Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!
Princess Bubblegum summons Finn and Jake to the Candy Kingdom to investigate a rash of thefts and kidnappings that have plagued her kingdom. She thinks the cause lies within her Secret Royal Dungeon, where only the nastiest monsters and criminals are locked up. If they’ve found a way to escape, the Land of Ooo will be in danger!
Release Date: Nov 19, 2013
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Princess Bubblegum summons Finn and Jake to the Candy Kingdom to investigate a rash of thefts and kidnappings that have plagued her kingdom. She thinks the cause lies within her Secret Royal Dungeon, where only the nastiest monsters and criminals are locked up. If they’ve found a way to escape, the Land of Ooo will be in danger!

Following the mathematical, algebraic, and radical success of 2012’s Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!!, show creator Pendleton Ward teams up with developer WayForward in the all-new action game Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! Select from an assortment of fan favorite characters from the show, including Finn, Jake, Marceline, Cinnamon Bun, and more, and team up with your friends in four-player co-operative multiplayer as the Adventure Time world comes to life through beautiful pixel animations, and voiceover from the original cast. Fight through 100 floors of a massive dungeon, battling enemies and bosses from across the Adventure Time universe, using an arsenal of weapons and power-ups. Raid chests for magical tokens to help you unravel the mystery of the dungeon!

Game Features

  • Series creator Pendleton Ward and developer WayForward team up again with a brand new storyline and an offbeat, fun adventure for fans of all ages!
  • Play as fan-favorite Adventure Time characters Finn, Jake, Marceline and Cinnamon Bun plus many more, each one with unique moves and an arsenal of creative attacks.
  • Characters come to life with voiceovers provided by the original TV cast!
  • Play solo or grab your friends for four player, co-operative multiplayer!
  • Fight your way through 100 floors of a massive Secret Royal Dungeon, avoiding treacherous hazards and defeating menacing enemies and bosses from the Adventure Time show!
  • Equip up to 40 Tokens for awesome ability boosts like Candy Seeds to double the effectiveness of food, Zeldron’s Armor that halves damage taken, and Wizard Eyes to see trap switches!
  • Arm your characters with 20 Sub-Weapons like the Hero’s Gauntlet, Kitten Gun, Sack of Butter, and Ice Stars to complement your attacks!
  • Interact with other popular characters from the Adventure Time show to learn about side quests or buy upgrades to aid your main quest.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows®XP™ SP2, Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Pentium 4 2.4 ghz with Hyper Threading
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® Geforce 9600GT, AMD® Radeon™ HD 3870 or higher (it must be able to manage Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 512MB of display memory.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows®XP™ SP2, Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Core 2 Duo / AMD™ Athlon 64 X2 or higher.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce™ 200 series or higher, AMD® Radeon™ HD5000 series or higher (it must be able to manage Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 512MB of display memory.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
ADVENTURE TIME: EXPLORE THE DUNGEON BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW! - A fairly simplistic, top down, randomly generated dungeon crawler.

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Score Comment
Graphics 7 The game uses colorful retro style graphics for it menus, dungeons and sprites. I have to say the graphical style works well, you really get the feeling of a retro arcade game mixed with the colorful world of Adventure Time. Characters and screens are well done and animations are simple but good.
Audio 6 Simple audio and effects, again the retro feel is very evident. Some nice voice acting by the cast of the show, but they feel a little overused.
Gameplay 4 You play through 100 randomly generated dungeons fighting the occasional boss along the way, all the time collecting keys which are used to unlock doors/chests and treasures which can be used to buy training or equipment. The problem is that the levels are very simplistic/repetitive and the game quickly becomes tedious.
Story 3 There isn't really a story, the characters from Adventure Time are all there and there are a few nice moments but overall the clue is in the title - there is no reason to be exploring the dungeons beyond "just because".
Replayability 4 Being randomly generated should give the game a decent amount of replayability but because so many of the levels feel so similar it doesn't seem to count for much. There is a form of character advancement in that you can upgrade your stats and skills and you can buy items from the "choose goose", but considering the gameplay why would you want to keep playing it?
Multiplayer 4 The Multiplayer is LOCAL only (dont expect to be playing with your steam friends), and is decidedly average. It is somewhat reminiscent of gauntlet in that it usually descends quickly into who can collect the most treasure/food before everyone else, except that in this game certain characters have a clear advantage over others in terms of speed / flying over obstacles (A good way to fall out with friends).
Overall
4.5 While this game may appeal to young players and some fans of the show, I find it very hard to recommend it. Once the novelty has worn off there is very little reason to play this game.

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
I'm sorry to say, even though I do quite enjoy the game's inside jokes, charecters and storyline. It gets repetitive and boring after a while not being able to find someone to play online co-op mode, this will only work as a one-time-game with no replayablity (if you're soloing)

NOTE: BEFORE YOU BUY THIS, this game's defination of "multiplayer" is local, that means you need another usb keyboard or controller for another player.

The playstyle is a very generic dungeon crawl, that requires additional players to be fun. although dedicated fans of adventure time will enjoy this, it can get boring after a while if you're soloing through the dungeon floors, grinding 1 gold per golddrops (and also not being able to find people to play with, especially on the PC platform).

Without online co-op on a steam PC platform, the DLC doesn't really mean anything either. (unless you love the show, and like collecting DLCs and everything about adventure time).

I would not recommend buying this game (unless you have other friends with controllers you could plug into your PC monitor to play on.)

EDIT: after playing hammerwatch, playing adventure time does not even feel like it could compare as a game, all this game contains is humor, the grind ratio is unbalanced; loot to enemies ratio is about 1:5, and enemies are sparse, (not enough for a dungeon crawl game), now, hammerwatch is only $10.99 (not including holiday sales or discount.) comparing to this game's price which is $43.99, the price difference is extreme, and makes this game unworthy to dedicate upon.

If you check on the majority of the positive reviews, most of them are done upon impulses provided no solid fact of pros and cons on the game, also with the completetion of achievement (unlockable through progressing through levels and finsihing the game), you can tell people stopped playing before even getting past half the game.

I would not recommend spending around $60 to buy this game and the DLCs, unless you're a fan and in a younger age group, you will definatly not enjoy this game.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
If this game played at twice the speed it currently does, I think it'd be a lot more fun. As it is, it's just so clunky. Check out the ending on YouTube, it ties in to the mythology of the show.
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457 of 498 people (92%) found this review helpful
42.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game has you traverse 100 increasingly difficult dungeon floors, with a boss fight every 10 floors.

Every mentionable mechanic in this game is extremely shallow, from the side-quests (of which there are only about 20), to the combat which is basically just mashing the primary attack button before your enemies have a chance to fight back, to the loot... Very little of the loot is useful and none of it is interesting. It is usually either temporary powerups, health, useless subweapons or "tokens". You can choose two tokens at the start of a dungeon run and these will add certain effects. I found myself using the token that increases speed all the time, because the character I was playing just moved far too slow which added to the already existing monotony of the gameplay.

The graphics are simple and colorful, the sprites and animations of the 2D elements are particularly impressive. The audio is also good, which is to be expected considering they got the entire voice cast in to do the dialogue. You will find that the repeated lines and unfunny one-liners will get on your nerves quickly, though. The soundtrack is awesome, as is typical with WayForward games. Again, because they are overused and spread thin, you might find they lose their appeal after hearing the same loop 50 times.

Is it Adventure Time? Yes. Does it have the weird things and the characters you love from the show? Yes. If you are a fan, you would probably find some entertainment in this game, but as a game on its own it is basically a flawed version of Dungeons of Dredmor or Recettear, both of which are far better and contain far more content, yet cost a fraction of the price. In the UK, at least, this game costs the same as Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider when they came out, an absolute joke. I can't recommend this game to anyone until the price drops to at least 75% off and even then I would say it's something only fans should play.

Edit:
The game is also incredibly buggy. I had not encountered any on my first complete game, but going back later to get missing achievements caused a lot of issues. For starters, the game crashes a lot. In my case, it would crash at the hub world most of the time when a specific sprite came onto the screen.

Additionally, there are achievements for completing 50 floors all in one run for the end-game content (The Nightosphere). This takes many, many hours to do and I actually had to restart it several times because the game crashed (crashed at certain bosses, also crashed when using special skills). These do not appear to have been fixed, so my suggestion is still to simply avoid this game completely.
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652 of 799 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2013
I recommend this game as a reason why Valve should consider a return policy.
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242 of 286 people (85%) found this review helpful
85.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
**Just gonna make a quick edit here; it amuses me how many people complain about how this game has no online multiplayer, when it has NEVER been announced that it would have any. It says on Steam, the box of the game, and everywhere online where it was advertised, that is is -local- multiplayer. Why the heck people thought it would be online is beyond me, lol.**

This is coming from someone who practically worships Adventure Time. WayForward's two little games that they made do the series NO justice whatsoever. Hey Ice King was short, easy, and overall just as bad as the game it was a clone of, Zelda II.

Explore The Dungeon is a slow-paced, tedious rouge-lite. The floors are procedurally generated, yet still manage to all feel the same. The game itself is buggy, with enemies and background objects/lights disappearing and re-appearing at random, and some tiles glitching into eachother and giving off a static effect. Enemies and items often like to fall through walls, which can be annoying.

The characters have varying movement speeds, but even as Marceline, who is the fastest, I still feel dreadfully slow. The speed-up token, Speed Shoes, feels absolutely essential simply because without it the game feels like an even longer and slower monotonous grind than it already is.

There are only a handful of enemies, around twelve or so, and then a good four or five pallet swaps of each one. You enter the Nightosphere at one point but there isn't even anything new there; only another layer of palletswaps. They even rehash old boss fights in a lazy-as-heck effort to pad out the game! I know many games do that, but the bosses in this are story-specific events and not just super-versions of certain monsters. Susan Strong and her people have no need being in the Nightosphere; yet there they are, and you need to save them, again. Because reasons.

The only good factor about the game is the voice-acting; the original cast came in and delivered all the glorious voices we've come to love. Yet even that isn't much of a redeeming factor because of how utterly -repetitive- the lines get. I actually have to play with the game muted and my own music or videos playing in the background because the game gets so dang dry, so quickly. I'm not talking about when I grind either; I mean even just making progress through the game, only unmuting it during boss fights so you don't miss out on the actual new dialouge.

That's about it, really. The game is just a buggy, monotonous grind that is absolutely NOT fun at all to play. Even with friends, it's still just doing the same boring crap over and over, laughing awkwardly at the repetitive voice acting, trying to pretend like you're all having a good time. I get that the game is geared towards children, but even then, I can't see a child's simple mind being hooked on this game for very long. Either way, it's a game where you want to know how it ends, so you force yourself to keep playing. Then after that, you drop it and will never pick it up again because you don't want to re-experience that hell for as long as you live.

The only things we have to thank WayForward for here are a waste of time and money. Thanks guys, you made another cruddy game. *Slowclap*. I really wish Pen would stop trusting his beloved series to those goons. Shantae and Mighty Switch Force were OK, but nothing fantastic. Just simple platformers using breasts to sell themselves really. Other than that WayForward have nothing to speak for. I'm sure a small team of dedicated FANS could make a far superior game than Hey Ice King and Explore the Dungeon. Seriously, the bloody IOS games were better than these.
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157 of 194 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Sadly, WayForward trick us all. This game is extremly booring and have unpardonable poor gameplay. Yes, it is bright and yes it has Adventure Time style and even original voice cast. But except this few things - Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW have nothing good at all.

First of all don’t trust multiplayer budges at the game store page. This game have ONLY LOCAL CO-OP, strictly tied to gamepads.

Second as soon as you complete tutorial you will get everything this game can give you. As I said: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW gameplay is extremely poor. This game have 100 levels of dungeon, bunch of heroes and only one way to going through it.

And last one, OMG! Look at this price! Maybe Adventure Time license is expensive, but the right price for this piece of frustration is 2.99$.

Do not get fooled by the title. This game is not worth your attention nor any of your money.
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121 of 159 people (76%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
I suppose it could get better but it starts out really weak and slow. It's like a very simplified dungeon crawler and it's just endless randomly generated dungeons. The Combat is weak and the game is unimaginative. I don't know why they can't make a good adventure time game but they haven't yet. Basically this is endless smashing increasingly annoying and difficult enemies while you drill down through dungeons that are mostly empty & boring. I will update if it picks up but so far it's dismal...
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59 of 69 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Forget everything you know about crawling up a dungeon! Adventure Time: EtDBIDK is the premiere loot-em-up by the cash-in division of Pendleton Ward who brought you such classic titles as Adventure Time: Zelda 2 on the DS and Adventure Time: Mobile IAP simulator.

This title takes all of your favorite Dungeon Crawly tropes and dumbs you in the role of Marceline, who is a bit more fun to play as, or Jake or Finn, neither of which is fun at all. Fight through I think 50 floors of pallete swaps while the charming sprites and voice work bore you away! The tropes are the very most basic. You pick up the items, you perma-die but still progress somehow, and sometimes you fight a boss. Reading that previous sentence is more action-packed than the actual game though.

While the gameplay may be the most bland and unfun thing ever, the voice acting is charming. 20-somethings who insist they are not hipsters and 8-year-olds alike will get a huge kick out of recognizing characters. "Hey that's Muscle Princess." If you love an Adventure Time cartoon program and you have to get all associated merchandise then quality has to take a back seat. What are you waiting for? Consider adding this one to your collection right away!

Has:
  • A Romp
  • Charming Pixel Arts
  • Characters & Voices U Know & Love
Lacks:
  • Quality Tunes
  • Turret Sections
  • Fun Factor

We give this game a NO out of 5.
-- Highlights for Kids Magazine

“3... out of 5” --Xplay "Adam Sessler"
3/10 “THIS GAME ISN'T FUN, BUT IT SURE HAS GUTS!” --Shounen Jump
5/10 “We're going out of business.” --Gamespy
24/100 “Not a single anime. No pantsu at all. I just don't get Western developers.” --Famitsu Magazine
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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Repetitious and boring. Pretty much the opposite of the cartoon. This game doesn't really do justice to the original IP.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
Very overpriced for what you get out of it.
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32 of 42 people (76%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2014
VERY BAD GAEM FOR THIS PRICE. DON'T BUY IT! OR ONLY ON SALES! CO-OP WITH FRIENDS - OK, ALONE - NOT OK! OVERPRICED ALERT! AT'S FANS DON'T GET FOOLED BY YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS AND FUNNY SETTING!

НИРИКАМИНДУЮ
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
Not mathmatical. I keep buying Adventure Time games because I keep thinking they'll make a good one. How hard can it be? This game is boring, repitious and only features local co-op. It's only redeeming quality is the abusrd amount of voice acting they put into it. This could have been a great game with some online multiplayer and more than eight enimies in the entire game. Seriously overpriced. Avoid!
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014
It seems alright and a decent enough format for an adventure time game. Unforntunately it paces the gameplay way to slowly and just kinda does things wrongly. The movments feel cluky and the rewards compared to the time investment and the amount of action in that time is just all off.
I really wanted to like this game.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
Can I get a refund? This game is terrible. It had potential, but nobody in development cared enough about it to improve anything. Even in the promotional video, the cast can't say anything other than, "all you do is run around in a dungeon." It's repetative and there is still no online co-op implemented which is the biggest let-down. My entire review would be different if the game were $10, or if online co-op were implemented, but for some reason, nearly a year after release, somebody still thinks it's worth $40. Seriously, why hasn't the price dropped?
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2014
This game is pretty expensive lesson I have learned in why I should not pre-order games
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
Don't get this game. Online co-op could have kept it from being so despicably boring but it doesn't have online co-op. It's not good.
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48 of 76 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
NO ONLINE MULTIPLAYER!!! This game is a complete waste of time for single player. Unless you have steam hooked up to a TV with multiple game controllers so your friends can come to your house and play this game with you it is not worth it. Steam recently changed the support tags for this game from Multiplayer to Local Co-op. I prepurchased this game under the pretense that there was online multiplayer. The way they twisted the wording of the game play was practically a crime. I have requested a refund from Steam and continue to argue with them based on this . . . no luck as of yet. . .

Sincerely,

A very dissatisfied customer
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
Not worth the money. 5$ buy at best. no online co-op for a 40$ steam game is ridiculous. This is just a money grab.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11, 2014
It's a fun enough little game if you liked Gauntlet in the 90s. But this doesn't bring much to the table to recommend it.

If you love Adventure Time, you'll be happy to know that the voicing, writing, and general feel of everything AT-related is spot-on. You'll also be sad to know that it's only tangentally related to ANYTHING, and this is just a pretty average Gauntlet-style dungeon-delve with an Adventure Time lick of paint and far less action.

It's clearly meant to be played co-op, so your mileage might vary, but for the solo adventurer? Give this one a miss. This thing is full of padding. There's little to no variety in the dungeons which are over-large for your movement speed and biomes drawn out too long. It makes use of an RPG-style upgrade system, but with very few increments and they've borrowed that infuriating mechanic from Rogue Legacy where all your currency is reset every time you go to town.

Overall, it's just not very fun.
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