Metal Slug Advance Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: Now you can have all the 2D arcade action of Metal Slug in the palm of your hand, because Metal Slug Advance has arrived on the Game Boy Advance. Through five action-packed missions, you must move out on foot or in slug vehicles across rugged terrain and underwater bases. Your objective is to rescue hostages by destroying enemies and solving strategic puzzles. Completing your missions becomes easier when you collect more than 100 types of E-cards, which enhance your character's abilities. Expand
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 92
    While the series hasn't changed drastically in its 9 year history, the latest Metal Slug is still, for some inexplicable reason, hard to put down. How many series can you say that about?
  2. Almost everything that was so great about the coin-op versions is found here. [Feb 2005, p.80]
  3. 84
    It's a little on the short side, since you can endlessly retry each section until you succeed, but fun while it lasts.
  4. While some of you may be annoyed by the title's difficulty adjustment, namely, the inclusion of a power bar and unlimited continues, you'll still be amazed by the intense action that the game offers, and its collection system is pretty sweet as well.
  5. 80
    Despite the limitations, it's an incredible feat that SNK was able to get a GBA game to look and play this well on its first try.
  6. The basic gameplay of Metal Slug Advance is quite entertaining and fun - whilst slightly marred by additions that are rather pointless and don't add anything worthwhile to the experience.
  7. It just doesn't feel like the same series we've come to know, and follows the traits of similar action games of today, rather then the simple style to that of our yester years. It has its fair share of problems sure, but still remains fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. JoshuaM.
    Jun 14, 2005
    What are you people, crazy?!! This is possibly one of the best GBA games there is to date, why would you guys think it sold out almost as fast as Halo 2 on its release date. Truly a game worthy of the name "the best there is." Plus the best part is that althought its just another Metal Slug game, it is just another Metal Slug game that you can play, on the go! if you don't have a GBA, then you have no soul to play this game. Expand
  2. T.G.
    Aug 1, 2004
    Long live metal slug!
  3. AaronL.
    Feb 24, 2005
    Metal Slug Advance rocks my socks!! Its every bit as good as the Coin-Op games.
  4. Fernando
    Jan 21, 2005
    d@#$#mn good.
  5. J.L.
    Oct 25, 2005
    Great game! no complains here! Follow the traditions of Metal Slug.
  6. DainQ.G.
    Dec 16, 2004
    This is probably as close to a true Metal Slug game as the GBA could (or will) possibly get. The "insanely hard" bosses, as in all Metal Slug games, have discernible patterns and can be bested with some trial and error. Amazingly, most of the weapons of the previous games are intact. The more gruesome death animations and blood have been cut out, but in turn The Slug seems as alive and "breathing" as ever, a trademark animation style of the series. Many top-tier GBA games have been said to be too short (Metroid, Castlevania). The trend to alleviate this problem has been the card-collecting aspect. This game is no different, and some cards are quite fun to play with, and change the landscape of the game a smidge...but this fun tinkering won't last as long as it will take for the sequel to come out. A great ride while it lasts, like most great GBA games. Expand
  7. KDog
    Nov 26, 2004
    Too short, too boring, not enough real action. Bosses are insanely hard. Bring back Metal Slug 2 & 3!

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