Adventure Time Video Game Is A Zelda II Homage With Jake Instead Of Link

By Spencer . October 19, 2012 . 9:08pm


Oh my glob, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?! brings back memories… even though it’s not out yet. Yeah, that sounds strange, but WayForward’s Adventure Time game is essentially a homage to Zelda II: Link’s Adventure set in the Land of Ooo.




Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! has a retro overworld map where shadows pop up and chase Finn. If one of them touches you, the game switches into a small 2D field where Finn (who starts the game without his sword) can jump around and punch worms. Jake is strapped to Finn’s back and uses hi stretchy powers to do a wavy punch. While Jake has longer reach, he does less damage than Finn. You can easily switch between attacks since Finn’s moves are assigned to the Y button and Jake’s are set to the X button. Defeat all of the enemies and you’ll get an item, perhaps Beautiful Wings that allow Finn to jump even higher, as a reward.


The game switches back into overworld mode until you run into another enemy or enter a dungeon. Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! has four worlds Grasslands, Candy Kingdom, Red Rock Pass, and the Ice Kingdom. Also like Zelda II, you enter new areas by walking and jumping through a dungeon to get to the other side. Usually, you’ll need to get an ability for Jake too, like a skill that makes him stretch out like a bridge, to complete one of the land changing areas.


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I started playing Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! from the beginning and after B.M.O. gave Finn a tutorial I had to fetch an item for the Hot Dog Princess. I walked around Grasslands and accidentally went off route into a hilly area with lots of green worms. Finn could take these out with one hit while Jake had to use two squiggly punches to do the same. Worms often dropped apples which you can eat to restore one of Finn’s hearts. Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! has a condiment combination system where you can add honey, another item dropped by enemies, to an apple for a super honey apple. Salt, ketchup, and mustard were some of the condiments I collected in Grasslands. While Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! has some wacky and helpful recipes to discover, not all combinations are helpful. The ketchup apple I made actually damaged Finn and sapped a quarter heart.


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After I brought the Hot Dog Princess a treat, I walked on the overworld to one of the game’s dungeons. Just like Zelda II, dungeons are 2D areas with monsters. Well, animals with hammers and other tools the evil Ice King tied onto them. That jerk! The first dungeon also had moving platforms hovering over lava to jump on and gusts of wind that shot Finn up in the air. The same wind blasts blocked Finn and Jake from moving them forward by pushing them away. Hidden in this dungeon is a shield ear ability for Jake which stretches his ear into a giant shield that can block enemy attacks and most importantly the wind.




A bear… with a chainsaw tied to its back was the boss at the end of this level. I started using the arsenal of items I stocked up like Spicy Serum which made Finn spit fire, Beautiful Wings that made Finn jump super high (great for dodging the Chainsaw Bear’s dash attack), and Stars of Frozen Rain which gave Finn a spread shot attack. I also had a dozen apples to restore my life, which made it impossible to lose.


To Candy Kingdom when Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?! comes out for Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS. Aside from stereoscopic 3D, the DS and 3DS versions have the same content.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    One more monnnnth!!

  • MrRobbyM

    Oh. There’s a DS version as well. No wonder I thought the game looked kinda not up to par.

  • Shaun Huseman

    I love how, since its Adventure Time, it’s labeled a homage instead of a complete rip off. Gotta love people overhyping trash.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      “Gotta love people overhyping trash.” Trash for you can be treasure for others too. You know that don’t you.

      And there are also many game that follow Zelda 2 style there. This way makes you said that Darksiders or 3D dot game heroes is also trash as it is a homage to Zelda game

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Winner!! BY knock out 

    • PreyMantis

      Heh… I guess you’re one of those people that thinks everything that’s kinda similar to another game is a rip-off.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        I believe almost every story in existence can be classified as man vs nature, man vs self, man vs man or boy meets girl. Now all we need to find is the first version of each so we know exactly what we’ve been ripping off for the past 5000 years.

        • PreyMantis


        • ddh819

          there are people in grad school already doing that

    • Hardcore Zelda fan detected.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Nahhh just people who don’t know how to use their time better there.

        If he actually like Zelda game, he will be happy that there are other games that uses Zelda formula there.^_^

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Can’t wait for this game.^_^ If only more western developers actually gives 3DS more cartoon game here.T_T

    I would love to see a donald, looney tunes characters, tom&jerry, pink panther or even yogi bear game really done well.^_^ If the old times can, why now we can’t?^_^

  • kylehyde

    I can’t wait for the demo. However I’m more than decidied to get, to only question is which version, if the 3D is good enough maybe I will end purchasing this version.

  • PreyMantis

    I just hope they fix the characters’ expressions/artwork during the dialog scenes. As far as the trailer goes, the characters only had one artwork that they didn’t fit some of the situations. I just hope they fix that.

  • The 3DS proves now that it can have games with 90s crappy graphic.

    EDIT (The above is joke /but really ..I shouldn’t have said “crappy”)

    • M’iau M’iaut

      This is a homage game based upon a show whose hook is an homage to classic boys’ adventure tales, I can’t imagine it looking any different.

      •  heh …after some thinking I think is the most perfect game for the show.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      “games with 90s crappy graphic”

      This game is based on a cartoon series there. How much different you wanted there. So, if Hudson come out with a bomberman game for 3DS, you will also said that the game had 90s graphics as it is just Bomberman?

      And this is not only for 3DS there. Vita, PS3, 360 had their own sheer of game that does not utilize all their graphics capabilities but choose to follow the art direction.

    • PreyMantis

      I laugh at your ignorance. It’s called ‘art-style’– study it.

      • yeah …the funny of this show is its art-style.

    • SolidusSnake

      “The 3DS proves now that it can have games with 90s awesome graphics.”

      Fixed that for ya.

    • CirnoLakes

      And what’s so great about 10s hyper realistic graphics?

      Most of the time it looks terrible. Makes me long for the “good old days” of 16-Bit and so forth. You know, to be honest, it feels right now like games looked their best in the 90s. I miss 90s gaming.

      • sometimes I wonder if the really 3D is better than 2D.
        The games that should be “reality graphic” all has there “un-reality” things ,But I can say the Best games are what gives the best for its players .

        I said the “prove-ment(!)” as joke …really just a joke.

    • You goofed hard bro!

  • Waha123


    Adventure time itself has a bit of homage to LoZ since the creators themselves are fans.

    • PreyMantis

      There was also a part (in the trailer) where Jake told Finn that it’s dangerous to go alone and needs a sword, which was indeed a reference from the original Zelda.


  • I miss Zelda II and I do enjoy this cartoon I gotta try this game.

  • d s

    I’d’ve preferred a Zelda 3 homage personally… never could get into II. Oh well, still looking forward to.

    • Jirin

      We already got one, 3d Dot Game Heroes!

      I liked Zelda 2 a lot, but looks like graphics are ugly and the feel goes a little far with the intentional stupidity.

  • Solomon_Kano

    There really is no better team for an Adventure Time game than WayForward. They’ve got that same appreciation for and ability to iterate on things past in gaming that Adventure Time does for me in animation.

  • VeroC11

    I wonder if this will be region locked?
    It wouldn’t make any sense to region lock a  game that’s never going to be released in japan.
    I really don’t see myself getting an american 3DS just for this game.
    (who am I kidding, maybe I would ;_;)

    • The bad news is this like all 3DS games are region locked, but the producer explained the DS game has the same content. The screen resolution will be different and there isn’t 3D (Adventure Time doesn’t really use the 3D effect), but you can still play it!

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