Advance Wars is as brilliant as they come on the Game Boy Advance.
The game isn't this action-packed button-mashing thumb-buster
on the system, but Advance Wars is incredibly intense and amazingly
addictive...especially when you learn every little nuance of the
game design. Single player mode is a challenge in itself, but
when you get another player (or three) into the battlefield, that's
when you see just how versatile the game design really is. I hesitated
giving this game a perfect 10, and decided to knock a single tenth
of a point simply due to a problem in the link cable mode.
Since it's turn-based, the players who are not involved sit and
watch the player in charge making his move -- it would have been
extremely helpful to add a function to let these players check
on their troops during the move...especially when enemy forces
are moving into their territory.
In single player mode, the computer AI moves so fast that you
wouldn't have much time to check your stats anyway...but when
you're sitting idle after a turn, your mind should be working
strategically, and to not have the ability to see your troops'
status is a bit annoying. But that's really the only true complaint
I can make about the game.
Advance Wars is an absolutely brilliant design, and a title that
absolutely deserves a place in your Game Boy Advance collection.
It will be amazing to see this series continue in the states,
simply because the design is near perfect as it is. What could
they possibly do to the game to make it better?