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DescriptionIn the South Pacific, Master Higgins lives peacefully wearing only a grass skirt and a cap. That is until the Evil Witch Doctor decides to capture the Princess Leilani and hold her as his own. It's up to Master Higgins to gather throwing axes, fireballs and skateboards in order to aid his noble quest.
The game is a side scroller, Master Higgins moves across the screen from left to right and finds his power-ups in giant eggs. This includes a skateboard which results in a great speed enhancement - until Master Higgins gets hit and loses his power. If he is not on a skateboard a hit means instant death. Another game mechanic is starvation which gets indicated through a meter which steadily decreases. If it hits zero the hero dies and the only way to fill it up is by collecting food on the way. Bosses await him at the end of levels, all the way to the Evil Witch Doctor himself.
- "高橋名人の冒険島" -- Japanese spelling
- "Wonder Boy" -- Original Arcade title
- "Takahashi Meijin no Boukenjima" -- Japanese title
- "Hudson's Adventure Island" -- US in-game title
- "Adventure Island Classic in the Pacific" -- European title
- "Adventure Island Classic" -- European NES title
Part of the Following Groups
- Classic NES / Famicom Mini / NES Classics releases
- Game Center CX challenge games
- Gameplay feature: Hunger / Thirst
- Hudson's Adventure Island series
- Setting: Australian / Oceanian
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The Press Says
|GameSpot||J2ME||Nov 10, 2004||7.5 out of 10||75|
|Nintendo Life||Wii||Sep 03, 2007||70|
|Official Nintendo Magazine||Wii||Feb 22, 2008||70 out of 100||70|
|Game Freaks 365||NES||2007||5.8 out of 10||58|
|IGN||Wii||Sep 17, 2007||5.5 out of 10||55|
|IGN||NES||Sep 17, 2007||5.5 out of 10||55|
|1UP!||NES||Nov 21, 2008||52 out of 100||52|
|HonestGamers||NES||Apr 21, 2013||5 out of 10||50|
|The Video Game Critic||NES||Aug 03, 2008||C-||42|
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Aug 25, 2008
Wonder Boy similaritiesAlthough the games are indeed identical, Adventure Island is not exactly a "blatant rip-off" of Wonder Boy. The original arcade Wonder Boy game was developed by a company called Escape, who later became known as Westone. Hudson optioned the rights from Escape for a NES port of the game, but SEGA still owned the Wonder Boy title, forcing Hudson to come up with a new title for the NES version, hence Adventure Island. In that version, Wonder Boy was replaced by Master Higgins, who was patterned after then-Hudson Soft executive and public figure Toshiyuki Takahashi (also known as Takahashi Meijin).
Related Web Sites
- Video review of NES accessories (WARNING: Laguage) -- The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews some NES accessories and some associated games, including the Roll & Rocker and Adventure Island on NES.