posted by Neotenic1 (APPLE VALLEY, CA) Aug 24, 2006
Member since Jun 2006
The somewhat sequel to the much acclaimed (...ahem) Franklin the Turtle for the GBA. This venture into the life of the amphibious reptile takes you into his town and acts more like a dual RPG and side-scroller than its predecessor's "Mini-Game" fest. At first, you control Franklin as he wanders through his small, but populated, town. A small arrow to the lower right of the screen directs youngsters where to go, if they become distracted and forget. Upon arrival, you meet another character that will ask you if you can do something for them (either find another character or join them in a quest). If you decide to join, you are then transported to the "Side-scrolling" part of the game. In this portion, you have two characters to control, Franklin and the other character. The point of having a friend is that they can do things Franklin can't (climb ladders, swim, push logs, etc.) and switching between them is as easy as pressing the Right shoulder button. "A" jumps while "B" activates a special function available when the letter B flashes on screen (build bridges, activate floating leaf, etc.). The very young, under 5, may not fully understand this part or the objectives needed to complete the level. Parents of those children may need to assist them in this. Once the level is completed, a mini-game will be unlocked and can be accessed from the main menu. There are a lot of games to unlock, so if you want to get 'em all, plan on spending some "quality time" with this game! Returning to the world screen, Franklin has opportunities to spend the items gathered in his various quests on "power-ups" offered by other characters in the game. This lends a bit of the RPG to an otherwise banal portion of the game. Overall, Franklin's Great Adventures is a wonderful sequel. The graphics are nicely done and appeal to the demographic audience. The in-game music is still okay to listen to after a couple of hours into it. The learning curve is low and is quite actually fun to play!