Jet Grind Radio Game Boy Advance
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Jun 26, 2003
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. With its emphasis on grinding and painting rather than going for crazy tricks and high scores, there is something fresh about the gameplay.
  2. 91
    With its emphasis on grinding and painting rather than going for crazy tricks and high scores, there is something fresh about the gameplay.
  3. 85
    Still great fun on the Game Boy Advance...even if isn't quite as accessible in its isometric perspective as it is on the Dreamcast with its fully 3D environments.
  4. Despite a few little problems, such as judging the distance of your jumps, Jet Grind Radio is a fun title with addictive gameplay.
  5. 85
    Despite a few little problems, such as judging the distance of your jumps, Jet Grind Radio is a fun title with addictive gameplay.
  6. 85
    Still great fun on the Game Boy Advance...even if isn't quite as accessible in its isometric perspective as it is on the Dreamcast with its fully 3D environments.
  7. What's funner than a hip-hop skateboarding game? Why, a Japanese hip-hop skateboarding game, of course!
  8. 80
    What's funner than a hip-hop skateboarding game? Why, a Japanese hip-hop skateboarding game, of course!
  9. Although it can be tough to get into, this is actually a pretty decent conversion of a game that really shouldn't play this well on a Game Boy system.
  10. With an addictive soundtrack and a near verbatim translation of the story and gameplay, you'll find that all the praise Jet Grind Radio got for the Dreamcast is well deserved.
  11. 80
    With an addictive soundtrack and a near verbatim translation of the story and gameplay, you'll find that all the praise Jet Grind Radio got for the Dreamcast is well deserved.
  12. 80
    Although it can be tough to get into, this is actually a pretty decent conversion of a game that really shouldn't play this well on a Game Boy system.
  13. The fast paced gameplay and looks of the original are still here. Also, the multiplayer and graffiti edit modes give it a good lasting appeal.
  14. 80
    The fast paced gameplay and looks of the original are still here. Also, the multiplayer and graffiti edit modes give it a good lasting appeal.
  15. 80
    More than a decent scaling down of a seminal game, Jet Grind Radio is an accomplished and guaranteed time-killer.
  16. The iso-view takes a little getting used to, as does the point-and-go control, but once you're in the groove it's all good, from the animation to the super cool cutscenes and familiar level design. [Apr 2003, p.64]
  17. 80
    More than a decent scaling down of a seminal game, Jet Grind Radio is an accomplished and guaranteed time-killer.
  18. 80
    The iso-view takes a little getting used to, as does the point-and-go control, but once you're in the groove it's all good, from the animation to the super cool cutscenes and familiar level design. [Apr 2003, p.64]
  19. From the tight controls to the challenging gameplay and including many tunes from the original this game is highly recommended for any GBA players that want some serious 'tude with their game.
  20. 80
    From the tight controls to the challenging gameplay and including many tunes from the original this game is highly recommended for any GBA players that want some serious 'tude with their game.
  21. It combines the level structure and characters from the Dreamcast game with many of the story elements from the Xbox game, and it does an effective job.
  22. 76
    It combines the level structure and characters from the Dreamcast game with many of the story elements from the Xbox game, and it does an effective job.
  23. It lasts for about 6-10 hours, but it’s an interesting game and you will want to play it over.
  24. It lasts for about 6-10 hours, but it’s an interesting game and you will want to play it over.
  25. A tremendous translation of the home console versions.
  26. 75
    A tremendous translation of the home console versions.
  27. 75
    Since it uses the same engine as the GBA "Tony Hawk" games, the skaing and grinding action works very well. [July 2003, p.52]
  28. 75
    Since it uses the same engine as the GBA "Tony Hawk" games, the skaing and grinding action works very well. [July 2003, p.52]
  29. 71
    An excellent downsizing of a cutting-edge game for a lesser platform, retaining the essential gameplay of the original while deftly imitating its audiovisual aspects.
  30. 71
    An excellent downsizing of a cutting-edge game for a lesser platform, retaining the essential gameplay of the original while deftly imitating its audiovisual aspects.
  31. All told, this GBA edition is done well enough that fans of the series will be satisfied with the on-the-go experience, but don't expect to be blown away. [Sept 2003, p.125]
  32. 70
    All told, this GBA edition is done well enough that fans of the series will be satisfied with the on-the-go experience, but don't expect to be blown away. [Sept 2003, p.125]
  33. The stylized graphics have a love-them-or-hate-them quality, but the animation is smooth and the music grooves. [Sept 2003, p.137]
  34. 62
    The stylized graphics have a love-them-or-hate-them quality, but the animation is smooth and the music grooves. [Sept 2003, p.137]
  35. A title for the fans to be sure, but anyone else seeking that graffiti buzz should look to the Dreamcast (or Xbox) to really understand, understand the concept of (Jet Set Radio) love.
  36. 60
    A title for the fans to be sure, but anyone else seeking that graffiti buzz should look to the Dreamcast (or Xbox) to really understand, understand the concept of (Jet Set Radio) love.
  37. The rather twitchy controls don’t help matters either, forcing you to persevere through, rather than enjoy, the game.
  38. 60
    The rather twitchy controls don’t help matters either, forcing you to persevere through, rather than enjoy, the game.
  39. 60
    The questionable control layout makes actually enjoying the good points harder than it should be.
  40. 60
    The questionable control layout makes actually enjoying the good points harder than it should be.
  41. Despite the problems, players will likely find themselves coming back to the game, because it is just as entertaining as it is frustrating.
  42. Despite the problems, players will likely find themselves coming back to the game, because it is just as entertaining as it is frustrating.
  43. Faithful as a bloodhound to the Dreamcast original, this GBA port is a stunning example of when authenticity ought to be sacrificed to utility. This is not a lazy port. But the loyalty of the conversion is ill-advised. [Sept 2003]
  44. Faithful as a bloodhound to the Dreamcast original, this GBA port is a stunning example of when authenticity ought to be sacrificed to utility. This is not a lazy port. But the loyalty of the conversion is ill-advised. [Sept 2003]
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. DavB.
    Aug 11, 2003
    8
    JGR is and always has been one of the most original games ever made. The graffitti system is really entertaining, especially when you can make your own designs. The only complaint is that the learning curve is a bit steep (but manageable). Other than that, JGR is one of the best games for the GBA in a while. I'm giving it an 8, but that's because most GBA titles don't usually rise above a 7 for me. Full Review »
  2. DavidM.
    May 25, 2003
    10
    As a remake of the popular DreamCast/XBox game, Jet Grind Radio takes its graffiti to a new level now that it has come to GBA, in a miniature/transportable format. Full Review »