This year I’m trying something new. Whenever I play a new game (new to me, that is) I’m going to post a short review of it. It won’t be objective or structured in any way, just my personal opinion, really. Also, there won’t be any set release schedule for these posts, as I’m keeping it very casual and only doing them whenever I beat a new game.
Our first review is for the 3DS title “Adventure Time: Hey Ice King, Why’d You Steal Our Garbage!?” It’s an action RPG based on the Cartoon Network show of the same name. I confess I’ve only seen the show once in passing, but I really enjoyed the game.
The gameplay is based off of Zelda 2, and it works great here. The combat and leveling system is fun and engaging. You run around on a 2D plane and slash at enemies with your sword, earning new abilities and power-ups as you go. These new abilities in turn give you access to new areas. I usually hate backtracking in games, but I found myself enjoying it here because the gameplay is so smooth and enjoyable. The difficulty felt just right. Not too hard or too easy. I did get my head hanged to me once or twice on a boss though X_X
The graphics are bright and colorful, and capture the cartoon’s art style flawlessly. The animation on the main characters and enemies is great. It’s very smooth and alive. The sound is another great part of the game. The sound effects are never too irritating, and I started humming along with the soundtrack after a while.
Ice King is also very funny. It’s nonsensical and charming. The characters are fun and interesting. It says a lot that I’ve barely seen the show, yet I really got invested in the characters while playing the game.
The only complaint I have with Ice King is that it’s WAY too short. I enjoy short games, but this took me less than a day to finish, and at 100% completion. It does have a New Game + mode, which I will definitely check out, but it doesn’t quite make up for the game’s length.
Overall, despite being too short, I really enjoyed Ice King. It’s funny, has great gameplay and graphics, and offers a fair challenge. I definitely recommend it!