Game of the Month: Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom

By James Page

Developer: Little Orbit
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Release Date: 11/18/2014
System: Nintendo 3DS/PC/PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita/Xbox 360

Graphics: 3.0 out of 4.0
Game Play: 3.0 out of 4.0
Personal: 2.0 out of 2.0
Total Score: 8.0 out of 10.
Player’s Page: “Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom”

January-Live-From-Japan-2It’s time for an adventure, so grab your friends and travel to the very distant land of the Nameless Kingdom. This scenic kingdom is perfect for anyone who seeks adventure, the product of many hours of hard work from the kingdom’s three benefactors: Lullaby Princess, Slumber Princess, and Nightmare Princess.

Visitors to the kingdom will be able to line their pockets with riches by battling fearsome foes while exploring lively forests, tall mountains, dark caves, and dangerous dungeons. Adventurers will meet and swap stories with old friends, and if they are lucky, they may be granted an audience with one of the kingdom’s three princesses.

Jake the Dog and Finn the Human have been dispatched to the Nameless Kingdom by Princess Bubblegum in order to investigate rumors of a disturbing event that have reached the ears of those in the Candy Kingdom. The time has come for the Nameless Kingdom to gain a name and have one ruler.

However, on the eve of this historic event all three sisters have disappeared.

Without the three sisters the kingdom has begun to sink into chaos and if the princesses are not found the kingdom will face disastrous consequences from which it will not be able to recover.

Trouble finds Finn and Jake shortly after they arrive in the Nameless Kingdom. After a night spent camping by a river, Finn wakes up to discover Jake has joined the princesses on the list of disappearances. Finn must now brave the dangers of the Nameless Kingdom to find not only the missing princesses but also his best friend.

With his cursed grass sword in hand, Finn sets out alone into the wilderness to find Jake, rescue the three princesses, and punish whomever is responsible for all the bizarre events. A world of adventure, danger, and excitement awaits Finn and Jake in the Nameless Kingdom but they must be on guard; for all is not as it seems, and the most unexpected things can cause the most trouble.

“Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom” is an action adventure title developed by WayForward and Little Orbit. The game puts players into the shoes of Finn the Human from the show Adventure Time. The player will be able to explore the Nameless Kingdom and delve into its system of caves and dungeons all while battling a series of monsters and solving puzzles. While exploring the world the player will be able to upgrade their weapons, armor, and health as well as collect items and power-ups to help them in their quest. In many ways the game is very reminiscent, both from a game play and graphical design standpoint, of the “2D Legend of Zelda” games.

The controls are straightforward and easy to manage, allowing the player to quickly access a sword, shield, special power, and up to two items. These actions can be combined to overcome any foe or puzzle which will be encountered during the game, and although many of the items and their upgrades are optional towards the completion of the game, obtaining them will make situations easier and offer new ways to tackle obstacles.

January-Live-From-Japan-1The environments in the game are beautifully designed and help to add a cartoon feel to the game-play experience. The angled top down 2D view creates a game that feels familiar to older video games but offers new elements.

The character sprite design may be a bit simple when compared to the complexity of the world design, but the quality of their movement and conversation animations more than make up for any perceived shortcomings.

“Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom” is an enjoyable game which provides a nice experience without being too challenging. The trading mini-games and item collection quests help to add an extra element of depth to the game, but even with these extras the game is still a relatively short experience, coming in at between 8 and 12 hours for a complete play through.

The game is full of the humor that made Adventure Time popular, and many hours can be spent finding references to the show and meeting characters from different parts of Ooo who have decided to travel to the Nameless Kingdom. Anyone who plays “Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom” will be pleased with the time spent playing this fun game, and by the end of the game the player will quickly realize that a kingdom ruled by a princess who loves Jai Alai can be an amazing place to visit.

Remember, like all games if you play them just to have fun there will never be a bad game.

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