hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!
 BLOG ABOUT THIS

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

1:30 PM on 07.17.2013 // Steven Hansen
  @dtoidsteven

New Adventure Time game from WayForward looking better than last year's Hey Ice King

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 the brief hands-on I played, already is looking hotter than Hey Ice King!

Adventure Time creator Pendleton "Pen" Ward is still working closely with WayForward on this new project. In fact, it was Ward who both wanted both a different genre (compared to Hey Ice King!'s Zelda II style) and multiplayer.

Ward is also penning a "huge reveal" exclusive to the game, which will later tie into the show. What it is remains a mystery, one likely hidden at the bottom of the Secret Royal Dungeon's 100th floor. I hope it's Beemo. Or sammiches.

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW (PC [previewed], PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS)
Developer: WayForward Technologies
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Release: November 12, 2013

The courtyard of the Candy Kingdom serves as your hub in Explore the Dungeon. From there, you can interact with various Adventure Time characters, all of whom are fully voiced by the show's actors. I'm particularly glad that Choose Goose is the item vendor. Can't get enough Ed Wynn homages (related: Wreck-It Ralph is great).

From the hub you can upgrade your characters' stats. Upgrading Imagination gives you more special move bars that you can keep stacked and stocked. You can also upgrade things like strength and health. Aside from that, you can talk to Princess Bubblegum to be allowed access into the Secret Royal Dungeon. Before entry, you can equip accumulated badges that offer various perks.

As it stands, the four playable characters for Explore the Dungeon are Finn, Jake, Marceline, and Cinnamon Bun, though more will be announced down the line. Each character plays differently and has their own stats and specials. The aforementioned badges can also help shore up your characters' weaknesses.

Marceline is the weakest of the bunch at two hearts of health, but she's also speedy and floats off the ground allowing her to bridge gaps and avoid ground-based traps. Her block also allows her to absorb red projectiles. On the other end of the spectrum, Cinnamon Bun is a four-heart-hoarding tank. Jake and Finn sit at three base hearts, while the latter has the ability to cross small crevasses.

I played as Jake during the hands-on portion. His idle animation, with its flapping jowls, is painfully adorable. So to is his warrior-like running animation, furrowed brow and all. The game features some expectedly excellent pixel art and animation set against 3D backdrops. Jake's special move summons Lady Rainicorn, who speaks Korean and damages all enemies on screen. 

We went through a typical dank dungeon-looking stage, as well as an icy level. There will be six different types of floors and the floors themselves are partially randomly generated. Moderately sized, specifically designed squares of the map are put together for a slightly less random, but still varied experience.

The experience is pretty typical as far as dungeon crawlers go, but the Adventure Time universe, characters and enemies, really help make the game shine. We gallivanted through stages beating up on familiar adversaries, picking up loot, and coming across great nods to the show. One of the enemies that shows up is the Hug Wolf; if it infects you, you'll be compelled to hug all of your friends should they get too near, briefly impeding them.

Oh, and there are secondary weapons, including a cat gun. A cat gun.

We polished off the hands-on time with a boss fight against the Demon Cat, whose voice and prose I was happy to be experiencing again. The Secret Royal Dungeon is home to the baddest of Adventure Time baddies, so there could be quite a few cool bosses. 

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW is looking great. Feedback from Hey Ice King! (that the game was too short and could have used more work, for instance) has been taken into consideration, and the addition of multiplayer and different playable characters is the way to go. I'm quite looking forward to it. 



Steven Hansen, Features Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure dtoidsteven Tips
Steven watches anime & sports, buys meat out of trucks, dates a Muppet, and is only good at cooking. He stands before you bereft of solace and well on the road to perdition. ('^ω^) more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Could you stop calling Metal Gear Solid V Kojima's "swan song?" He's not retired, for crying out loud.
extatix avatarextatix
Seems rather excessive for a 3ds game. (3ds xl for scale) [img]http://i.imgur.com/DwOtP0s.jpg?1[/img]
Cosmonstropolis avatarCosmonstropolis
Tried the stealth approach for awhile, time to switch things up. *plants C4 everywhere* I'll probably toss one on the poor schmuck that delivers my copy of MGS V. For taking so long.
WryGuy avatarWryGuy
Just a quick update for folks. Phil/Mike Martin is off the streets and safe for the next month. Thanks to everyone who helped out. You can keep up to on the forums: http://www.outerheavenforums.com/showthread.php?41974-The-Save-a-Phil-Foundation
Script avatarScript
Watching Twin Peaks for the first time. Just yooou... aaaand IIII...
Perro avatarPerro
So the 3DS Dragon Quest VII remake is coming to mobile in Japan, so there's a chance that version will get ported over here. Not ideal but if we get it at all I'll be happy!
The Travisionist avatarThe Travisionist
I'm just waiting for "Mad Max: U Mad, Bro?"
gajknight avatargajknight
Put down the deposit for my new car, will probably be able to pick it up on the weekend. Insurance is pretty good too, sub £1000 which is excellent. Kinda. My mum tried to reverse in 5th gear. She drives an automatic. What a noob. :P
Bardley avatarBardley
We are Diamond Dogs.
IDrawOnTape avatarIDrawOnTape
I get to work to stock and STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STREET DATE SEPT 4 OMG STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STREET DATE SEPT 4 STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS STAR WARS TOYS WHY ISN'T IT SEPT 4?
Cosmonstropolis avatarCosmonstropolis
Still waiting by the mailbox. Tranq'd a jogger and stuffed them into a locker just for fun. I keep throwing rocks to get the attention of the neighbors and then hiding in tall grass. They look noticeably upset. Probably because I kept them up all night.
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Metal Gear or Mad Max? The choice is obvious. [IMG]http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/Felth/obvious%20choice.jpg~original[/IMG]
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Quickpostmortem My wife´s dog died yesterday . Rest in peace Diamond Dog . [img]http://i.imgur.com/uVT3HlF.jpg[/img] Here's to you, Malu Rest forever here in our hearts The last and final moment is yours That agony is your triumph
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Xbone journey continues! I thought I would like Dead Rising 3 well enough as a huge fan of 1/2, but I must say I find it's emphasis on hard drama laughable and the game fundamentally disingenuine. Guess I'm moving on to Forza Horizon 2.
TheDefenestrator avatarTheDefenestrator
I dig the feature in Until Dawn where, if you have the Playstation camera, it will record you briefly during jump scares for you to watch later. It's a really neat use of an underused peripheral. Too bad I'm dead inside and never react to them.
Shinta avatarShinta
[img]http://i.imgur.com/oZ7CQJa.jpg[/img]
nanashi avatarnanashi
Fallout Shelter: Impossible to Learn, Easy to Master.
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
Not saying this is the case, but Kojima has gone on record as being a huge Mad Max: Fury Road fan. Konami decided to release MGSV on the same day as Mad Max TVG. They're trying piss on Kojima's lawn, man.
ooktar avatarooktar
Downloading Phantom Pain. ETA, 16 hours. Just in time for lunch tomorrow.
Mr Knives avatarMr Knives
OH WOW. Talk about a complete about face. After slogging through the horrid beginning and slow ass swap sequence this game picked up exponentially. So far, I'm enjoying the hell out of it now. All if forgiven. Thank you based Kojima.
more quickposts


Contest!


destructoid's previous coverage:
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!


  Jun 24

Scope these Adventure Time, Regular Show game covers

Wii U and 3DS box art for the upcoming WayForward projects


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!



Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -