Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Mild cartoon violence aplenty in TV tie-in game.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational value

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive messages

Played from a mostly top-down perspective, the game has players explore dungeons to fight fantastic enemies. You and your team are the "good guys," but the game focuses heavily on cooperative (co-op) combat.

 

 

Positive role models & representations

You don't know much about your Adventure Time characters, other than what kids might remember from the animated television show. They're lovable characters but do use weapons to inflict harm on enemies.

Ease of play

This cooperative ("co-op") game was designed for younger players, and, as such, the controls are very easy to learn. The camera angle is from an accessible top-down point of view, and it's therefore easy for players to see what's going on.

Violence

Although it's non-graphic, cartoon-like, and played from a top-down perspective, this game does have players attack enemies in dungeons using weapons, including a broad sword, as well as punching and stomping. There is no blood or gore.

 

Sex
Language

One of the characters can emit gas as a weapon (Poot Newt), complemented by sounds of flatulence and plumes of smoke.

Consumerism

The video game is based on the popular Adventure Time television show of the same name.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know is rated "Everyone 10+" primarily for mild, cartoon-like violence. Players can use a sword or other melee weapons (such as fists and feet) to take down enemies in dungeons. There is no blood or gore in the game. There's also some "comic mischief" in the form of a gassy, flatulence weapon.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bysillysasha123 January 23, 2015

Fun fun game!!

Before I asked for this game, I was doing some research about it, and I realized that many people think this game is boring and repetive. i am soooo glad I did... Continue reading

What's it about?

Based on the animated Adventure Time television series, ADVENTURE TIME: EXPLORE THE DUNGEON BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW lets you play as your favorite characters from the show, including Finn, Jake, Ice King, Marceline, and many more. With the exception of the Nintendo 3DS version, up to four gamers can play cooperative multiplayer on the same TV or PC; it's the first Adventure Time game that lets you play as multiple characters in the co-op mode. The story -- which has our heroes traverse a deadly 100-level dungeon to fight evil -- was penned by TV series creator Pendleton Ward and features all the voice actors from the hit show.

Is it any good?

It's certainly not the best game of the year, but younger fans of the TV series should enjoy slaying enemies together with up to three siblings or friends in front of the same television or computer screen (note: the Nintendo 3DS game is virtually the same but without the multiplayer element). Choosing to play as your favorite character from the show -- such as stretchy Jake or brave Finn -- is a blast, though there's a bit of redundancy between the dungeons, and the game's pixelated "retro" visuals won't appeal to everyone. As you work toward saving Candy Kingdom, gamers also can unlock a ton of extra content, new characters and abilities, and some secrets along the way. Silly and quirky like the TV show it's based on, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know isn't a bad co-op adventure -- especially for the relatively low price of admission.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Does mild violence in a video game make kids more violent in real life? Or does this fantastic, cartoon-like setting distance itself enough from the real world? Parents might consider reading CSM's report entitled Media and Violence: An Analysis of Current Research.

  • Did you play this game because you like the TV show on which it's based?

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