Treasure Adventure Game is an excellent retro platform adventure influenced by classics such as Super Mario Brothers, with a hint of Zelda thrown in for good measure.
One of the great things about 80s platform games was the feeling of exploration, mystery and adventure. Treasure Adventure Game does a great job of recreating this with its unusual world, storyline and freedom. The game begins with your character traveling to find ancient artifacts with your father. Something happens, and what follows is a journey to find out what and why!
Treasure Adventure Game is really easy to play, with simple and obvious controls, and the retro graphics are accompanied by a great little soundtrack. The world of islands you explore have a day/night cycle and even occasionally weather, which really gives Treasure Adventure Game a lot of atmosphere.
While the characters in the game help you, and give you direction in the game, it can sometimes be difficult to work out what you should do or where you should go. It's very important to read and remember what characters say, otherwise you might get completely lost. Treasure Adventure Game moves forward by completion of quests you are given, and there's a surprising amount of freedom, and lots of secrets to find.
Like Cave Story, Treasure Adventure Game recaptures the magic of 8-bit gaming perfectly. It's hard to put your finger on what it is exactly that makes it compelling, but it draws you in to it's world, and you'll want to get to the end!