Army Men: Advance Reviews (Game Boy Advance)

Army Men: Advance Game Boy Advance Title screen


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Gamezilla (Jul 09, 2001)
In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting a lot from Army Men Advance, considering the fact that the plethora of Army Men games so far have been generally disappointing. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that AMA works well and is a good bit of fun. The lack of a save game option and the sparse backgrounds bring the score down a little, but if you can cope with those problems, there is a lot to like in this action/puzzle game.
70 (UK) (Jul 12, 2001)
Army Men Advance is probably the most entertaining game in the series to date, with the bright cartoonish graphics and larger-than-life settings proving a perfect match for the GameBoy Advance. Unfortunately it lacks longevity, and given that GBA games are rather pricey at the moment, £35 for three hours of entertainment is perhaps a little steep.
70 (Aug 08, 2001)
Grâce à son ambiance bonne enfant et à sa réalisation soignée, Army Men Advance fait parti de ces jeux qui donnent toujours envie d'aller plus loin. Malheureusement, on en vient trop vite à bout et on reste sur notre faim.
Army Men Advance is a simple game based on simple toys, and mindlessly killing people can be cool, especially when the premise is so straightforward. But the villain here is the controls. Per usual for an AM title, I was running around frantically in order to aim properly. Holding down the R shoulder button fixes your orientation, but oftentimes you’re so surrounded by foes it's not practical. On the other hand, I wish the environments were as cluttered with scenery. There is little here that pushes the handheld's known power. Multiplayer? That's MIA.
Gaming Target (Aug 15, 2001)
Visually, Army Men Advance makes impressive progress for the series on portable platforms, with its rich color and design. Yet, a noticeable downside occurs during several “night” operations, as the screen becomes too dark, causing player’s to take more time to complete such levels. While this still may be a Game Boy Advance hardware issue, its result doesn’t help the game in the end. Also, Army Men Advance suffers from unpredictable collision detection. There have been several times that I have been “shot” by a bullet that has missed me, and missed by a bullet that I watched hit me.
Hath the Lord forsaken thee? As hard as it may seem to believe, Army Men Advance is actually decent. The combat is a tad cumbersome, but the animation is superb, and the environments are as colorful as can be.
Planet (Sep 18, 2001)
Ein teils gelungenes Spiel, das gut abgestimmt ist. Viele neue interessante Einfälle machen das Spiel interessant. Jedoch ist es meiner Meinung nach später zu einfach. Wenn man den Bogen einmal raus hat ist man kaum zu Besiegen. Auch der Endgegner bereitet dann keine größeren Probleme mehr. Insgesamt finde ich das Spiel mit nur 12 Level doch etwas zu kurz. Diese Punkte führen doch zu erheblichen Spielspaßabzügen - trotz einiger interessanter Ansätze.
Die Army Men-Reihe nervte schon auf der PlayStation und auch auf dem GBA will nicht so recht Freude aufkommen. Die Soldaten wirken mit ihrem Comic-Style ganz nett, aber das Spiel ist eindeutig zu kurz geraten. Wirklich gefordert wird man nicht, dafür sind die Rätsel trotz des einstellbaren Schwierigkeitsgrads viel zu leicht geraten.
Les petits soldats verts passent à la GBA avec Army Men Advance. Deux personnages sont à votre disposition : Sarge et Vikki. Malheureusement, le jeu reste identique quel que soit celui que l’on choisit... Concrètement, il suffit d’avancer dans une douzaine de niveaux (assez simples) et de tirer tout ce qui bouge en réussissant divers objectifs : infiltration, sauvetage, etc.
Gamezone (Germany) (Jun 25, 2001)
Die Grafik ist auf den ersten Blick ganz nett, wird aber sehr schnell langweilig. In jedem Level bekommt man ein paar Missionsziele, welche zu erfüllen sind. Das schafft wenigstens ein bischen Abwechslung. Allerdings hat das Spiel eine sehr schleche Kollisionsabfrage, was dazu führt, das man die Gegner nicht sehr gut erledigen kann. Außerdem ist es fast unmöglich feindlichen Schüssen auszuweichen. Das Spiel hat außerdem keine Batterie, was bedeutet, daß man wiedermal per Hand Passwörter aufschreiben darf. Dieses Spiel ist nur was für echte Army Men-Fans. Alle anderen sollten lieber die Finger davon lassen!
GamePro (US) (Jun 11, 2001)
Playing as either Sarge or Vikki, your banal mission is to stop the insidious Tan army from using alien technology to take over the (yawn) world. Army Men: Advance does the basics right sound effects and control but is also completely uninventive. You putz around 17 levels of bland interiors and sparse outdoor scenes with your pea-shooter like weapons collecting keys, maps, and so on, while eliminating enemies. From a top-down view, all the characters look super-deformed, and the gameplay just doesn’t go anywhere. You’d have much more fun playing with genuine plastic army men than wasting your time in this virtual ghetto while straining endlessly to obtain just the right light on the god-forsaken Game Boy Advance screen. This is for franchise fanatics only.
NintendoWorldReport (Jul 05, 2001)
Army Men Advance is a run of the mill game. It offers nothing new to its series or genre. The graphics are drab and boring. The sound is almost not there at all, and the sound that is there if pitiful. The controls work well, thankfully. The gameplay is boring and very monotonous. There is almost no replay value in this title at all; it becomes incredibly stale long before you finish it. If you're a fan of the Army Men series and liked the other games, chances are you'll like Army Men Advance. If you just want a game to pick up and play, Army Men might be the choice for you, though you'd probably be better off with something else. But if you want a truly solid and awesome game, go somewhere else.
GameSpot (Jun 11, 2001)
Army Men Advance perpetuates the franchise's legacy of mediocrity. Its graphics are at the bottom of the Game Boy Advance totem pole, none of the hardware's interesting features like multiplayer are utilized, and the one-player mode can be finished in one day. Kids will likely enjoy its simplicity but will find it difficult to complete several of the game's goals due to the irritating hit detection and cramped areas. With so many quality games available for the launch of the GBA, Army Men Advance should be near the bottom of your list.
Army Men Advance är ett riktigt primitivt spel. Inte bara grafikmässigt utan även upplägget och storyn är pinsamt amatörmässiga. Men det första som slår en är ändå den ekande tomheten lik den som infinner sig efter en mäktig konsert. Tystnaden. Ingen bakgrundsmusik står att finna, ingen Messisas som kommit för att lyfta det sjaskiga spelet ur träsket i vilket det fötts. När man har kommit över och bearbetat denna inledande chock är överraskningarna få.