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Fun platformer marred by short length, repetition, and lack of voice acting,
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This review is from: Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!! - Nintendo 3DS (Video Game)
Adventure Time 3DS is a pretty good platformer that stays true to the TV show it's based on, but its short length, lack of voice acting, and repetitive design keeps it from being a great experience.
I managed to beat the game in just over four hours, and while the game itself was plenty fun much of those four hours were spent redoing the same levels over and over again. This is a necessary component of the game - as between levels you're exploring an overworld map, and the actual platforming elements take place when you enter locations on that map. The gameplay is actually very similar to Zelda 2 in that regard, except it's much more fun. Instead of having discrete levels, NPCs in various towns ask you to track down items for them - the entire game is basically a series of fetch quests. Going back to the same areas over and over again requires you to replay these levels, which only serves to pad the time on an already extremely short game. Sometimes it's not clear where to go to get the next item - for example, one character asks you to fetch an item in a "forest" northeast of the Candy Kingdom, but the actual location is represented by some dungeon stairs going down. Kids who either can't read or have poor reading skills would be very frustrated by this game, but with a parent nearby this might actually be a worthwhile way to get them to care about reading.
The dialogue is top-notch and reads like a script from the show. The characters all speak as though they were ripped right out of an episode of Adventure Time, and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the exchanges. The problem is that there is no real voice acting - what little VA there is sounds like it was taken from existing recordings, simply various character's grunts, laughs, and catchphrases. Considering how short the game, it's absolutely baffling that they didn't decide to include full voice acting for this game. I'd have increased this review one star for that alone!
Honestly, I don't think I would recommend this game at all if not for the fact that it's a good representation of Adventure Time. I think for diehard fans of the series this is a good way to kill a couple hours, but otherwise the game itself is pretty mediocre.