Ace Combat Advance Game Boy Advance

  • Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Feb 23, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
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  1. 90
    Once you get the hang of the game engine and acquire better strike craft, the game becomes a very pleasurable experience. Ace Combat Advance is the perfect stopgap between an air-combat sim and an arcade top-down shooter.
  2. Pocket Games
    Very different from the PS2 games, but still a fast-paced and somewhat fun dogfighting sim. [Spring 2005, p.68]
  3. 60
    When compared to the rest of the Ace Combat games before it, it feels like a letdown, limited in so many areas and also forgiving in terms of fighting against a supposedly invincible enemy army.
  4. The story has been whittled away to the barest of plots, just enough to tie the missions together, and the movies and voice acting are obviously gone.
  5. A fairly playable, albeit generic, portable air combat game with a passable selection of fake planes and simple missions.
  6. This game will only last you few for a few hours, if you're lucky.
  7. If the developers had focused on making this title more of a 2D shooter on rails instead of trying to recreate the Ace Combat experience on the GBA screen, it could have been more enjoyable.
  8. A pretty average-and notably short-videogame.
  9. Nintendo Power
    Although your jet fighter naturally stays at one altitude, the game's unusual control scheme allows you to dive for a moment by pressing Up on the Control Pad. [Apr 2005, p.100]
  10. 45
    What they created here just doesn't work for sky battles.
  11. 40
    After spending a while with this game, you'll realize you're not actually playing Ace Combat. You're playing a quick-and-dirty flight game with the words Ace Combat slapped on the box, and entering eight-digit passwords whenever you want to pick up where you left off. This undercooked turkey barely earns its wings.
  12. Cheat Code Central
    It may have a sophisticated graphics engine and a good assortment of aircraft but for a game that should be presented in 3D, it falls flat.
  13. Play Magazine
    The thrill of the series has always resulted from engaging in semi-realistic dogfights amidst some of the most gorgeous visuals ever seen - features that are sorely lacking in the GBA version. [Feb 2005, p.81]

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#34 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
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  1. Oct 11, 2015
    This game can be summed up in one word. Meh.
    Would I recommend it? 10 years ago, I would've said yes. Now? Not a chance.
    Graphics are dated,
    This game can be summed up in one word. Meh.
    Would I recommend it? 10 years ago, I would've said yes. Now? Not a chance.
    Graphics are dated, singleplayer only, lackluster soundtrack, but...It does have a nice plane list, some kinda fun/challenging missions, and varied environments.
    It is pretty easy though, once you get the hang of dodging SAMs.
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  2. GabyH.
    Feb 22, 2005
    A pretty good game for a GBA iteration of the popular Ace Combat franchise.