Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (GBA)
Action 15 November 2001
The first adventure game based on the best-selling novel written by J.K. Rowling about a young wizard – Harry Potter. The main protagonist is trying to unleash his magical potential in Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA)
Action 06 May 2003
Another entry in a classic platform series from Konami and a third part of the trilogy developed with Game Boy Advance console users in mind. The main hero of Castelvania: Aria of Sorrow is Soma Cruz, who loses consciousness during the first eclipse of the 21st century and wakes up in a mysterious Medieval castle. It turns out that the eclipse had a lot to do with dark forces, and the solitary protagonist has to find a way out of the fortress, while dealing with legions of various enemies. In terms of game mechanics, the title doesn’t differ much from previous productions from the Castlevania series, combining arcade slasher with RPG features. During the game, our hero can use different types of weapons, attacks and spells gained as we progress through the game. Enemies we face are greatly varied and require equally varied tactics.
Max Payne (GBA)
Action 18 December 2003
Max Payne is a third-person perspective action game developed by the Finnish studio Remedy Entertainment. The protagonist is an undercover DEA agent whose task is to locate the source of Valkyr - a deadly new drug. Personally, Max is also seeking revenge against the murderers of his family. He falls victim to a conspiracy and gets accused of killing his supervisor. The creators were inspired by the crime stories from the 1940s and 1950s, Pulp novels, and the movie, The Matrix. The gameplay focuses on very dynamic sequences of spectacular shootings. An innovative gameplay mechanism is the bullet-time effect which allows the player to slow down the passage of time for a short while in order to perform quick movements, such as jumps or dodges.
Doom (1993) (GBA)
Action 28 October 2001
A first-person shooter set in a science fiction realm, created by id Software studio, previously known mainly for the arcade series Commander Keen and the groundbreaking Wolfenstein 3D. Action of Doom takes place in the near future, and players play the part of a cosmic Marine who, for insubordination, is sent to UAC corporation's secret research facility on Mars. When, in the fallout of an interdimensional gate experiment, the base gets overrun by bloodthirsty monsters from outer space, we have to provide reconnaissance and, of course, eliminate all potential threat. In each of nearly 30 levels of the game the player's task is to find an exit, the keys to open it, and to eliminate all encountered monsters using a wide arsenal of both classic and futuristic weapons. The game features a large dose of brutality, claustrophobic atmosphere, and three-dimensional graphic design.
Dragon Ball Z: Advanced Adventure (GBA)
Action 17 June 2005
An action game created by Dimps Corporation, based on a cult-classic manga by Akira Toriyama. The players are presented with an opportunity to experience childhood adventures of Goku – the main hero of the series. The game consists of fifteen diversified levels, allowing the players to relive the greatest adventures of the young hero, meeting characters known from the series, including Bulma and Piccolo. The gameplay in Dragon Ball Z: Advanced Adventure is presented as a side-scroller, and consists of exploration of the environment, jumping between platforms, solving simple environmental puzzles, and combat with encountered enemies. While standard opponents do not stand a chance, boss encounters that await at the end of every level require using advanced battle techniques of our hero (including the trademark “Kamehameha” generated from his Ki) and employing special tactics. The game is complemented by colorful visuals, inspired by the craft of Japanese mangakas.
Spider-Man 3: The Game (GBA)
Action 04 May 2007
An action adventure game based on the third Spider-Man movie directed by Sam Raimi. The action is set in the city of New York, recreated with great attention to details. We assume the role of the eponymous superhero, who has to undertake a myriad of various quests. However, the story does not impose any specific path on us, letting us decide the mission order on our own. Spider-Man 3: The Game focuses primarily on combat, where we can perform spectacular strikes with arms and legs as well as use the spider web. Hordes of minor enemies as well as ten famous villains known from the Marvel comic books will stand in our way. An interesting novelty is the fact that in the game we control not only the classic Spider-Man, but also his dark incarnation that came to life as a result of merging with a mysterious space symbiont.
Dragon Ball GT: Transformation (GBA)
A 2D action game by Webfoot, based on the Dragon Ball GT TV series, supervised by the author of the original series, Akira Toriyama. The game focuses on Goku, a legendary warrior, who was turned into a child by Emperor Pilaf. Goku's task is to find the seven Dragon Balls, scattered across seven planets of the Solar System. The game consists of 12 varied stages, which in turn consist mostly of fighting enemies. In each battle, you can use a team of three characters, such as Vegeta or Pan. Each character uses different abilities and attacks, and gets bonus ones after transforming into a “superwarrior.” Apart from the story mode and the similar to it Standard Mode, Dragon ball GT also includes the following modes: Endurance, Boss Endurance, Robot Swarm and Piccolo. They allow you to play together with another player. The colorful visuals have been inspired by the TV series.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (GBA)
Action 26 June 2007
Published by Electronic Arts, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a game based on the fifth movie following the adventures of a young wizard. Similarly to all the previous installments, the game is available on multiple platforms and follows the formula developed by the previous Harry Potter games – players get at their disposal an action adventure game, in which they observe the action from the third person perspective.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (GBA)
Action 14 November 2002
The second installment of the video game series following the adventures of Harry Potter based on the books written by J.K. Rowling. Young wizard, who is about to start his second year at Hogwarts, is bound to encounter new challenges.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (GBA)
Action 05 June 2003
A third-person stealth action game by Ubisoft Montreal, inspired by the works of the famous Tom Clancy and the NetForce novel series. We assume the role of Sam Fisher, a federal agent and an operative of a secret unit within NSA (National Security Agency). The protagonist's task is to perform missions given to him by the agency, usually involving elimination of incredibly dangerous enemies, destroying documents, or infiltrating secret installations. Contrary to such series as Rainbow Six or Ghost Recon, where the emphasis is put on teamwork and commanding a unit, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell focuses on controlling one character, making it more of a stealth game. There is no shortage of open confrontation opportunities in the title, though. In such scenarios, we can choose from 13 available weapons and other useful gadgets.