Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure
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|Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure (ドラゴンボール アドバンス アドベンチャー Doragon Bōru Adobansu Adobenchā ) is a Game Boy Advance video game based on the Dragon Ball manga and anime series. The game contains 30 playable characters (counting all modes in the game altogether), which is unusually large for a third-party game for a portable system. It contains five modes of play. The story of the game starts at the very the beginning of the series when Goku first met Bulma, and goes all the way up to the final battle against King Piccolo. This game received an ESRB rating of Everyone 10+ because of some of the violence and language.
Goku goes on the adventure of his lifetime. Most of the Dragon Ball story arcs are represented; the only one noticeably missing is the "Piccolo Junior" storyline from the end of the Dragon Ball series.
There are many items to collect in the game, most of which are hidden. Items include those that increase the player's health and/or ki, Dragon Balls, objects such as Master Roshi's sunglasses and Mercenary Tao's cyborg headgear. The player is only able to play as Goku at first. Clearing Goku's Story Mode once unlocks the ability to play Story Mode with Krillin. However with Krillin, there aren't any cutscenes or story; just the levels. Story Mode cannot be played with any other character.
There are 3 main level designs:
- Platform levels- Goku/Krillin travels through an area and fights standard enemies.
- Nimbus levels- Goku/Krillin fights enemies in the air on the Nimbus Cloud.
- One-On-One levels- Where one character fights another character individually, like in the tournaments.
A one-on-one fight exists where one can engage in a battle between the player and an opponent, much like several of the boss battles in the game. This is a free battle mode where you can decide which area you and your opponent will fight at and how long the fight will be. Your initial choices are Goku and Krillin, but whenever you defeat a one-on-one character in Story Mode, you gain a personal effect of theirs which unlocks their character in One-on-One mode. You can play as Jackie Chun, Mercenary Tao, Grandpa Gohan, Tien Shinhan, King Piccolo and Cyborg Tao once you unlock them.
Apart from single battles, a Survival Mode can also be unlocked by completing both Goku and Krillin's Story Mode. In a Survival mode game you are placed in a tournament, and can select any of the characters that have been unlocked.
The multiplayer mode of the game, where 2 players can compete against each other with most of the options available in One-on-One Mode.
After the player has completed Goku's Story Mode it unlocks Extra Mode. In Extra Mode, the player revisits all the levels in Story Mode (without the cutscenes) and replays them. The player has all of the levels available at the start rather than having to go through them in order. There are two primary objectives to complete:
- Number One: All of the red doors seen throughout the levels can now be opened, and a greater amount of items are placed in the stages. Minigames can be unlocked by finding all 54 items.
- Number Two: The Extra Mode Character List shows 28 characters that the player can unlock for use in Extra Mode, aside from Goku and Krillin. Each of them has a corresponding portrait hidden in one of the levels that must be found to unlock the character for use. Both the third and fourth mini game must be accessed before every single character can be unlocked. After that, it is highly recommended to play through Extra Mode as each character and learn all of their moves.
The game received mixed reviews. Critics say that the number of modes made it a much better game as opposed to if there had been only 1 or 2 modes. The One-On-One mode was criticized for being too straightforward, but was also praised as a concept in the first place. The minigames were described as cute. The Story Mode was criticized a little bit for telling the actual story, but the gameplay (and the new Extra Mode) was praised a lot in contrast. All in all, it was the number of locations from the show, the number of playable characters, and the number of items from the show that really surprised people.