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Amazing Island is a video game developed by Hitmaker/Ancient and published by Sega for the Nintendo GameCube. In it you play as a boy or a girl and are whisked off to Amazing Island after reading a book. Upon your arrival, the place is covered in a fog and under the rule of the Black Evil.

You're supposed to save the island and its residents or the world of Amazing Island will fade into nothingness. Using the power of imagination, you create a monster to participate in obstacle courses to recover the lost orbs and become strong enough to defeat the Black Evil.

The game comprises two features, a rather open-ended monster creator/editor and the obstacle courses, mini-games which are required to progress in the story. Beating the minigames with certain point thresholds unlocks additional monster-raising accessories, as well as monster frames, giving you more options when creating monsters.

Tropes for the game include:

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Accessories, palettes, etc. are rewarded from playing minigames well enough.
  • Art Initiates Life: The player draws and creates their own monsters, then adds accessories to make them more powerful.
  • Battle Tops: Spin Break and its upgrades revolve around your monster trying to knock opponents out of the arena by spinning.
  • Big Bad: The Black Evil is the ultimate force of evil in the story, and is draining the island of creativity.
  • Copy Protection: Waterskip Slider is apparently unwinnable on emulators, due to forcefully capping the player around half of the maximum speed on the ramp. However, playing on an actual console has just about any monster be able to hit full speed with little difficulty and successfully complete the mini-game. Case in point. You can get around it by setting the game's speed to half speed during the ramp part, as the bar will full up as normal.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The shopkeepers appear to be normal human women wearing Maboo hats, though it's unclear whether they're meant to be female Maboo or if there are inexplicably humans living on the island.
  • Do Well, But Not Perfect: To get accessories, palettes, and voices, your score must be between 1000-1799.
  • Fragile Speedster: The Dog, Horse, Cat, and Hamster frames are all built for speed, though typically at the expense of mind and weight.
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • The only stat ever given an outright explanation is Stamina where certain games outright have a stamina gauge. And while Speed, Power, and Weight can easily be worked out, Mind's usefulness is much harder to understand. It mostly affects the Angle Meter in relevant minigames.
    • There's also absolutely no explanation on what any of the hundreds of customization items do.
  • Humans Are Special: Only they can create monsters.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Humans' imagination is the key to creating monsters and saving the island.
  • Jack of All Stats: Dinosaur, Dragon-Man, Hero, and Bunny frames are overall average, though some have outliers and the bunny is overall pretty bad.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Worm frames are heavy and have both good Power and Speed stats, but are abysmal elsewhere.
  • Monster Portraits: Just as customizable as everything else.
  • Mighty Glacier: The Macho, Giant, Evil Beast, and Evil Spirit are all powerful and heavy, but also slow. Though the Evil frames sacrifice some power for Mind.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Black Evil minions have these.
  • Player Personality Quiz: If you don't feel like creating monsters from scratch, you can take a quiz to have one made for you, with additional frames being added to the possible results the more you unlock them.
  • Scenery Porn: Well, there's a reason they gave you a first-person view.
  • Shout-Out: The "Connected Eyes" item is Sonic's signature eye design.
  • Squishy Wizard: The Tiny and Kid frames. Really high mind, poor at everything else.
  • Tennis Boss: You fight the Black Evil by bouncing an energy sphere back and forth.