Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc (GBA)
Arcade 15 February 2003
The third installment in the series of adventures of the eponymous friendly hero. Released for PC Windows and consoles, the game is an action platformer. Rayman and his friends, Globox and Murfy, have to face the army of Hoodlums. As you play, you explore new, colorful locations, from beautiful, magical places to ruined areas inhabited by hostile creatures. Visually, the game looks better than the second installment — the textures and animations have been improved. The Game Boy Advance release, however, is a 2D platform game utilizing a side view perspective. In this edition, you need to find a cure for Globox, who accidentally swallowed the evil Dark Lum Lord. It is also worth noting that the production is among the visually best ones for Nintendo handhelds.
Spider-Man 2: The Game (GBA)
Arcade 28 June 2004
The second entry in the series of third-person perspective action games about Spider-Man. The plot of the game is based on the movie under the same title. The player assumes the role of Peter Parker, a boy who gained spider superpowers during an accident in a laboratory. His main antagonist is Otto Octavius (in the criminal underworld known as Doctor Octopus), a scientist equipped with mechanical arms controlled by his brainwaves. Depending on the platform, the game has completely different mechanics and was developed by different studios. The main console version offers a fully three-dimensional open world with advanced physics and takes place in a faithfully recreated virtual version of Manhattan. Other versions have simplified mechanics that use features of side-scrolling action games and platform games.
Naruto: Ninja Council (GBA)
Arcade 07 March 2006
A game released for Game Boy Advance, developed by Tomy, based on the wildly popular manga and anime series Naruto. The game tells the story of two young ninja students: Naruto Uzumaki and his rival, Sasuke Uchiha, who compete with each other to prove which one of them is a better warrior. The game also features a third playable character: the boys' teacher, Kakashi. In contrast to Clash of Ninja, released for Game Cube, Naruto: Ninja Council is a so-called walking-fighting game with platform elements. Your task is to move towards one side of the screen, jumping over various obstacles, and, first and foremost, eliminating enemies and bosses. Apart from standard attack, which include punches, kicks and shuriken throws, you can also use special abilities. The game's style and atmosphere resemble that of the original manga and anime series.