Quantcast
Review: Adventure Time: Legends of Ooo - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess  



Review: Adventure Time: Legends of Ooo


2:00 PM on 06.20.2012
Review: Adventure Time: Legends of Ooo photo



Adventure Time is a great cartoon show, one that makes having a child a lot more fun than it would be if all I had to listen to was the screeching of Fairly Odd Parents every single day. Tapping very much into the Internet generation and its love for random oddity, Adventure Time is a fascinating and silly show that manages to retain a sense of innocence despite its often dark subject matter. 

Absolutely none of that is discernible from playing Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess.

Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess (iOS)
Developer: Cartoon Network 
Publisher: Turner Broadcasting
Released: June 07, 2012
MSRP: $0.99

Legends of Ooo takes the form of a traditional point-and-click adventure game. Finn and Jake are moved in tandem by touching any desire area on the screen, items are picked up by pointing at them, and can be dragged from the inventory toward environmental objects and characters. It's a simple interface for a simple game, which would be fine and dandy if the decision to stay "simple" wasn't taken to such extreme degrees. 

There is really not much of a game to this fifteen-minute experience. Within a series of mostly empty environments, our heroes face challenges consisting almost entirely of talking to someone, finding out what they need, and picking up their required item on the next screen. There are no real puzzles to speak of, you just fetch items that are placed a short distance away from the person that wants them. Once or twice, there's a tiny sliver of thought required, such as putting stepping stones in a lake to reach an object, but they are insultingly simple and demand no more effort than simply dragging your finger two or three times. 

The story and dialog is bland, providing none of the charm of the television show. Jake and Finn engage in lame banter and rely on out-of-context show references while familiar supporting characters show up for cheap applause. In theory, an adventure game based on Adventure Time is hilarious and has a ton of potential. Sadly, whoever made this didn't care about the potential, and simply squirted out a quick waste of time in order to cash in. 

The production values are pretty miserable, too. While it provides a visually comparable representation of Adventure Time, the awful looped music is soulless and indicative of how lackluster the game is. Even worse is the fact that only Jake, Finn, and the Ice King have any recorded voiceovers, making conversations with other characters sound weird and disappointing anybody who'd want to hear Choose Goose actually speaking. Fact of the matter is, you can't have Lumpy Space Princess appear on the screen and then present all her dialog as text. Her voice is what makes the character. 

The final insult is that, very much like the Regular Show iOS game, this is actually a free browser title that is being released on iTunes for money. Only a dollar, yes, but a dollar too much when the free version isn't even worth the fifteen minutes it takes to beat. 

Adventure Time fans would do better to wait for WayForward's upcoming DS game, because that stands a chance of actually being good. This is little more than a shameless little attempt to make a quick buck at the expense of a fun little show. I know it's a show primarily for kids, but even kids can reasonably expect better than this. 



THE VERDICT - Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess

Reviewed by Jim Sterling

4 /10
Below Average: Has some high points, but they soon give way to glaring faults. Not the worst games, but are difficult to recommend. Check out more reviews or the Destructoid score guide.






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.





timeline following:
Adventure Time - Legends of Ooo: Big Hollow Princess




reviews

8:00 PM on 12.15.2014
Review: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was a surprise hit for me. I had never been a huge Tomb Raider fan, but its focus on puzzles, asymmetric cooperative multiplayer, and replayability drew me in. It's hard to believe that wa...more



12:00 PM on 12.15.2014
Review: Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX

The odd concept of melding a host of characters from Square Enix’s seminal Final Fantasy series, Disney’s perennial film favorites, and a cast of original personalities, seemed as though it was destined for failur...more



2:00 PM on 12.12.2014
Review: Destiny: The Dark Below

Having basically played the new Destiny expansion The Dark Below nonstop since launch, I've experienced everything it has to offer. That in itself is an issue, because although I have played more than the average pe...more



View all reviews






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more