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Fans will appreciate it
on December 21, 2012
To be clear up front: I like it. It's a fine game, and it made me laugh. However, the subset of Adventure Time fans that would consider themselves to be hardcore and/or old school gamers (I'm in there somewhere myself) are likely to find the experience lacking.
- The gameplay is solid: classic sidescrolling platforming and hack-and-slash. On the most basic and fundamental levels, the game is fun to play. Tight, responsive controls, and Finn+Jake handle pretty much how you'd expect them to. Sword slashes or noodle-armed punches are how you will take down the vast majority of enemies, and there are a few special moves to unlock (movement-oriented, combat-oriented, or both) to spice things up later in the game.
- There are plenty of different recovery and attack items in the game pulled directly from the show, from Tree Trunks' Apple Pies to the Everything Burrito to the Vorpal Hand to the Enchiridion itself (good luck finding it on your own though). These are all accessed easily from the touch screen when needed.
- The writing feels like a true episode of Adventure Time. Ridiculous and/or dumb things happen, and the characters take it in stride or just add to the ridiculousness. Plenty of characters (including those as regular as Marceline and those as uncommon as Hot Dog Princess) make appearances, and for the most part they behave as you'd expect them to - most lines I had no problem imagining being spoken in the respective character's voice. Would have liked more voice acting, on that note - and the ability to replay the existing voice clips from Sound Test - but that's okay.
- The sound and music are pretty true to the show as well, with multiple songs in the game having lyrics (Title screen song, couple of boss songs...secret screen song). The voices are all done by the proper voice actors from the show, as well.
- It's short. Like...really short. 2-4 hours depending on player skill and obsessiveness on finding everything (but I got 100% my first time through the game without even thinking about it, and probably spent about 4 hours on it).
- It's easy. If you are good at platformers at all, this game will be no problem to you. There is a higher-difficulty New Game + mode after you've beaten it once, but the only thing it does to be more difficult is double the HP of all enemies.
- It's a bit dull. It may be in the game's favor, actually, that it is as short as it is. By the time I was done with it, I was already getting a little bored with the gameplay, even though I said the gameplay is decently fun. There's just nothing groundbreaking here, and it ends up feeling like a game I've played before.
In short, it is a nice piece of fanservice that true fans of the show should appreciate, but this is not the Adventure Time game we've (or at least I've) been waiting for. I don't regret buying it, but I can't deny wishing it was more than it is.