follows the plot of the book turned movie and centers on Eragon, a young farm boy who discovers a dragon egg and learns of his destiny to revive a long-destroyed order known as the Dragon Riders. Although you play as Eragon for most of the game, other characters, including Brom, Arya and Murtagh, will join your party.
Unlike other versions of Eragon, the GBA version is an old school, turn-based RPG. As you travel through the story, youíll face random encounters, equip characters, build statsÖ standard stuff. In addition to the main quest, you can take on side quests, which add a couple of hours to an already long game. However, mission objectives arenít very memorable and it is really easy to forget what you are supposed to do next. By now, quest logs should be standard in RPGs.
Enemies come at you in two different ways. When on the world map, youíll face random encounters, while in location maps you can see enemies. I preferred the latter, if only because it offers the option of running if you donít feel like fighting. However, enemies will still chase you down, so it is rare that you are actually able to escape. Most of the time it is better to fight, that way you wonít run the risk of leading a string of enemies and fighting three consecutive battles. Battles can be fled at any time without consequence, though this should only be done in emergencies since youíll need every experience point you can get.
During combat, characters can attempt to dodge or block attacks by pressing either the A or B button right when they are being hit. Although it doesnít work all of the time, it is worth trying to avoid attacks.
Eragonís ability system is unique. Called Focus, the system allows you to set specialties for characters, which is basically a big stat boost on a particular skill. Other than Eragon, most characters are limited in which skills they can focus on. Focus skills impact what a player can do. A character with a high Herb skill can create potions while one with high Magic learns spells faster. Some, like Hunting, grant the ability to access new areas or discover new items.
As a reward for smart character creation, you can unlock special bonus skills such as regeneration.