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Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! Review

At E3 2012 I ran into sport cars, booth babes, celebrities, cosplayers, and 2K’s blinding booth (red-lights galore), etc. It was like visual overload, my brain had a hard time processing everything. But one thing that really stood out to me was the giant Finn and Jake blow-up statue at D3 Publisher’s booth. It was tucked away in a corner, hidden from most of the show’s attendees. I’m a huge Adventure Time fan so a wide smile came across my face as soon as I stumbled across it. That blow-up statue was for Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!!. Jeez, that has to be the longest name for a video game ever. Anyway, here’s my review.

The Story – It’s a normal morning in the Land of Ooo when suddenly Finn and Jake hear something outside of their house. It’s the Ice King and he’s stealing their garbage! Now they must go on an epic quest to retrieve their garbage and kick the Ice King’s frozen booty. It’s random, just like the show.

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Title: Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!!
Genre: Action-Adventure
Developer: Way Forward
Platforms: 3DS, DS
Price: $29.99
ESRB: E-10
Release Date: 11/20/12[/toggle_box]

PRAISE:

  • Whoa! Algebraic! – Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! pays homage to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. This was an interesting choice because Zelda II is the black sheep of the Zelda franchise. There’s an overworld map, but once you enter a dungeon the game turns into a side scrolling action-adventure game. The retro vibe is a good fit for Adventure Time, though.
  • Eat My Sword, Ice King! – It wouldn’t be Adventure Time if you couldn’t kick some butt. Combat is frequent and enjoyable. It’s not incredibly deep, but you can upgrade some of your abilities and it does a good job at making you feel like you’re Finn and Jake.
  • Like, Oh My Glob! – All of the shows characters are here and the Land of Ooo is dripping with personality. This game probably has one of the coolest save points ever. Who would turn down the opportunity to chill with two water nymphs?
  • I’m a Buff Baby That Can Dance Like a Man – You can carry tons of items in your backpack. Just click on its icon on the bottom touch screen to use it. This is a great use of the bottom screen because you always know what items you’re carrying around. No need to go into a menu, just look down and click on what you need. This comes in handy for boss fights.
  • Ride Me Partner – Jake is an awesome dog, he can morph into anything, and Finn would be lost without him. But when you start the game all of Jake’s powers aren’t available. Why? Well, you would be overpowered from the start. So you have to motivate Jake, this unlocks new powers. This was a cool way to handle upgrades.
  • She’s a Radical Dame Who Likes to Play Games! – The 3D effect really makes the game pop. It makes the 2D world feel more alive. It’s just right, not too strong, so it won’t give you a headache.

AWKWARD SILENCE:

  • What’s Your Deal, Screwy?! – I found myself lost a lot. The game doesn’t do a good job at telling you where you have to go next. So you’re left to wander around the world map in hopes that you’ll enter the right dungeon.
  • I’m Hurting You Because I Love You – You have to do a lot of platforming. These sections feel iffy, Finn’s jumps are floaty so over jumping will occur on more than one occasion. The platforming system isn’t as refined as one in any Mario game or Rayman Origins.

WELL-DESERVED CRITICISMS:

  • I’m Not Cute, I’ll Mess You Up… – There’s a lot of backtracking in this game, once you go in a dungeon there’s a good chance you will have to backtrack out of it later. I hate backtracking — it feels like padding to me.
  • Bunk That! – The voice acting is a huge part of what makes Adventure Time so funny. Unfortunately this game is lacking in that department. The writing is amusing, but some of it falls flat when read. This wouldn’t happen if these lines were voiced.

CONCLUSION:

Adventure Time fans will love Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!!, but you can still have a good time even if you’ve never heard of the Land of Ooo. Most of the problems outlined in this review aren’t really problems if you think about it. Backtracking and a lack of guidance could be looked at as Way Forward sticking close to the game’s influences. Go out and buy this if you’re a fan of retro games and Pendleton Ward’s wacky tale about a boy and his dog.

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Gameplay: 8
Graphics: 8
Story: N/A
Sound: 8
Replay Value: 8
Overall: 8

Great – Many strive for greatness, and fail. Not this game, it looked greatness in the eye and lived to tell about it. We recommend purchasing it.[/toggle_box]

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