Last year’s Adventure Time video game was inspired by Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. WayForward used Diablo as a template for Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know and made a four player dungeon crawler.
Finn, Jake, Marceline, and Cinnamon Bun were playable in the demo. I chose Jake the Dog because I thought his stretchy powers would come in handy. While Jake can stretch, his reach is the same as Finn and Marceline. Jake’s stretching powers are mainly used to crossover gaps. Marceline can fly over obstacles, but she has less hit points, two instead of the standard three hearts. Cinnamon Bun has four hearts and kind of acts as the party healer. Attacks charge a super meter and each character has a different ability. Cinnamon Bun barfs health restoring food other players can pick up. Jake and Finn have summons that damage all of the enemies on screen.
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know’s combat system is basic. I ran through the level mostly using the same three hit combo. Bringing back memories of Gauntlet, dungeons have enemy generators to destroy. The game also has a random level generator so each time you enter a floor it will have a different layout. While players can learn new abilities by collecting tokens and pick up subweapons, Explore the Dungeon doesn’t have traditional loot like armor or better weapons to collect. Finn uses the same sword throughout the game’s 100 floors.
After fighting through a few levels of the dungeon, I encountered the Demon Cat, one of the bosses in Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know and a character from the TV show. While most enemies are about the same size as Finn & Jake, the Demon Cat was gigantic – which made it really easy to hit. Since we had a full group of four players, the Demon Cat wasn’t that difficult. Mainly because if a player gets knocked out other players can revive you.
Well, at least in the console versions. A D3 Publisher representative explained Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know for Nintendo 3DS will not have multiplayer, not even local co-op. Also, the Wii U version has a unique feature that D3 wouldn’t share yet.
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know is slated for release in November on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS.