You know what time it is right!? TOP-DOWN ADVENTURE TIME!
Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is a top-down adventure game developed by the awesome people at WayForward with a Legend of Zelda feel to it, actually it pretty much feels like a Zelda game with an Adventure Time skin. The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom has actually been my favorite Adventure Time game of all, but still has some things that could be fixed.
You obviously play as Finn and Jake, in new kingdom that they visited because Princess Bubblegum asked them to, but like always, they weren’t paying attention so they don’t even remember the name of the kingdom. Once they find themselves inside a castle, they get the task of saving three princesses because a coronation is coming up and they’re nowhere to be found… or they’re in their rooms.
The combat in the game is exactly the same as in Zelda. You can press the attack button as fast as you can to have Finn attack with his grass sword, and Jake will be your shield. There are different items in the game that you can use, like a banana boomerang, plastic baggies to store items, or even Flambo to light up things or burn down trees.
There are different kinds of enemies with different behaviors, but to be honest, I found most of the enemies in the game to be incredibly annoying, even the first little worm-like enemies. Some stay invulnerable for a lot of time, some are really fast and have a lot of range. If you want to go up or down some stairs, and there’s enemies where you’re going, you’ll get hit since they’re chasing you, they’ll be waiting for you upstairs or downstairs with no way of avoiding the damage.
The game has dungeons that you have to go to save the princesses, but before you can enter, you’ll need to do some running around to find the needed item to go into the dungeon, like a plastic baggie for the first dungeon. Inside the dungeons you’ll face different enemies, puzzles, and having to find chests. You can find a piece of paper and a pencil to get a map and know where things are too! Puzzles were a bit confusing, but easy once you get the hang of the game. Bosses in dungeons are interesting and challenging since you have to find their weaknesses. Finding items on the game was what I found to be the hardest thing since you don’t get a lot of hints.
Around the Nameless Kingdom you can find different “Trail mixes”, fruits, nuts and stuff like that, which you can turn into… I guess you can call them potions?, that will give you more attack and defense. Money, health items, and mixes is not the only thing you can find, you can also find Gumball machines that will help you for a quest, and something similar to Pieces of Heart, which after collecting three, you’ll get an extra heart container.
While the game has its minor flaws, there is something that I really liked which was the voice acting. Every dialogue in the game is fully voiced with their original voice actor bringing you a full Adventure Time experience with that. Characters from the series will be around the Nameless Kingdom too, be sure too find all of them!
With that said, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is an enjoyable game with annoying enemies. With easy combat, fun puzzles, and awesome voice acting, it gets 7.5 Jakes out of 10 for me.
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