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PAX13 – Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! Hands-On Preview

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Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW, the insanely long titled game from publisher D3, is a crazy-fun take on the well traversed dungeon crawler genre and I absolutely love it. As a fan of the show, AT:EDBIDK was on my list of games I wanted to get my hands on. By the time I had finished the first floor in my hands-on demo I found myself enjoying the game for more than the Adventure Time aspect. This game is fun, plain and simple


Explore The Dungeon starts off in the Candy Kingdom, but we didn’t spend much time there. The Candy Kingdom acts as a hub to manage loot, upgrades, and other aspects of the game that take place outside the actual dungeon. Heading away from there prompted us to select our characters and to decide on a dungeon. Each character has his or her advantages (or disadvantages in some cases). After some deliberation, I opted to play as Lumpy Space Princess. The next asked us to select power-ups from a list of tokens, but as we were just starting the game and tokens are found as dungeon loot we didn’t have any to really choose from.

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The dungeon the demo dropped me into was a pretty standard cave, complete with skeletons and strategically placed pits to nowhere. It was here that I discovered Lumpy Space Princess’s special ability: floating. Both LSP and the vampire Marceline are able to fly over gaps in situations where other characters would just fall to their deaths. I was suddenly very happy with my character choice; accidental death from falling has often been my downfall in games. Also it meant I was able to float straight to loot instead of running around the dungeon, searching for a way across a gap. Each floor has one simple goal: find the stairs. Scattered between the entrance and that fabled staircase is hidden treasure and various enemies to guard it. Each character has a standard attack and a power attack, with some characters also having a special ability. Players encounter a boss every 10 floors, but my demo only lasted for 2 so I unfortunately didn’t get to experience this first hand.

Fans of the show can look forward to seeing an all new adventure, with story work fitting right into the animated series. Even if you’ve never watched Adventure Time, the game presents a solid addition to a genre that’s been around pretty much forever. Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW is landing on pretty much every system (PC, PS3, 360, WiiU, and 3DS), but the 3DS version won’t be multiplayer enabled.

 

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