Airing for the first time nearly 4 years ago, Adventure Time has become a critical success spawning numerous types of merchandise from Plush toys to Comic Books & More. Who would’ve thought that the story of a Human Boy & A Magical dog in a post apocalyptic land would be such a huge success. Still Adventure Time has spawned a huge following and 2 video games but does the 2nd game: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know play well.
The game starts with Princess Bubblegum finding out that seven prisoners have escaped their cells in the large secret royal dungeon under the land of Ooo (even though the prison is supposed to be impossible to escape from.) Knowing this she enlists the help of Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Marceline the Vampire Queen & Cinnamon Bun to explore the dungeon because “I Don’t Know”. As they venture into the secret dungeon, the gang come across numerous enemies aswell as familiar faces and a long hidden secret will be unveiled.
The gameplay is that of a generic dungeon crawler which sees you controlling the characters through 100 floors of enemies to collect numerous power-ups and collectable tokens which help by giving you additional health or making you stronger. The game also takes on a very retro look with the game feeling like a cross between Pokemon Mystery Dungeon & A 16 Bit Arcade Game. The upgrade system in the game is quite cool aswell with you being able to give the treasure you earn in the dungeons to different characters from the series to upgrade your strength, health & defense among other things.
The game gives you four playable characters to choose from; Finn, Jake, Marceline & Cinnamon Bun but as you progress through the game, you can unlock even more characters such as the Ice King & Lumpy Space Princess to name a few and of course with the appearances of all these iconic characters to the series comes the iconic voices behind the characters including John DiMaggio as Jake, Tom Kenny as Ice King & Hynden Walch as Princess Bubblegum. The game also has a wide variety of problems in my opinion which I will get onto next.
The game has a few problems which I will get into detail now. First & foremost, When I first got my hands on the game, I got so many floors into the dungeon only for the game to freeze which to be fair you don’t expect encountering this in a finished game although to be fair to the developers & publisher, they have released an update which has fixed this problem. The next thing I found kind of annoying is that like Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, the gameplay gets repetitive extremely quickly and ultimately makes the game feel like a chore to complete. The final problem I had was with the dialogue actually in game; While the cutscenes were not so bad, the dialogue spoken when picking up health or treasure in the dungeon became grating and annoying. I can’t properly determine whether or not the game isn’t faithful to the tv series as I haven’t seen many episodes but from what I can see, it is just as silly as the show.
Overall, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know is not the greatest game in history especially not based on a TV Show and while the gameplay can sometimes get repetitive and boring and the in game dialogue can be quite annoying, the game also has its moments with witty humor and in some cases the gameplay can be quite refreshing if played in short intervals but in ways I think Adventure Time could do with a better video game adaptation and if I may use this review to express a personal thought, Maybe the next adventure time game should combine gameplay elements from Skyrim & The Simpsons Game. Either way, Make it a third person title.
My Score – 5/10
- The Retro Feel
- Familiar Characters from the TV Series
- Excellent Voice Cast
- Fun way to upgrade your character
- Collectable Exploration
- Retro-ish soundtrack
- Freezing Problems after so many levels (Although Resolved)
- In Game Dialogue becomes annoying
- Repetitive Gameplay
- Generic Enemies such as Skeletons considering the rich world of Adventure TIme
Review by Matthew McNamee