Cartoon Network series Adventure Time will be getting another video game adaptation. Adventure Time: Explore The Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!, developed by WayForward Technologies, sounds like it might be the game that fans of the cartoon have been waiting for.
Adventure Time stars young adventurer Finn and his best friend Jake, a dog with magical abilities. The show follows them on their journeys throughout the world of Ooo. Although it airs on Cartoon Network, Adventure Time has attracted its share of adult fans due to its bizarre humor.
Explore the Dungeon features an all-new storyline. The Candy Kingdom is in peril and the only way to solve it is by entering a Secret Royal Dungeon. The 100-floor dungeon is said to be filled with dangerous enemies and other hazards.
Players can take on the role of several characters from the series, including Finn, Jake, Marceline, Cinnamon Bun and others. I hope that list also includes Abracadaniel. Each character has a unique set of abilities. The enemies they'll encounter include Gunter's Cat, Goliad, Stormo, and Ice King. All of the voiceovers will be done by the cast of the TV show, which should help the efforts to translate the show's bizarre humor into game form.
The game can be played solo. However, the console editions of the game will also feature cooperative multiplayer for up to four players. There's no mention of a multiplayer component for the 3DS.
The developers have taken pains to make Explore the Dungeon an authentic Adventure Time experience. Pendleton Ward, the cartoon's creator, wrote the game's story. The voice cast for the TV show is also reprising their roles in the game. As a result, the humor that the show is known for should be accurately translated to the game.
WayForward Technologies previously developed Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!, another awkwardly-titled adaptation. That game was only available on 3DS and DS. The game received middling reviews, primarily due to its short length and shallow game mechanics. Perhaps the fact that they're developing for consoles in addition to handhelds this time around will encourage them push the features set a bit more. We can hope, anyway.
Explore the Dungeon will hit the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and 3DS this fall.