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Abobo's Big Adventure Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Forget that this is a Flash game on a website; Abobo's Big Adventure is a stunning accomplishment that has to be seen to be believed. With literally thousands of cameo appearances, tons of replay value and eight devilishly clever stages, this retro-fueled action game is the first masterpiece of 2012. Best of all, it's free! Rating: 92%
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Normally I don't review website-based flash games. I barely have enough time to tackle console and handheld games, let alone the never-ending flood of fan-made flash games. But when a game offers me a chance to relive my favorite 8-bit memories through the eyes of Abobo, I rip up the rules and dive in.

Abobo's Big Adventure is a loving tribute to a generation of classic games on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Its star, an oversized villain from the Double Dragon franchise, is on a quest to rescue his son (fittingly named Aboboy). The hideously ugly kid has been kidnapped by a gang made up of baddies from other 8-bit brawlers, including River City Ransom and Renegade. Needless to say, this sets our hero off on an adventure unlike anything you've played in twenty years.

Abobo's Big Adventure (PC)

Although we start in Abobo's old stomping grounds (the back alleyways of Double Dragon), the game is actually split up into eight carefully crafted 8-bit parodies. Early in the game Abobo finds himself fighting Jaws in the underwater stage from the first Super Mario Bros. He has to figure out how to conquer a phallic-shaped dungeon straight out of The Legend of Zelda. In yet another stage he'll use balloons to chase after a pro wrestler wearing a jet pack. And that's just the beginning of the crazy things that happen in Abobo's Big Adventure.

There are almost too many amazing moments for one single review. This is a game where you'll have to fight off Donkey Kong, tiny exploding Lemmings and even Little Joe (from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!). You never know who you'll see next, which is half the fun of this send-up. And it's not just enemies you fight; there are minor details all throughout the eight stages, giving Abobo's Big Adventure a surprising amount of incentive for replays.

Abobo's Big Adventure (PC)

The gameplay changes wildly from one stage to the next, offering eight truly unique experiences. The Mega Man and Zelda stages feel almost exactly like the source material, which should delight fans of these classic franchises. In one stage, Abobo picks up a gun and plays through a fairly straight-forward version of Contra's first stage. With limited lives and one-hit deaths, things look hopeless for our hero. But don't worry, because you can enter the famous Konami code to earn an additional 30 lives. That's the kind of fan service you can expect from Abobo's Big Adventure.

While playing through the game I was reminded of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the 1988 Robert Zemeckis film that brought together stars from Walt Disney and Warner Brothers' biggest cartoons. As delightful as that movie is, I can't help but wonder how the producers were able to convince these giant animated rivals to work together. This had to be the licensing nightmare of the century.
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