Double Dragon Advance

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a game by Atlus
Genre: Fighting Games
Platform: GBA
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 5 votes
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See also: Double Dragon Games, Beat 'em-Up
Double Dragon Advance
Double Dragon Advance
Double Dragon Advance
Double Dragon Advance

Double Dragon Advance is a fantastic retro beat ‘em up game originally released way back in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. If you’re keen to take a trip down memory lane, be sure to check this game out as it’s incredibly nostalgic and just as fun to play now as it was to play almost 20 years ago.

Retro beat ‘em up gameplay

Double Dragon Advance is based on the original 1987 arcade game Double Dragon and features many of the same simple gameplay elements, including spammable attack buttons and basic movements keys. The controls aren't super intricate like you see with many modern games, but that really doesn't matter because it's the simplicity of it all that makes the game so satisfying to play. Spamming attacks and taking on hordes of enemies in this game is just as fun to me as performing intricate combos in other more complex games, and I’m sure many people out there agree.

A story spanning multiple stages

Double Dragon Advance’s main mode is called Dragon Game, where you take control of brothers Jimmy and Billy Lee as they fight enemies across a variety of stages in an attempt to save Billy’s girlfriend. Though the story is relatively short and can be completed in under an hour, it’s still a lot of fun and has a lot of replayability, so don’t let its length put you off.

There are a few different environments ranging from caverns to fortresses and in each of them, you'll come across new enemies to take on. One level even sees you fighting on the roof of a moving truck, which I think is pretty awesome and innovative for an old Game Boy Advance game.

The various levels have different weapons available, too, which you’ll come across as you defeat enemies and progress. Battle-axes and nunchakus are two examples, and they’ll prove useful in defeating enemies more quickly than if you were just using your bare hands.

Other game modes

When you download Double Dragon Advance and play it for the first time, you’ll notice that there are a few other game modes listed alongside the standard singleplayer one. These are outlined below:

  • 1P Double Dragon Game – This game mode allows you to take control of two characters as one player, switching between them as you please.

  • 2P Dragon Game – This game mode allows you to play with another player simultaneously, where you each control one character.

  • Survival Game – This game mode is separate from the story and lets you test your combat skills as you attempt to survive as long as you can against oncoming enemies.

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Double Dragon Advance does the Double Dragon series proud by building upon the success of its predecessors and including new features alongside old ones. If you've played any more modern beat 'em up games like Streets of Rage 4 and are looking for something more retro in style, then you should definitely try this one out.

Pros:

  • Simple controls that are easy to get the hang of
  • Retro graphics and soundtrack that are incredibly nostalgic
  • Story mode and survival mode both have a lot of replayability

Cons:

  • The story mode is quite short, so don’t expect a super long gameplay experience
  • It would be cool to see more game modes offered

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GBA

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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