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Overview

Inspector Gadget: Advance Mission is a platformer developed by Magic Pockets and published by Light & Shadow Productions for the Game Boy Advance platform.

Gameplay

Inspector Gadget: Advance Mission is a traditional platforming game in which the player is tasked with moving from the left of the screen to the right without getting a game over in between. In Inspector Gadget: Advance Mission there are three different characters that can be selected at any time, each with their own unique abilities to help finish a level.

Controls

  • D-Pad Left/Right - Moving the D-Pad to the left or right will move the character in that direction.
  • D-Pad Up - Moving the D-Pad up will make the character look up, or will climb onto an object if hanging from the edge.
  • D-Pad Down - Moving the D-Pad down will make the character crouch, if combined with the jump button as Inspector Gadget it is needed in performing a super jump.
  • A Button - The A Button is used to make all three characters jump, in the case of Brain if pressed twice a double jump will be performed.
  • B Button - The B Button is used to perform an attack.
  • L Button - The L Button will allow the player to switch characters on the fly.
  • R Button - The R Button is used to perform a characters special ability.
  • Start Button - The Start Button is used to pause the game.

Game Modes

While there is only a story mode and a multiplayer mode, when starting up Inspector Gadget: Advance Mission there are five different available options to the player:

  • New Game - New Game starts the story mode of the game from the beginning.
  • Tutorial - The tutorial gives a slideshow with text explanations on the various mechanics of the game.
  • Game Link - The game link allows up to four players connect using link cables.
  • Password - The password option is to allow the player to continue a previously played game.
  • Options - The options menu contains 3 options, sound on or off, music on or off, and an option to view the credits.

Characters

There are three different characters that can be switched to on the fly during gameplay:

Inspector Gadget

Gadget

Inspector Gadget is taller than the other two characters and has two different special abilities.

  • While in the air if up on the D-Pad is held a small umbrella will pop out of his hat, allowing him to float much slower than regular falling.
  • Gadgets R Button special ability is to drop a stick of dynamite (only if the player has any in his inventory).

Penny

Penny

Penny will always grab on to a ledge and also has two special abilities that can be used:

  • Penny is the only character in the game that can swim underwater, both of the other characters will just float at the top.
  • Pennys L button special ability is to take over control of any robots within a close proximity. Once control is taken if the L Button is pressed again the robot will explode.

Brain

Brain

Brain, like the other two characters also has two abilities the other characters do not:

  • Brain is the only character in the game that can perform a double jump by pressing the A Button twice.
  • Using Brains L Button move will allow Brain to put on a penguin suit. Putting on the penguin suit allows Brain to move past enemies unnoticed, but can only be used again after a cooldown period. Brain can also not jump while wearing the suit.

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