Adventure Time is just one of those magical children shows that transcends the childish demographic it is targeted at and creates something that any age can truly enjoy. WayForward Technologies has the difficult task of bringing the same bizarre humor and lovable characters onto a gaming platform, a challenge that many animated shows have failed at.
First of all I want to disclose that I’m a fan of the show, and I’m assuming you are as well or the title would not interest you. The game relies heavily on preconceived knowledge of the characters, it does introduce them but to truly understand the bonds between each character it would be best if you watch the series. It also helps if you know their personalities because the game did a fantastic job at recreating them. The game was designed to mirror the show’s bright color pallet and oddly drawn characters. What the game is lacking in graphics, it makes up for in charm.
[quote_right]No one level was a simple walkthrough, and none became to difficult that I couldn’t keep moving forward. Boss battles are featured in the game and these were by far the hardest moments.[/quote_right]Players assume the role of Finn the Human, who is accompanied by his loyal companion Jake. Just as the title states, the Ice King has been quietly hoarding garbage from the Land of Ooo. Knowing that he must be up to something malevolent, the duo sets out on a quest to discover his (surely) evil plan.
The game follows the pattern of many Nintendo games that came before it, an overhead world map will introduce you to side-scrolling levels. Finn the Human is the muscle of the game, with Scarlet in hand (it’s a sword), Finn relies on Jake’s ability to alter his shape to form miscellaneous tools and objects that will allow players to progress (think A Boy and his Blob without Jellybeans). Playing through the levels I felt that Wayforward achieved a very nice balance in the game’s overall challenges and character upgrades. No one level was a simple walkthrough, and none became to difficult that I couldn’t keep moving forward. Boss battles are featured in the game and these were by far the hardest moments. Though they should be from a design perspective. Each one was exciting and unique and defeating the bosses actually felt like an accomplishment. Getting to the bosses was not as fun.
Although you are on a quest already, soon you will be bogged down in mini-quests to reach the final-boss of an area. These were not the most inspired gameplay moments. Many times you will have to revisit areas that you were just in, fighting monsters as you turn errand boy. I’m not a fan of any game’s decision to make you revisit areas just to do quests. The game does offer a lot of smooth gameplay and trekking through levels isn’t monotonous or game-ruining, but I think it’s poor design in general for any game to do it.
[quote_left]The Land of Ooo, Jake and Flynn as well as every supporting character in the game really came to life as I was playing[/quote_left]The game does share the same terrific writing that you would find on the show. The dialogue and script play out just as an episode would. Each character has been careful constructed to resemble their on-screen counterparts and that made the game extremely fun to play. The Land of Ooo, Jake and Flynn as well as every supporting character in the game really came to life as I was playing. This made the game feel like a special interaction with show and its characters. Since I already enjoyed the show, I think that is best accomplishment that a game of this nature can obtain.
What the game did well was invoke the same humor, lore and design that is featured in the popular series that it was based on. If you are a fan of the series then I truly feel that you will have a blast with this title. If you are not a fan of the series, then this game might come off as a bit stale and uninspired. Gameplay as a whole doesn’t have any glaring flaws, but it doesn’t have anything truly innovate either. Since the game resembles the series in so many ways it’s a safe assumption that if you enjoy watching Adventure Time, then you will love playing Adventure Time.