• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Sep 10, 2003
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  • Summary: Gruntilda is back, and it's up to Banjo and Kazooie to stop her master plan. In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, you'll play as Banjo and follow him through six worlds rife with trials and contests. Some of the challenges you must overcome include solving puzzles, avoiding obstacles, andGruntilda is back, and it's up to Banjo and Kazooie to stop her master plan. In Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge, you'll play as Banjo and follow him through six worlds rife with trials and contests. Some of the challenges you must overcome include solving puzzles, avoiding obstacles, and battling different enemies. Defeat your foes by using Banjo's array of combat moves. You can also seek help from witch doctors, who can transform Banjo into a mouse, a tank, and other creatures. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 90
    A fine mix of adventure, puzzle and mini-games that all end up falling into place gracefully.
  2. 85
    What makes Grunty's Revenge work so well is that it never becomes boring or overly repetitive.
  3. Sure the story is extremely weak and the boss battles prove to be more of an annoying distraction rather than a challenge, but it is, overall, the best conversion of a brilliant N64 game on the GBA.
  4. Nintendo Power
    72
    Although the straight-on overhead view makes it difficult to judge the height of platforms, the overall game play is fast-paced and enjoyable. [Dec 2003, p.148]
  5. It has crisp sound, good graphics, and an ok game to play. The game will be good for a month, but unless you're a hardcore fan of the BK series, you might wanna pass.
  6. netjak
    69
    May not be the best Banjo Kazooie, nor is it very long, but it's sure to be enjoyed by BK fans and any person who is looking for a fun little game to play on their GBAs. If you didn't like the first two games, then chances are you won't like Grunty's Revenge.
  7. Edge Magazine
    40
    While there are some interesting mini-games to break up the wandering, Grunty's Revenge is mainly an abject lesson in breadcrumb following game design. [Dec 2003, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. MooseOntheloose
    Nov 3, 2003
    10
    BRILLIANT! Has the feel of the N64 games, some of the best graphics on the GBA, and heaps of gameplay.
  2. TomG.
    Oct 7, 2003
    10
    Plays almost exactly like the N64 versions except in an isometric view(like Spyro). The graphics and gameplay are phenomenol....definitely a Plays almost exactly like the N64 versions except in an isometric view(like Spyro). The graphics and gameplay are phenomenol....definitely a platformer you're going to want to add to your collection. Expand
  3. SomeOne
    Nov 27, 2003
    10
    I've been a lover of he Banjo_kazooie series ever since the N64. IM so happy that came out with such a unique and fun game. You will be I've been a lover of he Banjo_kazooie series ever since the N64. IM so happy that came out with such a unique and fun game. You will be drawn to complete 100%of the game and get everything. Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2015
    9
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  5. Sep 5, 2017
    9
    Rare does an incredible job at bringing the Banjo-Kazooie experience to the GBA. The gameplay style has been changed from a 3D platformer intoRare does an incredible job at bringing the Banjo-Kazooie experience to the GBA. The gameplay style has been changed from a 3D platformer into that of an isometric one, but all of the series' staples are in place. You'll hunt down "jiggies" and notes in order to get further in the game and purchase new moves. There are quite a few areas to explore and the amount of variety in the side-activities is quite impressive for a GBA game. Every now and then you'll encounter character's who will let you play little mini-games for your jiggy. It's a nice way to shake things up from the standard platforming challenges and puzzle solving.

    What's most remarkable though is just how well the feeling of the console games has been captured here. Alongside seeing familiar faces, you'll be doing a lot of similar things. The collect-a-thon elements are perfectly recreated. The moves new and old feel great to use and it's always nice to gain access to a new one and have more areas open up to you in previously discovered locations. The boss battles are excellent, even if there are really only three, and the level and challenge design is top-notch all around. There's also an excellent soundtrack and some of the GBA's best graphics.

    There are one or two issues that just barely manage to keep the game from achieving masterpiece status though. The first is that the top-down view of the action can occasionally make it hard to tell just what you can and cannot reach. This also leads to some rare occasions where judging the distance between your jumps can be a problem as well. I also did not enjoy the timed challenges in the game. Having to beat the clock is something I never find enjoyable. Luckily these complaints are made very small due to the fact that their occurrences are so very rare over the course of the game. In fact the biggest complaint I think people are going to have with the game is just how short it is. However, even that is lessened by just how perfect it's length is for a GBA game.

    This simply is Banjo-Kazooie on the GBA. The change in perspective doesn't rob the game of any of the series charm. Rare pulled out all the stops to create an excellent game and a wonderful continuation of one their most beloved series on a handheld system with a different gameplay style. If you love Banjo-Kazooie or just fantastic platformers in general, Grunty's Revenge is the game for you.

    9.8/10
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  6. JhonnyV.
    Dec 13, 2003
    8
    It's a pretty good game..It has some flaws that i spotted but most of all it good.
  7. Mar 26, 2017
    5
    BK and BT are two of my favorite games ever. This game was pretty disappointing. It's quite difficult to control or tell where you're going,BK and BT are two of my favorite games ever. This game was pretty disappointing. It's quite difficult to control or tell where you're going, which is kind of important for a platformer, and the tasks/objectives are pretty simple and boring. Expand

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#18 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003