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Adventure Island (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Despite sharing its name with a 1988 NES game, Hudson's Adventure Island is actually a black & white retelling of Adventure Island II. Confused naming aside, Adventure Island sees Master Higgins frolicking around tropical beaches. The game is nothing more than a basic 2D platformer, where you guide Higgins through forests, caves and other dangerous locations. Rating: 30%
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What Is It? Despite sharing its name with a 1988 NES game, Hudson's Adventure Island is actually a black & white retelling of Adventure Island II. Confused naming aside, Adventure Island sees Master Higgins frolicking around tropical beaches. The game is nothing more than a basic 2D platformer, where you guide Higgins through forests, caves and other dangerous locations. From time to time you'll pick up skateboards or ride a dinosaur, all while throwing wooden hammers at rocks and animals. Fans of series will be delighted by how faithful this Game Boy port is to the original.

Does It Still Hold Up? The graphics aren't as good and the sound is downright annoying, but this is definitely an Adventure Island game. The pace is quick and the levels are short, making this a solid portable experience. Sadly, the animation is extremely stiff and the controls feel off when compared to the NES original. This is a middle of the road platformer.

Is It Worth The Money? Hudson's Adventure Island on the Game Boy delivers exactly what it advertises. The game features a lot of diverse levels and even a few surprises. Still, I would rather play the original NES game to this black & white port. The price is right, but there are many better platformers already available on the 3DS Virtual Console.
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