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Avatar: The Legend of Aang (GBA)

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Genre: Action / published by: THQ

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      25.04.2009 01:37
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      "Avatar: The Legend of Aang" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2007 by THQ. It is based on the popular "Avatar" animated television series. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages. The plot of this title borrows heavily from the television series as a whole. The in-series world is split into four tribal regions which each have mastered a certain type of elemental magic including fire, water, earth and air. Despite their differences the regions have lived in peace until the fire tribe desired world domination and went to war with neighbouring regions. The player will mainly control Aang, a rare and elite "Avatar", who has mastery of all magical skills. Aang is accompanied by members of the water and earth clan and can be used as needed against the hostile fire tribe. There are a total of seven "chapters" spread out in various settings of the game and must be completed in sequence by the player. These include traveling to the various regions and driving out any fire tribesmen, dungeon exploration and eventually going to the fire region itself. Puzzles are also featured heavily in this game and must be completed by use of the player's elemental spells to unlock certain distinctions including greater health points or increased attack range. Enemy confrontations are often simple and can be dealt with quickly after a few simple strikes or spell casting. The graphics of this title are presented from a top down perspective which focuses on the player's character. It is not a particularly well detailed title but is acceptable in presentation for pleasing visuals. The colour use is also excellent and fills the display at all times with a wide palette. The audio is also of an average standard with a different musical score being played in each "chapter" and simple swishing and clanging noises during weapon use and spell casting. Overall, Avatar is an average adventure title which could appeal to fans of the animated television series. For those who are unaffected by the show they would likely find more enjoyment in other adventure titles released for the console.

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