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Review: Adventure Time Puzzle Quest

Jul 27 // Chris Carter
Adventure Time Puzzle Quest (Android, iOS [reviewed])Developer: WayForward, Cartoon NetworkPublisher: D3 Go!Released: July 23, 2015MSRP: Free (with microtransactions) If you've never played a Puzzle Quest game before, the concept is fairly easy to grasp -- it's a match-three. All you have to do is switch tiles to create matches of at least three of a certain color, and you'll do a certain amount of damage to enemy forces, which you'll do battle with in an RPG-like format. That's basically it, as the series is a bit more active than a lot of other puzzlers in the same subgenre. Except with Adventure Time, a few extra cogs have been thrown into the machine to spice things up a bit. Enemy mice tiles will slowly make their way to the top of the screen, worms will periodically lower your health if they aren't dealt with, and other tiles may explode after a certain amount of time. It's up to you to manage offense and defense, alongside of your party abilities (such as Jake's taunt) to clear out your foes as quickly as possible. On paper, it actually sounds pretty cool. You'll start with Finn and Jake on a fun little adventure to rescue Ice King's drumset, and go from there to other quest-givers like Princess Bubblegum and Flame Princess. The animations for attacks are neat, especially Jake, who transforms into giant boots and jackhammers to smite baddies. But as time goes on, you'll start to understand more of how the freemium nature of the game spills into every facet of the experience, which significantly sours things. For one, combat is painfully slow. Even on the fifth mission of the game, damage starts to become woefully low, both on your side and with the enemy forces. There were times were I was doing 5% damage to one enemy with a multi-combo attack, and sometimes it takes up to 10 seconds for the matches and your attack animation to play. These aren't epic boss fights with villains like Hunson Abadeer or the Earl of Lemongrab either -- they're mere skirmishes with rats. This all plays into the in-app purchase (IAP) scheme. Multiple confusing currencies can be used to heal or revive characters (a soft energy system), buy them equipment, and buy temporary "recruits." Almost everything ties into IAP, to the point where after only an hour the game tempts you to constantly replenish your party and buy new items to make battles go faster. It's just too much, and even though there is a tournament mode that hosts different daily events, it all feels like a slog. If you've never played the series before and the concept sounds interesting, just go with the original game (which has hit multiple platforms at this point), the legion of other match-threes that spawned after it, or the superior Marvel Puzzle Quest, which is a much more respectable mobile rendition. Cartoon Network really needs to re-evaluate the developers it chooses for the Adventure Time license, because this series deserves better, and has performed poorly for far too long. [This review is based on a retail build of the free-to-play game.]
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Vengeance for Orgalorg
I have a love-hate relationship with Adventure Time. In recent years, there hasn't been much in the way of consistent character development or advancement of the core plot, outside of a select few instances per season. Yet, I...

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Adventure Time

Adventure Time Puzzle Quest releasing on mobile this summer


Match three in the Land of Ooo
May 19
// Darren Nakamura
Adventure Time Puzzle Quest. That really says all it needs to about what to expect. It's going to be the addictive match-three puzzling that we have been doing for years, with the familiar faces of Jake the dog and Finn the h...
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LittleBigPlanet

Adventure Time content coming to LittleBigPlanet 3


The fun will never end with Sackboy and Friends
Apr 29
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey adventure lovers, are you looking for more content to shove into your copy of LittleBigPlanet 3? Fancy dressing Sackboy up as Finn, Jake, Fionna or the Ice King? Well, Sony is probably able to help you out there. There's...
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Adventure Time

Adventure Time goes 3D in Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations


For pretty much every platform
Apr 21
// Chris Carter
[Update: check out the new video showing off some early footage.] Oh hey, another Adventure Time game. Wait a minute, this one isn't a 2D homage by WayForward or a weird free-to-play mobile game? It's a legit 3D adventu...

Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory

Mar 04 // Jonathan Holmes
If you're not in a position to look at this truly luxurious and expansive image at the moment, here are a few words from Tomm about the timeline: "This chronology begins with the Magikoopa Kamek attacking a stork carrying the Mario Brothers, causing the events of Yoshi's Island. It splits immediately, with one timeline depicting the events that follow Yoshi's rescue of Baby Luigi, and the other charting his failure. "Similar branches follow each Yoshi title to create three separate realities based on Mario's parents: Blue Collar Hero, Action Hero, and Storied Hero -- the latter of which creates two new sub-realities surrounding the babies in Partners in Time being left in the adult world: the Babies Era, where Wario and Waluigi replace the heroes, and the Adult Era, where the babies grow up to live lives of their own. Additionally, the timeline branches after Donkey Kong and any game that involves dreaming. Finally, the Action and Storied Hero timelines merge via the resolution of Mario Galaxy, leading directly to Super Mario 3D World." Brilliant stuff, Tomm. I wonder what Miyamoto and company would think of it?
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The mighty multi-Marioverse explained
Game director Tomm Hulett has been working in the industry since he was a kid, starting with a job testing NES games. Since then he's worked on everything from Persona, Contra, Silent Hill, and Adventure T...

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Adventure Time

Last week's Adventure Time featured Porpentine's namesake


Purple slime girls are not to be trifled with
Feb 22
// Jonathan Holmes
Popular Cartoon Network show Adventure Time is no stranger to videogame references, though these references aren't always intentional. The shout out to Super Hexegon definitely wasn't an accident, but the inclusion of a tiny ...
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Adventure Time!

Here's a contest to design an Adventure Time character


For a 'soon-to-be-announced' new game
Jan 28
// Steven Hansen
If you've got drawing chops, or at least some creativity, you can see your work show up in the, "next soon-to-be-announced Adventure Time console video game" thanks to this contest from publisher Little Orbit. You have to at ...

Adventure Time Game Wizard has a pretty cool level editor

Sep 11 // Abel Girmay
So the level editor sound cool, huh? Unfortunately, the rest of the game drops the ball. Adventure Time Game Wizard is a platformer with awful controls, and a platformer with awful controls cannot carry itself very far. Out of all the different ways we've seen platformers played on a touch display, Game Wizard opts for a virtual d-pad setup. Simple commands, like switching directions, felt needlessly janky. Didn't matter whether I slid my finger over the d-pad or tapped it -- there was a noticeable pause in the time between hitting a new directional button, making the experience frustrating when going through the story mode. You can just imagine how unforgiving it can feel when playing on amateur fan-made levels. I like Adventure Time and would really dig a good game based off the show, so it hurts that this handles the way it does. Despite the rather ingenious level editor, Game Wizard is just par for the course for licensed games.
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But terrible platforming
There's a new game coming out based on everybody's favorite television show, Adventure Time! You know what that means right? Go on and grab your friends, because we're going to some very distant la---actually, you might want ...

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Adventure Time

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is a shameless Zelda-like


Third times the charm?
Jul 26
// Jonathan Holmes
Adventure Time is so inherently well suited to videogames that it almost works against it. Every fan of the series already knows what they want in an Adventure Time game. Sadly, none of the game adaptations of the serie...
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Adventure Time

Throw an Adventure Time Battle Party with this new MOBA


Hopefully, you can bash Lemongrab's skull in
May 19
// Brittany Vincent
I had no earthly idea there was an Adventure Time MOBA in the works, let alone a beta for one. Lo and behold, Adventure Time Battle Party's MOBA launches today with an open beta, so you can start your kids' MOBA addictions yo...
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Adventure Time

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom releasing this November


Slamacow, mathematical, etc.
May 08
// Brittany Vincent
Adventure Time, that delightfully trippy Adult Swim cartoon masquerading as primetime Cartoon Network material, is receiving a brand new game in the form of Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, due out Novembe...
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Adventure Time Card Wars

Adventure Time Card Wars is like Hearthstone light


And also has IAP
Feb 13
// Chris Carter
Do you remember that one episode of Adventure Time where Finn and Jake play a game called Card Wars? Well, that's a real mobile game now. It's pretty much everything you'd expect based on the rules from the show, and it ...
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Five copies up for grabs
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Octorockandroll, wrathofpink, Pawel Przeslanski, wastelanderone, and Blchalifax!] I have in my grubby little hands five copies of the Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW...

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Adventure Time

Ski Safari - Adventure Time is out today


It's literally Ski Safari with Finn and Jake
Dec 12
// Chris Carter
What do you get when you cross a super mathematical show with the mobile game Ski Safari? Well, Ski Safari Adventure Time would make sense, and that's just what is launching today on the Google Play and iTunes marketplaces. I...

The best and worst games of the week - Game of the Month

Nov 30 // Wesley Ruscher
Previous November Round-ups: Week ending 11/23Week ending 11/16Week ending 11/9  Stick It to the Man! (PlayStation 3 [reviewed], PS Vita)Developer: Zoink!Publisher: RipstoneRelease Date: November 19, 2013 (PS3), Early December (Vita)MSRP: $12.99 (with Cross-Buy) I enjoyed the ever-loving crap out of this game. From the cast of zany characters -- many of whom you may think are throwaways only for them to show up again in later levels -- to the crazy art style, level and puzzle design, and whimsically hilarious script. Everything is pitch-perfect. And while Stick It to the Man! isn't a particularly long title (it may only take you between three to five hours to complete the game's ten chapters) there's loads to observe and listen in on, and dozens of minds per level to explore, leaving you wanting more. I couldn't get enough of it. Read the full Stick It to the Man! review Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! (3DS [reviewed] PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)Developer: WayForward TechnologiesPublisher: D3 PublisherRelease Date: November 19, 2013MSRP: $29.99 (3DS), $39.99 (PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360) At some point during the development process of Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon 3DS, someone should have looked at the current build, and scrapped the project entirely. Whereas Regular Show 3DS was a flawed love letter to retro fans, Explore the Dungeon is a sheet of paper with chicken scratch scrawled on it. It's the worst game WayForward has put out in years, and yet another example of a wasted licensed game opportunity. Read the full Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon review Borderlands 2 Headerhunter 2: The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler (Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Gearbox SoftwarePublisher: 2K GamesReleased: November 26, 2013MSRP: $2.99 After the disappointingly mediocre T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest, I went into The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler with tempered expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. Though the core gameplay is largely unchanged and the set of missions are just as short in length, Wattle Gobbler features a more fleshed out narrative, with funnier and more important dialogue. Mister Torgue shines as one of the most well-written characters in all of Pandora, and that brilliance helps make this DLC pack more worthwhile than the last one. Read the full Borderlands 2 Headerhunter 2: The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle here Fighter Within (Xbox One)Developer: AMA, Ltd.Publisher: UbisoftRelease Date: November 22, 2013MSRP: $59.99 Fighter Within is a lazy tech demo with a poor story, unimpressive fighting engine, and a forgettable cast. Maybe one day we'll have a cool Kinect fighting game, where everyone at EVO is flailing around with some semblance of strategic value. But this is not that day. Read the full Fighter Within review Soulcalibur II HD Online (PSN, XBLA [reviewed])Developer: Project SoulPublisher: Namco BandaiRelease Date: November 20, 2013MSRP: $19.99 Soulcalibur II HD Online is a nearly flawless update of a decade old title. While it’s unfortunate that the online mode isn't nearly as polished as the rest of the game, the true soul of the game has never looked so beautiful. Hopefully Namco works out the kinks in the netcode, but even with its shortcomings there is more than enough game here to warrant another go with this fighting game classic. Read the full Soulcalibur II HD Online here Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS)Developer: Nd CubePublisher: NintendoRelease Date: November 22, 2013MSRP: $39.99 The only true merit of Mario Party: Island Tour is the ability to play Mario Party with your local friends on the 3DS. As long as they have a 3DS and are close-by, playing via Download Play is fairly quick and painless. However, the lack of online play and the overall single-player experience is a pretty big bummer. Unless you’re desperate and need a quick Mario Party fix on the go, stick with a console version if you can. Read the full Mario Party: Island Tour here BandFuse: Rock Legends (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Realta Entertainment GroupPublisher: Mastiff GamesRelease Date: November 19, 2013MSRP: $69.99 (Artist Pack:  game + 1/4" to USB guitar cable), $79.99 (Band Pack: 2 guitar cables, mic, 4-port USB hub, acoustic guitar adapter - game NOT included), $179.99 (Guitar Bundle - Guitar Center Exclusive: game, guitar cable, & Fender Squire Bullet guitar) It's impressive to see a game such as this, focused on not only teaching you how to play guitar, but also how to have fun with it. The multiplayer extensions are a blast (if you have that many guitars, or friends that can play), and the karaoke and backing track selections can really further the creativity. While the jumps in difficulty can be drastic at the higher levels, there's still plenty of ways to adapt, and BandFuse surprises at each step. Read the full BandFuse: Rock Legends here   Read the full Super Mario 3D World review
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Week ending 11/30 & November Game of the Month
Thank goodness November is finally over. It was a hectic month -- that will go down in gaming history as one of the greatest ever -- thanks, in no part, to the launch of two brand spanking new consoles from both Sony and Micr...

Review: Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon (3DS)

Nov 25 // Chris Carter
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! (3DS [reviewed] PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)Developer: WayForward TechnologiesPublisher: D3 PublisherRelease Date: November 19, 2013MSRP: $29.99 (3DS), $39.99 (PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360) As the name might imply, Explore the Dungeon is predictably a dungeon crawler through and through, as players are tasked with completing a randomly generated 100-floor labyrinth. There's no real plot to speak of (and that's fine), as Princess Bubblegum wants you to get to the bottom of why prisoners are escaping from said dungeon. From start to finish as either Finn, Jake, Marceline, or Cinnamon Bun (as well as a few other secret characters), you'll basically just battle your way to the end in the exact same way -- but you most likely won't make it very far. On the 3DS, the presentation is lazy, lackluster, and shameful. As a fan of retro games, I'm actually quite fond of an 8- or 16-bit style every so often, if it's done right. But here, it's clearly a placeholder for a rush-job, as the cutscenes look like they were created in Microsoft Paint, and the animation is awful all around. It doesn't help that the voice acting sounds tinny on the 3DS (like it was recorded in a parking garage) and the writing is devoid of any charm or wit whatsoever. But this lack of effort pales in comparison to the animation in-game, which renders it borderline unplayable. Simply put, the game is constantly chugging along at a snail's pace, with a perpetual framerate problem. There's no run button by default to make it better, so it feels like the entire game is running in slow motion. I honestly have no idea how the 3DS version was allowed to be released in its current condition. [embed]266260:51570:0[/embed] Gameplay isn't much better, unfortunately. It's as bare-bones as you can get. You'll have your standard attack button at your disposal (which can be charged), as well as blocking, dodging, sub-weapons, and a super power. The sad part is you won't need to mix up any of these concepts beyond mashing your normal attacks -- the AI is so poorly designed that you can get by without any sort of deviation in strategy. Although each character has a different playstyle or power (Jake and Marceline can traverse gaps, Finn can equip more items), your choice won't matter in the end because you can just breeze through the boring dungeons with any of them. While the first few floors start out promising, you'll quickly realize that each level is a ghost town, with the same few enemies repeating over and over 10 levels at a time until a new theme arises. In lieu of any sort of multiplayer found in other versions, you get a cute BMO on the bottom screen that barely talks. Foes consist of uninspired designs that vaguely resemble characters from the show, and bosses aren't that much better. The only real value the game has in terms of fan service is at the very end, where it reveals a plot point that is yet to be presented in the show. That's... literally it. The actual dungeon layouts, which tend to follow the same formula of "the staircase is always on the opposite end from where you start," are utterly uninteresting. When coupled with the boring enemy designs and the fact that you don't actually earn experience from killing anything, there's absolutely no incentive to explore in Explore the Dungeon. Speaking of experience, you have to "buy" your actual upgrades in town with the gold you acquire from the dungeon. Should you choose to go back up (you'll get the option every five floors), you better spend all the money you have -- because you lose it when you leave the hub world. It's a design choice that makes no sense whatsoever considering the game is far from "hardcore" in any other aspect. Why limit your ability to develop your character and at least have fun? Although this review is based on the 3DS game, I did get a chance to play the console version, and it's a much better experience in every respect. Not only does the game not suffer the perpetual slowdown problem of its portable cousin, but it's four players, and generally looks better all around. There are also a number of other small improvements, like the fact that Lady Rainicorn's dialog is in Korean -- small touches that show more effort. It still has the same dull gameplay as it's essentially identical in terms of feature parity, but with three other Adventure Time fanatics it could be a good bargain-bin purchase -- because it will hit the bin sooner than later. At some point during the development process of Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon 3DS, someone should have looked at the current build, and scrapped the project entirely. Whereas Regular Show 3DS was a flawed love letter to retro fans, Explore the Dungeon is a sheet of paper with chicken scratch scrawled on it. It's the worst game WayForward has put out in years, and yet another example of a wasted licensed game opportunity.
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Unacceptableeeeeee!
I remember my first episode of Adventure Time. It randomly came on the TV one day and I had no idea what it was -- but I couldn't stop watching. There was something about the show that kept my eyes glued to the screen, watchi...

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Adventure Time trailer

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon gets a launch trailer


Because I DON'T KNOW!
Nov 19
// Brett Zeidler
In case it slipped under your radars, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! has a quick new launch trailer to remind you that this is a thing that came out today among all the awesome stuff launching thes...

Contest: Win a cool Adventure Time watch!

Nov 11 // Mr Andy Dixon
About the watches: Nooka has partnered with Cartoon Network Enterprises again (CNE) to create a limited-edition timepiece based on Adventure Time, the fun, irreverent series from creator Pendleton Ward that has people everywhere saying things like "algebraic," "mathemagical" and "rhombus!". The Adventure Time Finn watch from Nooka features graphics and colors inspired by Finn, Jake's loveable human companion and best friend. Size: 38 x 38 x 10mmBand Width: 20mm Water Resistance: 3ATM Functions: Alarm, Chronograph, Date, Time Battery: CR2016 Battery (3.0VDC Operating Voltage) Module: 32,768Hertz Quartz Crystal Oscillation Frequency Display: TDF LCD Display Electroluminescent(EL) Case Material: Co-molded With PU Body Case Back: Stainless Steel/Screw In
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Celebrate the launch of the new game
[Update: Contest over! Winners are ATBro and Swishiee!] To celebrate the impending release of Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW on November 19 (that's next week!), our friends at Cartoon Network and D3P...

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Pendleton Ward Broken Age

Pendleton Ward joins the voice cast of Broken Age


Plays the part of 'the lovable Gus'
Nov 04
// Brett Zeidler
Hot off the heels of Day of the Devs, a video was posted on Double Fine's YouTube account today announcing -- and showing proof! -- that Pendleton Ward (best known as the creator of Adventure Time) will be lending his v...
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Zelda, Pikmin, and Frederator cartoons coming to 3DS


Nintendo Video snags Bravest Warriors, Bee and PuppyCat
Nov 01
// Jonathan Holmes
Nintendo's dabbled in 3DS-exclusive animation before with the short-run Kid Icarus: Uprising series, and it looks like that dabbling is about to reach new heights. They're rolling out five new Nintendo Video series, starting ...
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Peppermint Butler

Adventure Time Steam pre-order bonus: Peppermint Butler


Free with pre-order, $2 after the fact
Oct 15
// Steven Hansen
Still deciding which console deserves your Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! pre-order? Aside from the 3DS-exclusive collector's edition, platform choices seemed a wash. Just pick wherever you ha...
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Adventure Time ETDBIDK

Adventure Time gets more friends to explore dungeons with


About adventure time!
Oct 10
// Steven Hansen
The upcoming Adventure Time game, Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW, got a new trailer showing off its hub world from where you can boost stats and purchase things, as well as listen to the fully voiced show character...
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Adventure Time

New Adventure Time game gets 3DS-only collector's edition


Exclusive to the 3DS because I DON'T KNOW!
Aug 16
// Steven Hansen
The upcoming Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! looks great. I enjoyed my hands-on time with the game, which has gone in a decidedly different direction from the Zelda II-styled Hey Ice King! Why'd You ...
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Poke BEEMO in the face with this new Adventure Time app


It also has games!
Jul 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
BEEMO! IT'S BEEMO! ON YOUR PHONE-O! The lovably little computer from Adventure Time is now a free app for your iPhone and iPad! BEEMO will happily greet you upon launch, and then you can do all sorts of things with the app. P...
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Adventure Time skips PS Vita, Namco trolls system fans


'Who has a PS Vita?'
Jul 18
// Jim Sterling
The new Adventure Time game is coming to Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, and Wii U, noticeably omitting the long-suffering PlayStation Vita from its lineup. As you might expect, Vita owners are a bit upset at the snub, and have taken to ...
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New Adventure Time game

Exploring Adventure Time's dungeon because I DON'T KNOW


New Adventure Time game from WayForward looking better than last year's Hey Ice King
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
WayForward is coming with a follow-up to last year's Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!, but it's not quite a sequel. Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW is a multiplayer dungeon crawler and, in...
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Go create your very own Adventure Time game


UNACCEPTABLE!
Jul 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Cartoon Network has released a free-to-play browser game where you can create your very own Adventure Time game! Adventure Time Game Creator let's you design levels, set up enemies, power-ups, and more. Right now you can only...
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Adventure / Regular

Scope these Adventure Time, Regular Show game covers


Wii U and 3DS box art for the upcoming WayForward projects
Jun 24
// Tony Ponce
As you've already heard, WayForward is helming another pair of Cartoon Network games. There is Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!, a follow-up to last year's Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!,...
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Shaqfighter, Ride A Pokémon, The Bureau, & Metro Reviews


The Destructoid Show shuts up and JAMS
May 14
// Max Scoville
Hey gang, here's today's Destructoid Show! ...It's a weird one. Did you see those new Pokémon from Pokémon X & Y? You can ride one of them, but mostly, they just look like regular animals. If you like weird...
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Adventure Time

New Adventure Time game coming, will be multi-platform


Party, party, PARTY! AWOOOOOOO!
May 14
// Tony Ponce
A GameFly listing appeared yesterday, reconfirming the existence of the upcoming Regular Show videogame. D3Publisher has put out a press release this morning officially announcing Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Lan...

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