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!
User reviews: Mixed (128 reviews)
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
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: September 23
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Very overpriced for what you get out of it.
Posted: June 25
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 3
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
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?
Posted: June 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Stop right there: Play "Finn & Jake's Epic Quest" instead. This game is butts. The pacing is too slow. Controls are clunky. Hit boxes on enemies don't make much sense. Powerups don't last long enough to be useful. Not enough loot gained to justify prices of upgrades. First boss was so easy. Extra characters' special abilities are meh. The voice acting is okay, but you will get bored with it quick because your character only says, like, three things over and over again. Totally not worth $40.
Posted: July 3
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447 of 488 people (92%) found this review helpful
42.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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