There was no way that Adventure Time, a show so wildly popular, wouldn’t get its own video game. Luckily, WayForward stepped up to the task and made, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!! What sort of surprises await in the Land of Ooo? ADVENTURE, THAT’S WHAT!
Adventure Time always had a way with video games. I mean, their cutest character is a Gameboy, after all. You know what else Adventure Time has a pretty good way with? Going on Adventures and what other game to emulate that than with The Legend of Zelda?
Specifically Zelda II, which I haven’t played but people disliked apparently. By that I mean the game mixes a 2D side-scrolling action game with some platforming while traversing a top-down over world to get to your destination. Hell, Finn even cribs two of Link’s moves. Along the way there are enemy icons you trigger by walking into which will send you to a sidescrolling battleground. You know, the usual RPG stuff. Speaking of the usual RPG stuff, there are stats to boost and new skills to unlock which will allow you to get to areas you weren’t able to before. A lot of this is standard issue here, but it’s the attention to detail that makes the whole thing worth it.
There’s a special brand of humor in Adventure Time. At once nonsensical and deceptively smart, there’s a reason why the show has proved popular with all age groups. The writing here is top-notch and wouldn’t seem out of place from a regular episode of the show. Sometimes there is an issue in which game tie-ins boil down the characters to simply what makes them popular and there is a lost in translation. Well, either way, Wayforward is a studio that knows how to handle their licenses and have made a game instantly acceptable for all gamers, fun enough for kids but surprisingly difficult aimed at grown gamers. Oh, did I mention how funny it was?
The story follows the Ice King as he steals Jake and Finn’s garbage. What he does with the garbage is…disturbing. Regardless, it is up to our adventurers to teach the Ice King not to steal other people’s garbage. The jokes come in fast and hard and I guarantee there will be one very hearty laugh. “Weaponized Ursa Major” stands out which I won’t spoil here.
Two special mentions here:
First, the boss fights are some of the most entertaining I’ve played in quite some time. Each boss fight is varied and challenging in their own way (well most of them) and they are definitely the stand out moments of the game.
The second thing I want to mention is just how amazing the soundtrack is. Adventure Time has been known to be very musical and the man of a million talents Jake Kaufman swings another homerun with the soundtrack. From the opening title song to the end is a non-stop wave of sonic goodness. One track in particular doesn’t sound out of place in Ghost in the Shell while the music accompanying a certain vampire queen is as amazing as it should be. I earnestly hope Mr. Kaufman releases the soundtrack because it is one I would very much like to own.
In the end it comes down to how much you love the show and how much you love good adventure games. Obviously the fans will enjoy this game much more than a casual viewer like me, but gamers will find a lot to love here. Essentially one-upping Nintendo on Zelda II, Wayforward proves itself able to make a game for gamers and an Adventure Time game for AT fans.
[+Great writing][+One hell of an adventure][+Amazing soundtrack][+No seriously, one of the best audio experience I’ve had][+Great boss fights][+Party God (You’ll see)] [-Little To No Replay Value]