Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know!
Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! is an adventure game developed by WayForward and published by D3 Publisher. Based on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, it was released in November 19, 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows, with Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions released one month later.
In December 2016, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! was removed from digital stores.
Why It Sucks
- The most fundamental problem is that there is nothing interesting to be found in the dungeon. Nothing whatsoever. There are no cool enemies, there are no hidden routes or secret passageways, there are no stranded characters or mini-stories or sub-quests to find, and most bafflingly there is no good loot. Basically all you ever find is money.
- Aesthetically, it goes for 16-bit retro, depicting its characters as colouful sprites and opening with a chiptune rendition of the awesome theme tune, but the execution messes up even this simple set of ideas.
- Some characters can float over pits and others can’t, which makes staying together difficult, and results in everyone wandering in disparate directions rather than working together as a team. It doesn’t matter much, as working together is pointless when characters don’t have complementary moves or skills.
- The enemies, meanwhile, are stunningly generic. With a cartoon universe as madcap as Adventure Time to draw upon you would hope that you’d encounter more than skeletons, blobs and bats, but most of the time that’s what you’ll be smashing.
- The game freezes a lot, even when it was patched.
- The game title is extremely weird. It looks as if the creators copied a piece of the script from a budget movie in the middle of the night, or so it seems.
Critical reception to the game was largely negative.
- Despite getting a negative reception by critics, however, the show's creator, Pen Ward, declared this video game as the only semi-canonical Adventure Time-related media that connects to the show, as something related to Princess Bubblegum's origins.