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Metal Slug Advance - Game Boy Advance (2004)

American GBA Cover

On the surface, Metal Slug Advance seems to emulate its arcade brethren perfectly - the graphics look spectacular, it plays almost exactly the same, and the sound is practically identical. But once you play, it begins to feel a bit off. The animation has been cut back severely, to the point where it's worse than the PlayStation ports. Enemies only have one dying animation and don't bleed at all, not even white sweat. The levels are about as pedestrian as a Metal Slug can possibly get, and all of the graphics and bosses, save the two new characters, have simply been imported from other games in the series. The whole package almost makes Metal Slug 4 look good.

Metal Slug Advance

Unlike the NGPC games, there are only five missions, and most of them are strictly linear. In order to add some depth, there are tons of cards to be found, either hidden in out of the way areas or found by rescuing hostages. Some of these are merely for collection purposes, but many provide power-ups, such as upgraded weapons. The problem is, in order to actually keep a card, you need to beat the stage without dying, which is insanely obnoxious. Much like the other portable games, you get a life meter, and only one life. Continue points are generous, but the difficulty isn't exactly balanced in any way that makes sense. Since getting hit won't replenish your grenade supply, boss battles often drag on, made worse by the general lack of weapon power-ups. The small screen makes for lots of cheap hits, especially with the respawning enemies. In the end, it feels immensely sloppy. Back before the Metal Slug Anthology for the PSP, this was a decent deal to get near-authentic Metal Slug on the go, but it really is just a mere patchwork with little redeeming value.

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Mobile Phone Games

There are numerous Metal Slug games released for mobile phone platforms. The first release, dubbed Metal Slug Mobile, is just a scaled back version of the first Neo Geo Pocket Color game with less levels. Metal Slug STG has a graphical style closer to the Neo Geo games, but still has pretty lame backgrounds. Metal Slug Mobile Impact seems to have been made for non-Japanese audiences, and looks similar to the arcade games.

There are a number of more interesting releases. Metal Slug Gaiden: Allen's Battle Chronicles puts you in the shoes of Sgt. Allen for the first time. This version is known as Metal Slug Mobile 3 outside of Japan. Metal Slug Survivors (or Metal Slug Mobile 4) and Metal Slug Soldiers let you play as Leona from The King of Fighters, and a new guy named Robert. Metal Slug Fighters introduces yet another new character, Natalie, and also lets you play as Ralf. Metal Slug Warriors has still another new character named Alisa Steward, a mechanic who can open up her parachute by jumping twice in midair. Metal Slug: Mars Panic lets you play as one of the friendly aliens, barreling through enemy territory. These are some amusing concepts, and it'd be great to see them implemented in one of the real games, but the slow pacing, terrible controls, and dull level designs really drag these down.

There has also been various Metal Slug games released for smart devices for iOS and Android, such as Metal Slug Touch and Metal Slug Defense (a tower defense game!)

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