Curmudgeon Gamer
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06 January 2006
GBA TRON 2.0 as TRON Arcade
As noted last week, TRON 2.0: Killer App for GBA has simulations (or are they emulations?) of the original TRON and Discs of TRON. I slipped Bezos a tenner just so I could try out the arcade games, and got my goods today.

The arcade games are accessible immediately: no unlocking required. The gameplay seems accurate and mostly enjoyable. It's definitely better for me on a GameBoy Player, with the larger screen and GameCube controller. The simulation of TRON seems pretty spot-on; I've never played Discs of TRON until tonight.

I'd definitely have liked these games better on a system with an analog control to handle what was handled by a paddle on the original machines. I find the GameCube's shoulder buttons feel better than the GBA's buttons. The worst parts, by far, are the graphics. The blue-on-black text and line graphics aren't suited to the GBA screen, and only do modestly better on a TV screen. It's also unfortunate that the original's tall screen has been squished onto the GBA's wide screen. Fortunately, this doesn't hinder gameplay.

I'll go ahead and recommend it.
--Matt Matthews at 18:34
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