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Ganba no Bōken: The Puzzle Action is an arcade style action game similar to Capcom's classic coin-up game Pirate Ship Higemaru. The game is based on the 1975 anime TV series directed by Osamu Dezaki.

The player (or players if two people are playing) get to pick one of the mice from the Anime to control out of the seven available. The game itself is played from a top down perspective where the player tries to eliminate enemies by picking up items from the ground and using them as projectiles to dispose of foes. The items either break on impact or can be used an infinite amount of times. The player can rack up bonus points if they hit enemies and items in a row, causing a chain reaction of destruction. There are also hidden bonus items to be found under the weapon items. There are three ways that levels need to be beaten, and the player will be informed before the start which of the three applies to the upcoming stage. One is disposing a set number of enemies within the time limit. The second is to gather a set amount of hidden bonus items before the timer hits zero. The third is defeating a boss creature (on the last level of each section).

If the player were to lose a life, he/she gets to pick a new mouse from the roster of seven. The mouse which got defeated won't be available to the player until the next section of the game. Losing all the mice means the game is over.

Aside from the story the game also has a gallery, where the player can view unlocked artwork as they progress through the game.


Ganba no Bōken: The Puzzle Action PlayStation Stage cleared! Not a lot of stuff left to throw at the cats, so it was a close call.
Ganba no Bōken: The Puzzle Action PlayStation Some story from the intro.
Ganba no Bōken: The Puzzle Action PlayStation The swamp is full of angry bats. Kill them with rocks!
Ganba no Bōken: The Puzzle Action PlayStation In the beach levels the main enemies are seagulls.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Simple Characters 2000 Vol. 16: Ganba no Bōken: The Puzzle Action" -- Alternative title
  • "SIMPLEキャラクター2000シリーズVol.16 ガンバの冒険 THE パズルアクション" -- Japanese spelling

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Parf (7785) added Ganba no Bōken: The Puzzle Action (PlayStation) on Jan 29, 2013