Ask us about our favourite Game Boy Advance titles now, a good couple of years since anything meaningful was released for the machine, and we’d probably list WarioWare and WarioWare: Twisted! among our top five. Two titles from the same development team, including one game that never even made it to this country.
We’re well used to RPG characters being somewhat unhelpful, but in River King the miserable sods take great pleasure in deliberately obstructing your quest. If we had a sword or a nice spiky ball on a stick, things might be different. But with just a fishing rod and a bag of bait, people don’t have the incentive to get out of your way.
It’s the usual story: your sister has fallen into a deep sleep - otherwise known as
If you told the GamesRadar staff that an army of alien robots was invading, we’d probably defend ourselves by handing everyone can openers and a bucket of water. But smarter folk like the lovable geek you play in real-time strategy game Robocalypse would create their own army of robots, some of which are programmed with the personalities of World War II veterans. Yeah, we guess that makes sense.
You don't need to have seen the animated movie that this is based on to come to the conclusion that Robots is a distinctly average side-scrolling platformer. As with many 'kids' games, it's wilfully simplistic and makes use of all the standard platforming devices with little imagination.The premise is that you must find spare parts for the other characters you stumble across throughout the game, while negotiating the usual array of enemies, lifts, switches and ledges. You're accompanied by a
Playing through Rondo of Swords, you can't help but wonder if it was originally intended to be released for the Game Boy Advance (or an earlier 16-bit system). The underlying mechanics are OK. Like Fire Emblem and other stalwarts of the strategy role-playing genre, you can kill a freakish number of hours slogging through one lengthy turn-based battle after another.
You have to wonder what they put in the water at Spider Monk Entertainment. Roogoo Attack! is an enjoyable and challenging block-stacking puzzler, but what on Earth is the story all about? You play an animal formed from the unlikely union of kangaroo and squirrel defending his once happy homeworld by collecting different shaped falling meteors. Not your average game’s premise.
On paper, Rooms: The Main Building sounds about as much fun as a three-hour slideshow entitled ‘Artex – Swirly Ceilings through the Ages’. That’s because it’s based on those godawful tile-sliding puzzles where you have to rearrange a picture.
Guys are always doing stupid things to get their dream girls' attention, but no one can boast more than the ambiguous hero of The Rub Rabbits!. His love-stricken chase for affection spreads across 35 short and sweet minigames, each involving an outrageous, often sexually-charged scenario. He's a man willing to fight off clanky, robotic bears, wade through swift moving rivers loaded with mutant alligators and climb frozen mountaintops for nothing more than a kiss from his silhouetted
The twist in Rune Factory 2 couldn’t shake the series up more if it were wearing knuckledusters and tearing the arms off the townsfolk. We’re not going to say in detail, in order to avoid any spoilers. Suffice to say that anyone who’s been following the Harvest Moon series will be in for a shock and a treat, making this farming-dungeon fighting-flirting RPG an essential addition to the series. And as for newcomers?
Farming doesn’t sound like an inherently interesting game concept, but it’s proven to be hugely profitable for publishers. Besides the massive Farmville juggernaut, there’s the long-running Harvest Moon series from Natsume, of which the Rune Factory series is a spin-off.
Rune Factory games can essentially be described as “Harvest Moon plus an Action/RPG”, and Rune Factory 3 is no different. The bulk of your time will be spent tending to your farm as the in-game days and seasons pass, raising crops and finding ways to prepare and sell them. You’ll also interact with the local townsfolk, running various errands to win their admiration. Combat is a lesser – though still essential – part of the game, as you’ll need to progress the primary narrative by taking down some big boss monsters...