New Adventure Time Game Looks Great, But I'm Still Worried

What time is it? If you said, "Comic-Con", you'd be technically correct, but also missing my reference entirely. Good job, reference misser. The convention's firing news on all cylinders, though, including a new Adventure Time game that wears its Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past influences on its sleeve.

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom will be out this fall on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Nintendo 3DS. Like the Zeldas of yore, it appears to be a top-down action-adventure/dungeon-spelunking affair. Hack and slash baddies, explore mysterious lands and temples, find keys, collect hearts, get new items -- all those sorts of things. The twist is that you control both Finn and Jake rather than a single character.

Despite that, there are some definite superficial similarities to previous Adventure Time game, Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I Don't Know here, and that one... wasn't very good. At all. The title was disappointingly fitting, given that it was attached to a pointless slog through a boring dungeon. "I don't know" indeed.

If nothing else, Nameless Kingdom at least looks a lot more open, which is a very good thing. There's also a new developer (albeit one that's largely worked on licensed games) doing the honours.

I still worry, though, that the huge video game potential of Adventure Time's endlessly imaginative setting is just going to end up squandered here. There's so much that could be done with this world beyond a simple, predictable tie-in game. Imagine something with the scope and freedom of, say, Skyrim.

Adventure Time creator Pen Ward is a big-time gamer too (he's even making a non-Adventure-Time game of his own with Double Fine), so it's almost strange that Adventure Time games have traditionally been about as appealing as Cinnamon Bun dung.

If this one's anything like the last couple, it stands a good chance of at least being competent, not broken or anything like that. That's something. But competent isn't great, and great is what Adventure Time deserves. Here's hoping Nameless Kingdom is the game to finally strike gold.


Comments

    Hmm, Double Fine? Maybe he should have a quiet word in their ear, I am sure they could put together a pretty sweet Adventure Time game.

    Would be tops blooby.

    Nup, they've already made me not want to buy adventure time games.

    It quite surprising how bad the Adventure Time games have been given the creators love of video games (he was a big part of Double Fines last Amnesia Week).

    I would have given it a 'satisfactory' grade as an android game, but then was shocked to see this is for x360 & PS3 (and that other thing).
    wow... hope it's not more than $30, and I'm talking Australian currency.

    Given the nature of 'Adventure Times' creators/publishers etc all that really matters is they sell right!? Cheap lack-lustre products with the hopeful outcome of maximum monetary return! I mean, to make a good game would cost them 'too much' money ;)

    What am I going to do with my PSVita.............it's been under my desk for 1 year.
    yes....1 year.........
    Yes.............1...............Year..............
    I took it out to update it's software...........put it back into it's case.
    and...................
    1 Year...............................

    I'd love to see the Telltale guys take on an Adventure Time game. Adventure Time as an isometric RPG seems obvious, but as a point and click adventure game with a few RPG elements it could be awesome. You can tell a strong story, but add some branching elements, dice rolling, and multiple endings. Anybody else want to see some choose your own Adventure Time books?

    As long as it isnt being made by WayForward like explore the dungeon was. WayForward is swiftly becoming the "LJN" of this generation and it's grossing me out.

    This looks like a massive recycle of assets from Explore the Dungeon, looks like it has the same enemies and probably the same game mechanics mostly. After wasting money on the last one, won't be buying this one.

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