Xbox 360 Review: Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom

Use the banana! Skeletons HATE bananas!!!!

Use the banana! Skeletons HATE bananas!!!!

By: Robert Snow

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is a single-player action adventure game. It stars Finn and Jake from the very popular TV series, Adventure Time, who find themselves in a Kingdom without a Name.

CONTROLS (3/5)

The controls in this game are typical of any adventure-like game. You can equip different items to buttons in order to use them. You, of course, have an attack button, which allows you to swing Finn’s mighty grass sword. As far as controlling Finn in combat, it is tough to do so. As such it is hard for you to dodge attacks when all you can do is move about awkwardly.

GRAPHICS/SOUND (4/5)

The graphics are very much like that of a Gameboy. They are simple, yhere is no screen tearing and the frame rate is fine. I would have liked to see more detail in this game’s graphics, but they are still good considering that the creators were trying to create a retro game feel.

The voice acting and music are both create a great atmosphere, which reminds you of the TV series — something fans will surely appreciate.

GAMEPLAY (2.75/5)

The story is that Finn and Jake must save the three princesses of the Nameless Kingdom by defeating multiple dungeons. It is not terribly difficult, and ultimately, it ends up making the experience kinda boring.

Each dungeon is simply a trial and error type of gameplay in which you die and then try again by going a different way or trying a different tactic.

The only challenge that is presented is trying to figure out how to get to the dungeons because you must find certain items in order to advance. There are also minor puzzles to get by that aren’t very challenging. It seems like a cheap Legend of Zelda game that is not terribly entertaining.

It is nice to see some of the characters from the TV series making an appearance, but their side quests are not really interesting or captivating. Also, the upgrade system lacks depth and does not provide enough incentive to keep at it.

I would have liked to see some more involvement of the characters from the show because they were slightly entertaining. All the new characters that appeared for the game were not as good as the original cast. Also, the new place made exclusively for this game looks too much like Hyrule from Legend of Zelda. There is almost nothing from the original cartoon except for the characters I mentioned earlier.

The dialogue in the game is weak and doesn’t pay adequate homage to Adventure Time. The game does not seem have any original ideas in it, either, as they’re seemingly all taken from the Legend of Zelda.

The boss battles are decent and are tailored to whatever tool you find in the dungeon that the boss is in. Unfortunately, said dungeons are incredibly confusing to explore, and there aren’t enough clues in the environment to adequately explain what to do next.

OVERALL (2.75/5)

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom doesn’t provide much of challenge, though it has its moments for those who dig the  voices and characters from the show.

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