Metal Slug Advance Game Boy Advance

  • Publisher: SNK
  • Release Date: Dec 2, 2004

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. netjak
    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. AceGamez
    What with the outstanding gameplay, the longevity of playing the beautiful levels over and over and the cracking sound effects, I say get Metal Slug Advance! It may be the greatest 2D shooter to hit the Advance.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    Those familiar with the NeoGeo console games will marvel at how accurately the essence of the game has been capture in terms of graphics, sound and gameplay.
  4. A really good game. Its gameplay, at heart, is pure Metal Slug.
  5. Play Magazine
    Almost everything that was so great about the coin-op versions is found here. [Feb 2005, p.80]
  6. If you like shooters, you would be a fool to not own this game. It's not the best Metal Slug - its easier, has less branching to the levels, and the animation is not as smooth - but it's still awesome.
  7. 84
    The most exciting aspect of Metal Slug Advance is just how well the game design works on the GBA platform.
  8. Nintendo Power
    Though the game has only five main missions, it's high difficulty and 100 collectible cards guarantee a long playing time. [Feb 2005, p.116]
  9. 84
    It's a little on the short side, since you can endlessly retry each section until you succeed, but fun while it lasts.
  10. Metal Slug's first foray onto the GBA is a resounding success. Even though Metal Slug Advance is a brand-new game, it has all the sights, sounds, and charm of the NeoGeo games it's based on.
  11. Some aspects of it are ridiculous and annoying (lack of a quick save, card collecting). However, the levels are tuned perfectly, the graphics have a lot of hidden polish to them and the overall package is more a labor of love than just a cash cow capitalizing on nostalgia.
  12. Some gamers may find it too short or frustrating, but it's a must-have for shooter fans.
  13. To put it plain and simple, Metal Slug Advance is one of the most entertaining Game Boy Advance games of the year, and if you even find the game easy enough to beat it quick, you'll want to keep going time and time again to improve your skill.
  14. GMR Magazine
    It's a challenging game, but that's Metal Slug for you - everything you liked about the previous games, you'll find here, and that's no small feat on a small platform. [Feb 2005, p.103]
  15. In the short time it takes for you to complete it, you'll probably experience a few unique adrenaline pumping moments that will inevitably bring a smile to your face. Don't worry, for an action, a Metal Slug game, it's only natural.
  16. 80
    Even the hidden cards, which seemed like a lame gimmick at first ended up being a, well, pretty cool gimmick. If you're a fan of Contra and its ilk, you should give this one a try.
  17. 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.
  18. It's a testament to the Metal Slug series that the movement to the Game Boy Advance, a medium known for marginalizing and, ultimately, diminishing the play experience of ported games, has not lost any substantial quality in translation. The run-and-gun, cartoonish action is as abundant and entertaining as ever.
  19. The game contains an unprecedented amount of detail to make this experience as close to the previous Metal Slug games as possible.
  20. 80
    SNK has done a remarkable job of creating a new Metal Slug experience that feels nearly perfect on the small screen. Frenetic action, great graphics, and classic, refined gameplay are all highlights here.
  21. 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.
  22. The quick style of the game is quite suitable for portable action.
  23. While its old school side-scrolling shooting action may not appeal to younger gamers, an older GBA-playing crowd will appreciate Metal Slug Advance and its high challenge level.
  24. 70
    A fantastically fun title, and is a credit to SNKP, who have managed (with considerable skill) to bring the distinctive tang of Slug to the masses. Although easier by far than its arcade brethren, at least this means the game has a chance of finding a (mass?) market ' a shrewd move by the IP's new masters.
  25. 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.
  26. The GBA does a great job of keeping up with the arcade version. Graphically it impresses, with tons of sprites and gunfire lighting up the screen (a bonus for non-SP owners) although the sound can be a little squelchy. [Jan 2005, p.100]
  27. Game Informer
    It still offers frantic side-scrolling action, but doesn't live up to the glorious old-school fragfests of recent titles like "Metal Slug 3." [Dec 2004, p.190]
  28. A good game, but it has it faults. Graphics aren't nearly as good as the series is known for and the slowdown really gets to you in some parts of the game.
  29. Something that followers of the series will appreciate. It does have it's shortcomings, like it's short, pretty easy and is your standard run and gun game without two player support.
  30. Sadly, Metal Slug Advance is the worst game in the franchise with the stupid health bar, insane difficulty, shoddy frame rate, unknown playable characters, lack of a co-op link mode, and merciless respawning enemies.
  31. 50
    The bosses are either too easy or too irritating. And most of the great enemies we saw in the recent Xbox release are nowhere to be found, leaving dull soldiers and a scattered few fun baddies.
  32. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#16 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
#10 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jul 7, 2011
    I really loved the PS versions, but this one is good for a portable device, it has everything that fan's wil like and love,. Oh and also funnyI really loved the PS versions, but this one is good for a portable device, it has everything that fan's wil like and love,. Oh and also funny looking at those helpless soldiers. Full Review »
  2. MattS.
    Dec 21, 2007
    Awesome game, however most of the bosses are insanely hard even on 'normal' mode (which is the easiest mode they have) and can get Awesome game, however most of the bosses are insanely hard even on 'normal' mode (which is the easiest mode they have) and can get really frustrating....I haven't tried 'hard' mode but it's probably impossible. Full Review »
  3. J.L.
    Oct 25, 2005
    Great game! no complains here! Follow the traditions of Metal Slug.