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Drill Dozer

Platform : Game Boy Advance
Rated: Everyone
4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Metascore: 81 / 100

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  • Use the Drill Dozer to plow through everything in your path and make your way through the game.
  • Explore every inch of the world in search of hidden gears that will make your Drill Dozer even more powerful.
  • Rumble pack will give it a true drilling sensation.
  • Jump across chasms, bore through blocks, and latch onto lifts to reach secret treasures.
  • Battle big bosses with drill on drill action.
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Drill Dozer gives you the chance to break some skulls! An evil crime syndicate has stolen a red diamond that belonged to your deceased mother. Now it's up to you and your fellow thieves to penetrate their hideout and take it back. With the help of your trusty Breakall Drillbot you'll plow through just about anything in your path.Format: GBA Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE UPC: 045496736897 Manufacturer No: AGB P V49E

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  • ASIN: B000CNESH6
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 5 x 0.8 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 6, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,771 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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THE GOOD: Rock solid gameplay; incredibly creative gameplay mechanic offers something new, yet very accessible; catchy music; rumble feature adds intensity

THE BAD: At only 6 areas, it's short; upgrade system isn't all too rewarding during the main mission; catchy music can get repetitive.


Drill Dozer is just what the 2D platforming genre needs, something to wake it up. Not only are you platforming through puzzles that'll not only test your quick fingers but fast eye, but the new drill mechanic and breakable solids add a tremendous amount of variety and downright FUN that anyone just looking for a game that'll keep them enthralled for a little while will get exactly what they're looking for.

The story is simple, you control a girl who's part of a trio of theives. You stole a valuable red diamond but it was stolen by another gang of theives, therefore throughout the game you need to explore areas, destroy their bosses, and test your gaming skills to get to the end and get all you diamonds back.

The drill feature is one where the left shoulder button rotates your drill left, and right to the right. You start off in one gear but are able to find 2 more that can intensify your drilling and make it last longer. All gears are placed very properly throughout levels so it never makes the game TOO hard, but the gradual challenge in figuring out how to use your moves like dashing, drilling, or jumping off a drill, etc will definitely give your brain that excersize it needs. Sometimes the levels will split into 2 paths, but it's always good to explore all because chances are there's goodies on the other side.
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Game Freak, best known for their Pokemon franchise, created a Game Boy Advance gem known as Drill Dozer last February. It went largely unnoticed in the sea of new Nintendo DS titles, which is unfortunate, because Drill Dozer delivered a fun action-platform experience that relied on one move: drilling.

The Skuller gang stole the Red Diamond from the real gang of thieves, the Red Dozers. Jill and her Red Dozer comrades have to find a way to steal back the Red Diamond, but they discover there are more diamonds to be found. So what is a gang of thieves to do? Steal more diamonds! Using the Red Dozers' trusty Drill Dozer, you'll spin Jill through twelve stages on a fun adventure to track down five different diamonds.

If it wasn't already obvious, the Drill Dozer is really the star of the show and the focal point of the gameplay. As a side-scrolling action-platform game, Drill Dozer has simple hop-and-bop gameplay without the drilling factor-but using the L and R buttons on the GBA allows you to spin the Drill Dozer's drill to the left or right. You can bore the drill into all sorts of things, like walls, crates, environmental objects and set pieces, and even enemies-needless to say, you'll be holding down L or R a lot in this adventure. The gameplay is made deeper by multiple "gears" that can be found in each level. When you find your second gear (the first is always installed into the Drill Dozer), you can shift up and increase the speed and power of the drill, though the drill still needs to recover after a few moments of spinning. The third gear is the strongest gear and keeps your drill spinning quickly indefinitely. Unfortunately, at the end of each level, the Drill Dozer's gears have to be removed, so each new level you'll start with that simple first gear.
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With the list of new (and good) games for the GBA dwindling down more and more, it's nice to see an original, inventive, and most of all fun, platformer making it's way onto Nintendo's classic, beloved portable. Drill Dozer features simplistic graphics and gameplay at first glance, but it's so darn addictive and easy to pick up and play, along with it's charming art style, that you can't help but love it. You play as a girl looking to avenge your father by piloting a mechanical drill and taking on some baddies, upgrading your drill, and solving a few puzzles. The drill upgrades make your drill more powerful so you can go through thicker walls and barriers, and there's lifts and blocks you need to drill into to advance around the area. As an added bonus, the GBA cartridge has a rumble feature built inside which works exquisitely well and adds to the gameplay, which in itself is a nice touch (I haven't seen a rumble feature since Perfect Dark for the GameBoy Color). The only real downside of Drill Dozer is that it's too short, way too short, and may be too easy for long time platform players. Despite that though, Drill Dozer is a worthy addition to your GBA library, and even if you have a DS you should give this a look.
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This is the first new game from Game Freak in years. Most people probably know them as the creators of this other little franchise, POKEMON. Drill Dozer is an absolute gameplay delight, and the art and story are really charming.

The basic hook of the game is its heavy use of the L & R buttons. R turns your drill on, and L turns the drill on backwards. The kicker though, is they use the drill for EVERYTHING. Fly through threaded tunnels, kick backwards out of blocks, hang from platforms, open doors, fight bad guys, fly and swim with a propeller attachment, and smash through walls, desks, chairs, lamps, blocks, crates, ceilings, floors, cars...

Every couple levels they throw something brand new at you, and there is decent replay value in upgrading your drill bit to access secret areas, as well as collecting chips to spend in the store.

Next to Ouendan/Elite Beat Agents this is the must play GBA game of 2006 no matter what age you are!
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