A Cartoon Show Full Of Video Game References

What if instead of playing through fetch quests, time travel missions, and volcanic mountain ascents, you could just watch them? Guess what? Bravest Warriors is the non-interactive video game you never knew you wanted.

Premiering on Frederator Studios'Cartoon Hangover channel in November 2012, Bravest Warriors takes the old school gaming nods from Adventure Time and turns them into full episodes, complete with bosses like Great Plains Wildebeest, world saving missions like Ultra WankerShim, and endless running segments like in Cereal Master. It's been out for a good while now, but since my stint at Kotaku is brief, I thought I'd fill you in now.

If Bravest Warriors sounds mega-absurdist, that's because it comes from Pendleton Ward, Adventure Time creator, and his studio. Set in 3085, four teenagers travel around universes and times to rescue alien species from alien problems. Take, for instance, the two butt-beings that have to fall in love or doom a civilisation for an era. I mean, come on.

The spirit of the show is rooted in gaming from the premise all the way to the little details in its execution. Take, for instance, the plucky chiptune soundtrack. Or, if you like, observe the wonderful world of "kids on their own," (gasp). The Bravest Warriors are living the video game dream.

Let me give you a sense of just how deeply this show pulls from gaming culture.

A Cartoon Show Full of Video Game References

1. The Great Plains Wildebeest Battle feels like one part fighting game, one part fantasy game, and two parts nature documentary. That's one powerful throne.

A Cartoon Show Full of Video Game References

2. These Animal Totem Weapons would be fit for any hall of Skyrim or... well, there's that bee. I don't know, maybe it could shoot honey to cause unwanted status effects (stickiness, tasty tea).

A Cartoon Show Full of Video Game References

3. Lives in a video game are just a function of time, like in Super Time Force and here in Bravest Warriors. Usually you don't have to look at all your corpses, though, unless you're playing A Valley Without Wind.

A Cartoon Show Full of Video Game References

4. I've only ever seen a lava maze three times. First, in Runescape. Second, in a nightmare. Third, in Bravest Warriors.

A Cartoon Show Full of Video Game References

5. I can trace my history with armies of gun-toting bugs as far back as Jet Force Gemini, and as recently as Earth Defence Force 2025. Who is equipping these bugs, anyway?

A Cartoon Show Full of Video Game References

6. Hologram-covered future cities are nothing new (see: Coruscant), and cryptic future languages that look like Sumerian cuneiform have also been done. Seahorse dreams, now that takes a true Bravest Warriors moment to realise.

A Cartoon Show Full of Video Game References

7. I remember when Donkey Kong 64's team approach to multi-world objectives still blew me away. Today, MMOs have turned these kinds of quests into everyday business — the good kind.

So if you're tired of clickity-clackin' all those buttons and want to just watch something imaginative for a change, check out the Bravest Warriors playlist on the Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel.


Comments

    I found this a few weeks back, its almost as funny as Adventure time, its a little less messed up, but worth the watch if you're a pen ward fan.

    I love Bravest Warriors, I've been watching it since day 1 and soon Season 2 will rain down upon us like the dew that falls from a freshly picked butter lettuce.

    for reals though, this Cartoon is 5x better then Adventure Time and I love Adventure Time.

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