Advance Wars Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: The battle lines have been drawn, and an elite group of sly strategists are massing troops at your borders. You'll have to command ground, air and naval forces if you hope to survive the coming wars, and it won't be easy. With 114 maps to battle on and both Single-Pak and Multi-Pak link modes, Advance Wars brings turn-based strategy to a depth never before seen on a handheld! Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. One of the best aspects of Advance Wars is the sheer amount of things you can do. If you choose not to play the Campaign mode, you can still fight and earn battlefields in the War Room, or can get friends together and play multiplayer on either one GBA or link up to four GBAs at one time.
  2. Handheld game or not, the depth and complexity of Advance Wars is astonishing.
  3. From trying to unlock every CO to buying all the War Room and Vs. maps to trying to earn the best rank possible, there are enough features in this game to make three games. Advance Wars is pretty much perfect in every category.
  4. The replay value is great and this game will last forever.
  5. In terms of sheer depth and pure gameplay, there really is nothing else on the GBA to touch Advance Wars.
  6. I never had so much fun NOT playing a game. You see, whether you share one GBA or link several up, you don't get to do anything when it's not your turn. [Oct 2001, p.156]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 4, 2002
    A very good game.
  2. JoeT.
    Aug 14, 2007
    A highly addictive, yet extremely complex game for the GBA. This game perfectly fits the mold of 'easy to learn, hard to master'.
  3. DanielW.
    Mar 25, 2003
    This game is a must buy, just turn off the speakers while you play, the audio sucks. Visually it's great, along with the gameplay. Sucks that you have to watch the computer when it's not your turn though. And finally, the make your own map future rules! Collapse
  4. Chachisan
    Aug 13, 2005
    If you've never played this game before, do yourself a favor and buy it, play it, and experience it. It doesn't matter if you're a Nintendo lover or hater. This is one of those games that will exercise your brain while you're having fun. You'll ride the local train instead of the express to get in more playtime. You'll think about spending some of your lunch break playing. And when you're winding down for bed you'll want to sneak in a quick move or two as you fall asleep. This game pretty much consumed all of my free time when I first got a GBASP early last year. I haven't played Advance Wars 2, but I'm going to skip it and go for Advance Wars DS as soon as I tire of Meteos and Super Mario 64 DS. Expand
  5. Jun 28, 2014
    one of the finest GBA games i have ever played in my life. the controls work perfect, there is much taught put into the story and the music is one of the best one the system. i love it! Expand
  6. EricC.
    Feb 9, 2003
    What's so addicting about this game is that it mimicks a game of chess. Well thought moves using a variety of units to achieve victory by either total defeat, capturing of the HQ, or some other task. Not doing anything when it's your turn is merely a part of the gameplay, and I'm surprised some see it as a negative. Sometimes, I found this game to be too addictive and I couldn't stop playing for hours. What makes this game great is the variety of strategy used in the battlefield. I would highly recommend this for any GBA owner. Expand
  7. Char
    Jul 25, 2002
    A moderate war game but it lacks the intensity of other GBA war games like Zone of the Enders.

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