Published on August 2nd, 2013 | by idnthav10
Review: Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!!
Developer(s): WayForward Technologies
Publisher: D3 Publisher
System: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Release Date(s): November 20, 2012 (North America) Retail, December 13, 2012 Nintendo eShop
Adventure Time is a great TV show with a diverse cast of characters, crazy funny writing, and silly antics. But does the game adaptation live up to the hype that the show does? Continue reading to find out!
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!! is a mouth full, but a title somewhat fitting for the series. The game begins with Finn and his pal Jake realizing that the Ice King is a complete jerk that stole their garbage (perfect). Of course, the dynamic duo decide to investigate his suspicious actions traveling between 5 main areas in the land of Ooo, helping various characters from the show along the way.
The gameplay has been constantly compared to Zelda II, which it is very similar to. You travel from location to location in a top-down overworld, and turns into a 2D side-scrolling platformer when you enter an area. Finn carries his trusty sword for some close combat, and Jake can be used for farther reaching booty-knocking attacks. In the overworld, Jake has 4 unlockable abilities, each one needed to proceed to the next area and closer to foil the Ice King’s plan (if you play the game you’ll find out it’s got to do with garbage :P). The game is entirely a fetch quest: talk to one person, get this item, and then go back to the person to turn in the item. But the game itself is not very long to begin with.
The leveling system makes you search the land for stars that will either increase Finn’s health, speed or strength. You will basically find most of them the first time through. Enemies consist of rocks, worms, fairies, and more, which can be easily avoided, almost unneeded. There are power-ups available from defeating enemies that will either speed Finn up, make him jump higher or, in the overworld, avoid enemy encounters, etc. All of these power-ups, and also health items to help stay alive, can be carried in your backpack. The game does lack replayability since the story can pretty much be experienced with one playthrough. The game does hold back on telling you where to go which is okay with me. It does not hold your hand all the way through like most modern games because you eventually figure it out what to do. On the other hand, it does become tedious with slow travel speed. Bosses are actually really easy to defeat, with no real challenge except from the final boss which, in case you didn’t know, spoiler, is the Ice King.
The game will appeal to any fan of the show with time to kill or someone who enjoys an old-style of gameplay. With the price tag of $20, it is not a bad deal, again for those in the two categories mentioned. To show an idea to the game’s length, it can be completed in a range of 4-5 hours.
Overall, the game is a time killer with some of my favorite characters making a game with high expectations that was fun at times and falls a bit short. Hopefully the next game, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know!, will fix/adapt different gameplay.
Final Score: 3.5 out of 5
Check out a trailer for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage below!