Defender Game Boy Advance

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  • Summary: Defender undergoes a 3D makeover, featuring fast-paced action, strategy, and an army of aliens. A remake of an arcade classic, Defender sends you on a mission to defend your solar system and save the human race from alien invasion. In addition to space combat action, the game showcasesDefender undergoes a 3D makeover, featuring fast-paced action, strategy, and an army of aliens. A remake of an arcade classic, Defender sends you on a mission to defend your solar system and save the human race from alien invasion. In addition to space combat action, the game showcases elements of strategy, multiple types of humans to protect and use, ground units for players to defend and position, and bases to build and expand. And now, you can upgrade your Defender ships with special weapons, shields, and other technologies. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 8 out of 12
  1. Nintendo Power
    60
    Three versions of the first side-scrolling shooter give Defender for the GBA old-school flair. [Feb 2003, p.160]
  2. A distinct lack of pace (something that made the original so absorbing) also makes the action far less exciting than it should be.
  3. There are too many "button" needs to limit yourself to such a tiny panel of controls. You really need to stand back and SEE what's going on. You must have very quick fingers to survive for long.
  4. Cheat Code Central
    40
    Don't confuse this game with the console games however. Console games good; GBA game bad.
  5. The graphics are simply poor. The sound is painful to the ears at time, although it stuck very close to the original game.
  6. Defender proves that more is not necessarily better, especially when it comes to modes of play. Rather than take a rock solid format and enhance it through multiple variants of the same basic theme, the developers have created a mess and tried to cover it up with different versions that all have weaknesses.
  7. Terrible gameplay, terrible animation, terrible AI, the addition of new modes that actually detract from the original, revamped controls that manage to both suck and blow at the same time – if given a choice between playing the GBA version again or eating the cartridge, plastic and all, I’d be firing up my microwave and looking for a plate.

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  1. ChrisA.
    Jul 27, 2003
    8
    I like this game. A great shooter.

Awards & Rankings

#63 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002