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'Daxter' at Amazon
"Stick with the game long enough to find every precursor orb and get gold on all the mini-games."
'Dead Head Fred' at Amazon
"If you like games with a story, "Dead Head Fred" is a good pick — plus head-swapping is just fun."
Gurumin - A Monstrous Adventure at Amazon
"Technically, it's categorized as action RPG, but it's not out of place on an action-adventure game list."
'Death Jr.' at Amazon
"Cool visuals and a morbid sense of humor endear "Death Jr." to many gamers."
'Tomb Raider Legend' at Amazon
"Tomb Raider Legend" makes the Tomb Raider franchise fabulous again."
'Lego Indiana Jones - The Original Adventures' at Amazon
"All the Lego games are worth playing, but if you have a soft spot for Indiana Jones, then this one is not to be missed."
'Secret Agent Clank' at Amazon
"Clank is the break-out star of this adventure game, which features a large variety of mini-games and side missions."
Ratchet & Clank - Size Matters at Amazon
"Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters" is only small in the sense that it fits on a PSP."
This handheld-sized installment in the "Jak and Daxter" series features the eponymous smaller half of the team and packs in just as much fun as its PS2 siblings. Play as Daxter and climb walls, creep up on enemies, and squeeze in small places. Stick with the game long enough to find every precursor orb and get gold on all the mini-games.
Very exciting, fast-paced game play.
Feels like a full-console game even on a handheld.
Mission- and objective-based goals.
Mini-games are all similar and predictable.
Takes time to get accustomed to the controls.
Large areas to explore require a lot of backtracking.
Camera angles can be awkward at times.
This game won an award for its original story, so if you like games with a story, "Dead Head Fred" is a good pick — plus head-swapping is just fun. Twisted humor accompanies violence as you switch among the nine collectible heads on the fly to explore new ways to advance in the game.
Very funny, entertaining game.
Fast-paced game play.
Large game with plenty to explore and do.
Difficulty level is fairly high starting from the first level.
Minigames and side missions are predictable.
Fighting mechanics are mediocre.
Manual camera controls can be difficult to use.
For some, it is hard to overlook that the hero of "Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure" is a cute little girl. Hopefully, this doesn't dissuade too many players, because it's a fantastic game. Technically, it's categorized as action RPG, but it's not out of place on an action-adventure game list.
Cute, expressive characters.
Excellent sound, music, and voice acting.
Great action with exciting mini-games.
Customizable play with multiple endings possible.
Includes a lot of backtracking to deliver items.
Frequent load screens that slow down play.
Objects can obstruct camera angles.
Some of the plot is very predictable.
Cool visuals and a morbid sense of humor endear "Death Jr." to many gamers. Your weapons include dual pistols, a flamethrower, a lightning gun, and exploding C4 hamsters. All the characters in this game are beautifully rendered.
Funny game play.
Combined platformer and third-person shooter.
Plenty of ammo to pick up throughout the game.
Decent graphics, with detailed characters.
Very short storyline.
Camera controls can be cumbersome while fighting.
Audio and voice acting is lacking.
Storyline isn't very engaging.
"Tomb Raider Legend" made the Tomb Raider franchise fabulous again. Lara is more realistic than ever as she travels to exotic locales, treacherous jungles, and snowy mountain ranges. Explore ancient realms for clues to Lara's past.
Faced-paced action game filled with fun adventure.
Very engaging storyline.
Unlimited ammo for your weapons.
Offers two-player gameplay.
Controls are difficult to get used to.
Camera is clumsy to manage.
Fairly short game you can finish in under eight hours.
Limited camera controls can increase difficulty.
All the Lego games are worth playing, but if you have a soft spot for Indiana Jones, then "Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures" is not to be missed. Who wouldn't like using Indy's signature whip as a multipurpose tool? The game includes more than 60 playable characters, and you can mix and match Lego parts to make additional characters.
Diverse obstacles with challenging puzzles.
Chock-full of bonus items to find.
Challenging, unintelligent AI engine.
Might be too violent for younger kids.
Clank is the break-out star of this adventure game. Ride with Clank as he drives state-of-the-art spy vehicles that include snowboards, speedboats, and sports cars, or play as Ratchet or Captain Qwark to find out who framed the innocent Lombax.
Very funny action game.
Large collection of weapons and gadgets to use.
Controls are an improvement over previous games.
Large variety of mini-games and side missions.
Controls feel limited on the PSP.
Camera angles can feel awkward at times.
Not much new from previous games.
This PS2 duo made it big on the really small screen. "Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters" is only small in the sense that it fits on a PSP. Otherwise, it's just as good as the other games in the series. Up to four players can play at once, so if you're into multiplayer games, this one's a keeper for you.
Designed well for PSP controls.
Intuitive game play.
Unique weaponry available.
Strong and interesting storyline.
Occasional odd camera angles and audio glitches.
Game can lag slightly with lots of action going on.