Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Game Boy Advance
The bird's-eye perspective characteristic to all Zelda GBA games is just right for the kind of dungeon scavenging and problem solving required for The Minish Cap. There are six dungeons to explore as well as a complex home base, so your progress is relatively easy to measure. Although somewhat deterministic regarding its storyline, there are enough tangential adventures to keep the die-hard fan amused indefinitely. Add some cool new items such as a Gust Jar that literally sucks in enemies and the Roc's Cape that allows you to glide after jumping (a la Mario Brothers), and you'll agree this game works.
category: best of 2005