Dynasty Warriors Advance
|Dynasty Warriors Advance|
North American Game Boy Advance cover art
|Developer(s)||Omega Force, Koei|
|Genre(s)||Hack and slash
Dynasty Warriors Advance (真・三國無双 Advance Shin Sangoku Musō Adobansu?, Shin Sangokumusou Advance in Japan) is a video game for the Game Boy Advance portable handheld system, part of the Dynasty Warriors series. The game was published by Nintendo, and developed by Koei using their external development company Omega Force. It was released on August 29, 2005.
Players choose from 13 characters based on Chinese history, battling through 11 battle maps. Each character has similar attacks to their counterparts in the other Dynasty Warriors games. The character development system is also present in the game, which allows the player to collect a large multitude of weapons for each character.
Like the other Dynasty Warriors games, the play modes are Free Mode, Musou Mode and Challenge Mode.
Unlike the non-portable-console Dynasty Warriors Games, there are a set number of possible positions for the characters. You can go up to two spots back and one spot forward. However, the player can only move when it says "Player Move." When it is an "Ally Move" or an "Enemy Move," the player can not perform any functions.
The abilities to jump, build Musou, and shoot arrows in battle from the previous games were omitted from Advance. Also, characters' speech is all in subtitles, with no voiceovers. Though that there is dialogue when a character defeats an officer. Most commonly "Enemy officer defeated".
Dynasty Warriors Advance received varied reviews upon release. IGN disliked the game, grading it 4 out of 10,  criticizing the low number of on-screen enemies at any time, and the "button-mashing" gameplay. Nintendo Power, however, awarded the game a 7 (out of 10), praising its replay value that "ranks among the best" on the Game Boy Advance system. The game currently has a 56 out of 100 score at Metacritic. 
Only a few characters are in Dynasty Warriors Advance:
All characters start from the beginning except, Cao Cao, Liu Bei, Sun Jian and Lu Bu The 3 Lords can be unlocked by completing each Musou Mode and Lu Bu can be unlocked by clearing Musou modes with Cao Cao, Sun Jian or Liu Bei.
- (English) Koei's Official Site
- (Japanese) Official Game Site of Japan
- (traditional Chinese) Official Game Site of Taiwan
- "EA Signs North American Distribution Agreement with Koei Corporation for Upcoming Tactical Action Game Samurai Warriors". Electronic Arts. 2004-02-24. Retrieved 2007-12-03.[dead link]
- IGN: Dynasty Warriors Advance Review
- Dynasty Warriors Advance (gba: 2005): Reviews