2 thoughts on “Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! WiiU

  1. 12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Fun… and full of lots of voice acting goodness…, December 3, 2013
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    …but you’re not really getting full value with this title.

    An overhead brawler game of the likes of gauntlet and such, EtDBIDK is a cute entry into the Adventure Time universe but doesn’t seem worth the initial $40 price tag.

    Set in the Secret Royal Dungeon, EtDBIDK follow Finn, Jake, and quite a few of their friends and acquaintances (including Marceline and Lumpy Space Princess) as they enter its depths at Princess Bubblegum’s request to figure out why all the prisoners she keeps locked up down there are escaping. As they go deeper and deeper they find stronger enemies, more powerups, and free additional friends and allies who will either join them on their quest or help them equip themselves up top.

    As a basic game, EtDBIDK is definitely lacking… multiplayer isn’t required, but very helpful as each character has their strengths and varying attack types. I wouldn’t want to enter a dungeon without at least one tank type (Cinnamon Bun) and one flyer type (LSP or Marceline). There are also limitations on leveling your character thanks to PB’s weird tax rule which takes all unspent treasure every time you come back to the surface. If you don’t use it, you lose it, which basically means it’s pointless to grind the early levels to build up your stats, forcing your deeper and deeper into the dungeon for bigger stacks of gold.

    In addition, there’s also not much variation thus far in the game (I’m only up to dungeon level 20 of 100). Yes, every level is randomized every single time you enter the dungeon, but all that really does is shift walls around, add impossible to get to treaures and chests (if you don’t have spare keys or a flyer), and expand the map a bit into another section of randomized tiles. That’s all well and good, but… so far… IT ALL LOOKS THE SAME. I’m really hoping the tile sets change at some point, but I’m not really holding my breath.

    There are a decent amount of good things, though… a lot of the voice cast has shown up including all of the regulars. There are some notable absences, though, as Clancy Brown hasn’t returned to voice the Demon Cat of Approximate Knowledge. Still, Niki Yang voices both Lady Rainicorn and BMO and she’s pretty much all I need. This is especially true for the Wii-U version which has BMO giving tips and asides on the main controller’s touch screen. Mmph, that’s half the draw of the game right there!

    Overall, though, the gameplay and mechanics aren’t catchy enough to support a purchase in their own right… making the voice acting and IP pretty much the only draw. I’ll definitely keep playing to reach the end of the dungeon (and unlock all of the extra characters like Ice King and Lemondrop), but I can’t justify recommending this as a purchase until it comes down in price… say from its initial offering of $40 to something more in line with its actual value… closer to $15 or $20.

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  2. 9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Disappointing for Adventure Time fans, December 16, 2013
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    This review is from: Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! WiiU (Video Game)
    My kids and I played it for a little while, but we all got tired of it fast. I feel bad for those who don’t have anyone to share this burden of a game with. True Adventure Time fans will be disappointed and I do not recommend paying full price for this title. While there is some humor and kitten launchers, this game still fails to draw my attention Because I DON’T KNOW!

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