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Bionicle Matoran Adventures

Bionicle Matoran Adventures
GenreAction Adventure
Developer / PublisherArgonaut Games / Electronic Arts
Media1 x cartridge_small
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Bionicle: Matoran Adventures is a platform-jumping and unlocking passageways 2D action adventure game released only on Gameboy Advance. It offers a fun character-switching feature to help players advance through each of the six levels found in the game, but gameplay is rather basic and repetitive. It's not the best action adventure game found for the GBA, nor bad either!
Bionicle Matoran AdventuresThe game takes place during the Bohrok War (please don't ask, just search via internet what is all about). In the beginning of the game, you select one Matoran from a list and play as him for the rest of the game. Only one Matoran is available from the game's outset, Kongu, and the rest of the Matoran become playable as the pieces of their masks are collected throughout the courses. You begin with Kongu, a Le-Koro native who looks like a turtle wearing a weird mask, kinda a hockey mask. He must travel through Le-Wahi to find Turaga Matau (who is basically a similar but taller creature) and defeat the Bohrok and infected Rahi he meets along the way. Each of the two characters has different skill sets. Kongu defeats enemies with a Bamboo disk on his back and jumps high, whilst Turaga can bust down walls and stand on switches but with lower jump. At certain points you need to switch between the two in order to solve a (rather simple) puzzle i.e. activating buttons for secret doors or destroying certain walls or floors in order to progress. Of course during your quest you will find several enemies and hazards such as flying insects and hazards like lava pools etc. Health can be restored, bu finding health packs (depicted as hearts) during your quest.
The game is played with the GBA's D-pad, jumping with the A button and attacking with the B button, whilst switching characters is done with the left or right Shoulder buttons. There is a total of 6 worlds to discover and at the end there is always a big boss to defeat too.
Bionicle: Matoran Adventures is basically a simple platformer in which you hit a few switches, hop a few platforms. It's not the best one found for the GBA, nor bad either!

The backgrounds are pretty detailed and so is your character and the rest of the sprites. Sprites are pretty well designed whilst animation is quite impressive and smooth. The environments are well rendered, but the game is rather flat I think and repetitive. There are even some special GFX effects such as sprite scaling, but it's far from enough to give the game an eye-candy factor.
Sound is OK but not enough to electrify you. While music works well enough, the sound effects are just plain annoying.
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GameBoy Advance

GameBoy AdvanceCPU: ARM7TDMI at 16.78MHz , Z80 co-processor at 4-8MHz for Gameboy emulation
GRAPHICS: Custom 2D GPU, 15-bit RGB palette at 240x160 pixels max resolution
SOUND: Dual 8-bit DAC for stereo sound, supports multiple wave samples processed/mixed in software by the CPU
The GameBoy Advance (default) color palette
15bit RGB 32,768-color palette (512 to 32,768 on-screen colors in "character" or bitmap mode)
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