A Game Boy Advance
emulator for Windows
, written by Gollum
et al. Although earlier versions were unplayably buggy, in its current form BoycottAdvance is able to run the majority of commercial ROM
s reasonably well. Graphical glitch
es are commonplace in games that use more advanced effects, but in many cases these are only a minor inconvenience
. One exception to this is GT Advance
, which draws garbage to the screen during the race. MarioKart Advance
and Konami Krazy Racers
seem to work, however.
For all games there is a varying amount of control latency, that is usually bearable but occasionally makes a game harder or more frustrating to play (especially menu-heavy games). Saving and loading game state is also supported. Sound is excellent, significantly better than the weedy speaker built into the machine, in fact. It makes me realise I must be missing out by not using headphones to play my GBA.
Even for games that are emulated near-perfectly, BoycottAdvance is not as much fun, in my opinion, as playing on the original hardware. The graphics, while much clearer on notoriously dark games like Castlevania, generally suffer from over-saturated colours and look too blocky when blown up on a 17" monitor. The framerate occasionally craps out and the controls definitely need some work as well.
I think that Boycott's (or any working GBA emu's) primary use will be to allow people to try before they buy*, and possibly to check out games that they otherwise wouldn't have bothered with. (Remember that GBA games cost £30 or more in this country, and game rental isn't very widespread.) I look forward to future versions offering more of the machine's functionality, and a greater level of customisation. But it's no substitute for the real thing.
*bearing in mind that pirating game software is illegal, and you do so at your own risk. Always buy original copies of games you want to play.
Version tested: v.0.22bR3