Jackie Chan Adventures
Reviewed by Dogg
Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand from
Torus Games and Activision is simply one of the best
beat em' up side scrollers on the GameBoy Advance.
This game follows the WB11 television series and has
a common link to Jackie Chan's "other" game for the
Playstation. Currently there's been kinda of weak
beat em' ups, but Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of
the Dark Hand makes a strong exception.
In the game you play Jackie Chan, famous martial arts
expert and world renowned actor, and you must
retrieve 12 scrolls from the Evil Dark Hand. The game
basically follows this small story. So you start a
level then you beat up the enemies and fight a boss
at the end. The bosses appear hard at first, but they
all got a weak spot. Many of the enemies from the TV
show will most likely make an appearance including
your allies like that old wise guy and Jade, who is
Jackie Chan's niece and all around helper in the TV show.
The game has beautiful graphics surpassing those of
the other beat em'up "Final Fight One." The
graphics are a real strong point to the game since
they make them look like the cartoon in many ways.
The sound is also good too, but like many beat em'
ups before it it could have been better, way better.
But still you could live with it. The enemy AI is
good too. In the earlier levels enemies are a breeze
to beat, but later you will see who you are messing
with as they will start blocking your moves. Speaking
of moves Jackie Chan has got some good moves and many
of his trademarked moves are in this game. However to
get his better moves such as the flurry punch
maneuver, the tacle maneuver, and the scissors kick
move you got to get the scrolls to enable you to do
so. You can even use weapons in the game. For example
you will probably see a whip or a cannon ball or even
a stick lying around you can pick it up and use it
against your enemies or you can throw it against
them. Pretty cool huh not what you expect from this
game. Overall if you're looking for a good beat em'up
experience and an all around good game you should buy
this game. You will make a perfect odd couple.
Overall: 8 out of 10