people skills are kinda lacking. They just aren't very talkative. And vampires? Vampires have the w...
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Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Game Boy Advance)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

In the days before Buffy, vampires had it easy. They knew that, if they approached a helpless looking girl on the street, she would actually be a helpless girl, rather than a mean, lean, vampire-dusting machine. Because, in the days before Buffy, the scourge of the undead world was the Belmont clan. These people didn't have day jobs as high school guidance counsellors. They didn't go all emotional over vampires who had souls. They didn't look good in short skirts. They were old-school. They carr...
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F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (Game Boy Advance)

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

The Game Boy and Game Boy Color were never really renowned for their racing games. The limited power of the machines was more sorted to (seemingly endless) platform games than anything else. The arrival of the Game Boy Advance is hoping to redress that balance. The greater power of Ninty's latest handheld sees the advent of portable FPS games, and of portable racing games that are actually quite good. Which brings us in a nice roundabout way, to F-Zero: Maximum Velocity.
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Game & Watch Gallery 4 (Game Boy Advance)

Game & Watch Gallery 4 review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Hello, and welcome to The Broken Thumb Retirement Home For Yesterday's Video Game Characters. Allow me to show you around. Here we have Zool, trying to explain to an uninterested orderly about how he isn't supposed to be an ant. Again. To your left is the solitary confinement block. We had to lock Princess Daisy up in there since we found her igniting a Princess Peach voodoo doll and yelling 'This'll teach the bitch for stealing my man!!' over and over in a quite distressing manner. Over there's...
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Kuru Kuru Kururin (Game Boy Advance)

Kuru Kuru Kururin review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

There are some games that redefine their genre. That raise the stakes for all other games of their ilk, and become the new benchmark by which all others will be judged. Mario did it for the platform genre, Street Fighter for the 2D fighters, Doom for the first-person shooters, and until very recently, Tetris for the puzzle genre. But now it's time for a new puzzle king to step up to the thrown. Yep, a flying penguin is here, and he's kicking the Russians' butt.
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Metroid Fusion (Game Boy Advance)

Metroid Fusion review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

There are certain gaming franchises that are legendary. The Mario games. The Final Fantasy games. The Zelda games. One such legendary series is the Metroid saga. Telling the tale of bounty hunter Samus Aran, the games formed an epic plot, as Samus battled the evil Metroids, sinister space pirates, and various creepy aliens. What is surprising about the success of the series, though, is that, up until late last year, there were only three games produced, the last of which appeared on the SNES nea...
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Pokémon: Ruby Version (Game Boy Advance)

Pokémon: Ruby Version review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

It's fair to say that the Pokemon franchise revitalised the somewhat ailing Game Boy in the late 90s. As the kids were being seduced to Sony's grey box by Lara Croft's heaving jublies, Nintendo's pocket wonder was left in the cold. It had been a few years since any major Ninty franchise had appeared on the monochrome screens with any real degree of chart success - sure, Wario was still pottering around, but in all honesty, he was never as recognisable as Mario, who was too busy basking in his 3D...
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Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance)

Sonic Advance 2 review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Hedgehogs are fairly misrepresented in the videogame world. Despite what Sega's top brass would have you believe, our spiky friends are not blue. And that's just for starters. The majority of them do not wear trainers. They tend to travel on four legs, not two. They can't jump. They don't like to go charging around the hillsides as if some little tyke has given them a bowl of caffine-laced milk. They aren't particularly adept at underwater activities. At least their 'roll into a ball attack', wh...
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Catwoman (Game Boy Color)

Catwoman review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

There is an unwritten rule that in general, villains are far more interesting than the heroes that inevitably defeat them. While in many cases this is true, I've always found the Batman villains to be a pretty dull bunch. There are one or two exceptions, but Catwoman is not one. Still, I bought Catwoman for the Game Boy Color quite soon after it was released after seeing it brand new for under ten pounds. It didn't change my view of the character one bit. It didn't change my view of gaming one b...
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Deja Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding (Game Boy Color)

Deja Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Deja Vu appeared years ago and was a minor classic. Shortly after, Deja Vu 2 appeared. Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology (and possibly voodoo magic - this I was unable to confirm) both games are available on one GBC cart. Therein lies not only the main selling point of the game, but also the main fault.
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Dragon Warrior Monsters (Game Boy Color)

Dragon Warrior Monsters review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Nintendo - a name synonymous with the video game industry. And with good reason, as they manage to make even the most downright odd gaming concepts work so well that the games instantly become legend - Mario, for example, revolutionised the platform genre (both in the 8-bit and the 64-bit eras) despite being a game about a fat plumber with porno-star facial hair. Similarly, Pokčmon managed to turn a simple, near plot-less, tamagotchi-inspired idea about raising monsters into the videogaming phen...
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Duke Nukem (Game Boy Color)

Duke Nukem review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

What can I say? This game is superb! I was lucky enough to get it for Christmas in 1999, and I still come back to play it every few weeks! Although it lacks the depth of Game Boy Color games such as Pokemon or the Zelda Oracle games, this is still way up there in the 'best Game Boy Color games' list. Read on as I try to explain why.
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Grand Theft Auto (Game Boy Color)

Grand Theft Auto review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Nintendo have gained a bit of a reputation over the years. Much as their fans try to deny it, the big 'N' have become known as a fairly 'kiddy' company. So it really is quite a surprise, then, to see Grand Theft Auto, arguably one of the more adult games out there, appear not only on a Nintendo machine, but on the Game Boy Color, a machine even more associated with the youngsters out there than it's N64 and Gamecube cousins. Just what in the name of Brooklyn Beckham were you thinking, Ninty?
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Harvest Moon GBC (Game Boy Color)

Harvest Moon GBC review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

... Okay, so it's hard to be truly enthusiastic about the arrival of the farming genre on Nintendo's second best handheld system. The prospect of a game that lets you get up early, feed animals (cows and chickens, by the way) and grow vegetables from the comfort of your favourite armchair didn't exactly get people breaking open their piggybank, or mugging old ladies on the street (you can't prove anything!). But it should have done. You see, behind the seemingly ridiculous premise, Harvest Moon ...
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Konami GB Collection Vol. 2 (Game Boy Color)

Konami GB Collection Vol. 2 review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Although as far as I am aware the four 'Konami collections' are unavailable in the US, here in the UK they received release just over a year ago. For all four the format was simple - Konami released four of it's classics on each cart. Each cart contained at least one of Konami's well-known shooters, and each one contained at least one... shall we say 'obscure' game. I'll give each game an individual mini-review here, and then give my view on the collection as a whole. Simple enough? Then on with...
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Men in Black: The Series (Game Boy Color)

Men in Black: The Series review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Men In Black was a slightly above average film. Dealing with the exploits of a secret team of officials whose job it is to deal with the aliens on Earth, it starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agents J and K. While it was hyped beyond belief when it came out, repeat viewing showed some pretty severe flaws in the movie, which was apparently based on a comic book series. Still, it was good enough to spawn a sequel (which was really poor, to be honest) and a cartoon show. And that cartoon spa...
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Montezuma's Return (Game Boy Color)

Montezuma's Return review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Montezuma's Return is a sequel to the ancient (and, frankly, forgotten) game Montezuma's Revenge (I can only assume that the programmers didn't know what this was slang for....). It is extremely unusual to see such an obscure game given a sequel, especially after so long, but if the finished product is this much fun, I hope it's an experiment that will be repeated soon. Take 2 also produced this game for the Game Boy Color, although it is the original Game Boy's edition of the game under the spo...
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Pokemon Gold Version (Game Boy Color)

Pokemon Gold Version review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

It seems that there was a time not to long ago when it was impossible to turn anywhere without seeing some form of (almost always crap) Pokemon merchandise. From lunch boxes to pyjamas to nail polish remover (hey, it's possible!) it seemed that there was nothing that wouldn't get one of the little buggers splashed all over it's packaging. For now, though, it appears that the craze has died away - the lil' children are now all obsessed with Harry Potter or somesuch, and Pokemon has slipped quietl...
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