With the great releasing of Robotech: Battlecry for the main consoles, another developer has brought us a GameBoy Advance game to us. A 2D Side-Scroller shooter which takes place during the whole Macross Saga, as it is labeled. Transformable Veritechs in all three modes: Fighter, Guardian, and Battloid. Choose to play Rick Hunter, Roy Fokker, Ben Dixon, Max Sterling, or Miriya in the beginning. Once you have beated the game, a hidden character will be unlocked. There are at least 6 hidden characters and at the moment, we have no clue who they are. Guest appearances of other Macross Saga characters will be seen throughout the game including Captain Gloval.
Players will get to pilot most of the Veritech models shown in the Macross Saga as well as pilot one of the 4 Destroids in two levels. As with Battlecry, the GBA Game decides to use the Japanese Macross names for the Destroids instead of the original licensed Destroid names created for Robotech. Also, the game refers that the Robotech Factory is the remaining one, this is not true either.
Robotech: The Macross Saga GBA Game contains 10 levels based on the whole Macross Saga episodes. The first 9 levels are based on different episodes throughout the saga in time order using the episode names. Level 10 is the final battle against Khyron's Cruiser. The game might be a side-scroller, but its not an easy one. It will take multiple times to fight through the Zentraedi swarms of the whole game. There are power-ups throughout each level. One power-up calls in two QF-3000E Ghost Fighters to fight aside you for a short period of time. Other power-ups give you health or better weapons to use. At the end of each mission, you will gain experience points that can be used to enhance your character in your different stats. There is also a boss at the end of each level as well. The BGM is music from the Robotech series as well.
Every part of the Robotech game supports multiplayer. You can fight in Versus mode or alongside them in Story Mode. Versus mode contains three different multiplayer games: Robo Match, Team Robo Match, and Robo Tag. The first two options are shooting games where the player or team attempt to earn a set score. Robo Tag goal is to Collect the Minmei Doll and the longer you hold it, the more points you get. These multiplayer games allow you to choice from RDF and Zentraedi forces and intermix them. Link Cable and Game (for each player) is needed for multiplaying.
This GBA game is packaged with Toynami's VF-1A Max Type figurine that was never released in their collection. Unlike other Toynami figurines, this one doesn't have a stand.
Robotech: The Macross Saga GBA game is exactly what every Robotech fan would want unless they dislike side-scrollers. Finally, after 17 years, we get to play through the episodes of the Robotech series! Too bad Battlecry wasn't more like that.
About "Robotech: The Macross Saga" for GBA (written by TDK Mediactive):
As the last line of defense in an epic intergalactic war, the player must pilot the Veritech, the transformable fighter that combines the aerial grace of F-14 Tomcats and the firepower of an armored division. A side scrolling, action shooter, Robotech for the Game Boy Advance, pits the player against an invading alien race-the Zentraedi.
Features for Robotech include the following:
· Side scrolling shooter with forced perspective gameplay
· Chance to play as five characters from the Robotech series: Rick Hunter, Roy Fokker, Ben Dixon, Maximillian Sterling, or Miriya
· Two player and four player competitive link compatible
· Transformable Veritech fighters capable of three different modes: fighter, guardian, and battloid
· Dogfights in various environments: in the air, on the ground, in space, and inside giant Zentraedi spaceships
· Ability to upgrade and purchase weapons by using credits earned on missions