Adventure Island 3 is a side-scrolling platform game published by Hudson Soft that was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. It is the third game in the Adventure Island released for the NES, following Adventure Island II. A portable version was also released for the Game Boy in 1993 titled Adventure Island II: Aliens in Paradise, which was retitled in the West because the previous
Hudson’s Adventure Island III (NES version)
Adventure Island game had its number left out from its Game Boy port.
Master Higgins' girlfriend Tina (erroneously called 'Jeannie Jungle' in English materials) is kidnapped, this time by a mysterious flying saucer.
With the help of his prehistoric pals, Higgins must again travel through eight different islands and go after the aliens keeping Tina hostage.
The rules of the game are not very different from those of the previous game, Adventure Island II. This time, Higgins can now crouch, an ability he did not have in the previous NES games. However, he loses the ability to backtrack during a stage. Unlike the previous game, the boss does not move to a different stage when the player loses a life.
The inventory system from the second NES game is still present, but this time he has eight items to choose from instead of just five. Higgins now has a fifth dinosaur friend who can help him out: a triceratops (summoned by a star card) that can defeat enemies with his rolling attack. The other new items include a boomerang weapon that can be used as an alternative from Higgins' traditional stone axe weapon, and a crystal that provides Higgins with temporary invincibility when he begins a stage.
There are now different variety hidden rooms as well, such as a treasure rooms where Higgins can choose a new power-up, a surfing bonus round, a room containing a crystal (with an option to continue the level or skip it), and a room with the option of skipping a boss (which will also skip the stage) or not.
The Game Boy version features a password system, as well as an interactive overall map that allows the player to revisit previously completed stages to find new paths.
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The NES version of Hudson’s Adventure Island III was originally controlled via the NES controller with a cross-shaped joypad and two action buttons. The basic description of game controls is summarized in the table below. Detailed description of how to play this game can be found a in the attached game manual. Please note that individual
gamepad buttons are emulated by different keys on your PC keyboard depending on the settings of your online emulator (see the table next to the game).
Use D-pad to move Master Higgins or dinosaurs across each stage. Press left or right to make Higgins run in either direction. While on the skateboard, press right to speed up, or press left to slow down. Press up to allow Master Higgins to jump higher. Press down to duck.
Press A to make Master Higgins (or Taylor, or Magma, or Poley) jump in the air. When in water, use the A button to make Master Higgins (or Classie) swim. By pressing A button Don-Don can fly.
Hold the B button down to make Higgins run faster than usual or to perform super jump (in combination with A). Press the B button to throw the weapon or to use a special attacks.
Press to start a new game. Press in the middle of a game to pause the action.
This version of Hudson’s Adventure Island III was designed for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which was an eight-bit video game console manufactured
by Nintendo in the years 1983 - 2003. In that time, it was the best-selling video game console for which more than 700 licensed games and a number of non-licensed
games were created. Worldwide, approximately 62 million units of this console were sold at approximately price $ 100 per unit. More information about the
NES console can be found here.
Recommended Game Controllers:
You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB gamepad that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a gamepad, buy a suitable USB controller on Amazon or AliExpress or in some of your favorite online stores.
Available online emulators:
6 different online emulators are available for Hudson’s Adventure Island III. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game Hudson’s Adventure Island III are summarized in the following table:
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