Game Boy Advance

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 8 out of 12
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  1. Nintendo Power
    Three versions of the first side-scrolling shooter give Defender for the GBA old-school flair. [Feb 2003, p.160]
  2. 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.
  3. A distinct lack of pace (something that made the original so absorbing) also makes the action far less exciting than it should be.
  4. Pocket Games
    The main part of the game is a complete mockery of the Defender franchise. [Spring 2003, p.31]
  5. The updates really don’t do anything to improve the gameplay and in some cases actually detract from it.
  6. Good variety, no sound, and a flawed concept.
  7. The graphics are simply poor. The sound is painful to the ears at time, although it stuck very close to the original game.
  8. 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.
  9. Cheat Code Central
    Don't confuse this game with the console games however. Console games good; GBA game bad.
  10. 20
    I haven't seen a worse classic remake since Atari botched "Pac-Man" on the 2600 more than two decades ago.
  11. Game Informer
    The arcade died years ago, but this is surely an uncalled-for goober spit on its grave. [Feb 2003, p110]
  12. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#63 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
User Score

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