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[PS3 Review] 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!

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! is a rogue-like dungeon crawler. You will control a few of the characters from the TV show to go through the deep 100-floors dungeon under the castle.

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! – Gameplay

In Adventure Time, your ultimate goal is to reach the last floor of the dungeon. Each floor is randomly generated and contains some chests that often contain tokens, which in turn can be used to upgrade the playable characters stats outside of the dungeon. The levels also contains money that is also used outside of the dungeon.

There isn’t much story in Adventure Time: the start of the game explains why the dungeon must be explored, then you’re left to wander the dungeon soon after. Exploring the dungeon itself is very repetitive: you will be over and over again in a similar level design, fighting the same enemies (although a few more are introduced as you go deeper). Also, you can only get out of the dungeon to save at each 5-floors interval. Crossing 5 floors can take up to half an hour (and you can’t go back up), so take note that this game cannot be played for short intervals.

A local co-op feature is available (drop in and out), and the most fun I had in this game is when I played with my daughter. However, the controls are not perfectly responsive, and since she’s not so used to playing games, she would either get killed or not be able to hit the monsters. All in all, we played roughly for an hour together, and she got bored of it.

Each character has a set of attacks. Pressing X does their standard attacks, and a special weapon (usually found in chests) can also be equipped. A special “Imagination Attack” can also be launched when enough enemies have been defeated, and that special attack does huge damage to the enemies on screen.

Finally, a few basic side-quests are available when you’re outside the dungeon. In those quests, you will mainly be collecting tokens or money. A few boss encounters are also scattered in the dungeon at key floors. I fought a few of them, and their patterns were fairly predictable which made the combat very easy.

Final Thoughts

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! is a mixed experiment. The controls are hard to get the hang of, and the checkpoints are far from each other. The game itself is very repetitive, but it can at least be played with your children in the local co-op mode.


Local Co-Op
Characters and voices from the TV show
Very repetitive
Lack of checkpoints
Controls are not super responsive

Cost: $39.99

PSN Game size: 860Mb

You can purchase Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW! from here or on the PSN.


This review is based on a retail copy provided by D3 Publisher.

  • Yea i expected that. T his got MURDERED on like every site ever. This is probably the highest I’ve seen

    Sad because an Adventure Time action game or Fighter might actually be knid of funny XD

  • But still, a great name.

  • Thought they would do better with an adventure time game, huge potential there. Also I love the Banner pic at the top, i’m a bit of an Adventure Time fan and that looks amazing.

  • @ajescent: yeeep! By far the longest game name I ever played aha !

    @kennygk: thanks for your comment on the banner lol 😉

  • I’ve never watched Adventure Time, I have had it recommended before. The longest game I have ever played was Strong Bad ‘s Cool Game For Attractive People. SBCG4AP for short.

  • seems like a game you need to be a fan of the show to really enjoy

  • vipes

    Too me, this could of been great, if they had the time, and were given more of it from the publisher. But its sad to say that its not, and that for $40, its not good….But later down the line, if someone found it for like, $15, I would say that’s an okay buy, and could be fun with some friends.