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Abobo's Big Adventure
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Hello Time Wasters!

Abobo’s Big Adventure is possibly the most anticipated Indie game of the year. So now that it’s finally here what is there to say about it? Well first of all "Big" doesn’t quite cover it all. Gigantic or massive might, though. Then again we can’t forget to add in a few more adjectives like stupendous and breathtaking.

I know, I know. I’m going a bit overboard here but that’s what Abobo is all about. Over the top action in what is sure to be known as the best parody game to ever exist. "What exactly is Abobo parodying though?" Well how about all the best titles to ever grace the Nintendo Entertainment System?

Abobo had his moments during the Double Dragon games but never got the chance to really take the spotlight until now. His son Aboboy (an all new character for this game) has been kidnapped and now Abobo will tear apart the 8-bit world to save his kid.

The gameplay of Abobo isn’t exactly something that can be pinned down to one type of game. We start off with the basic Double Dragon gameplay but soon jump into the other worlds of our favorite NES titles like Mega Man, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. and many more!

One thing is for certain though, Abobo handles these different game styles perfectly. Each game plays just as we’ve come to know them but always have that extra Abobo flair hanging about. Each world gives Abobo a new Rage attack holding to the Abobo style. These attacks are always filled with 8-bit glory.

Following in the footsteps of Abobo’s gameplay are the graphics. Each of the worlds carefully emulates the game they are modeled after and Abobo gains a new sprite for every world. Not only does the game do this right but then it adds even more. Like swimming through the Mario water world and touching the pink seaweed only to get a shocking experience that reminded me just how annoyed I was at the Damn level in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Abobo really brings down the house when it comes to audio. The game has plenty to offer for those looking to tap into nostalgia.

Not only is the game filled with 8-bit love but it also has some nifty extra features. Maybe the keyboard just isn’t cutting it for you. Instead click a small link found in game and you’ll be guided through a tutorial of how to hook up an NES controller and enjoy the game the way it was meant to be played! Sure, this option requires a little bit of cash on your part but when it comes down to getting the "Ultimate" NES experience out of this game it’s worth it.

Abobo really lays it on hard by giving retro gamers exactly what they’ve been looking for, a game that feels familiar enough to cause nostalgia but at the same time is completely new. Massive Kudos goes to the Abobo Team on making a truly magnificent tribute to one of the greatest eras of gaming. I can’t wait to see what they do next!

Abobo’s Big Adventure bashes my face in with 5 overly muscular GiN Gems out of 5!

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