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



Mild cartoon violence aplenty in TV tie-in game.

What parents need to know

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

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.


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.


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


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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions
Hobbies: collecting
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
Self-Direction: achieving goals, time management
Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Price:$39.99 ($29.99 for Nintendo 3DS)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:December 3, 2013
Topics:Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Cats, dogs, and mice, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

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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 not take their "advice"!! This game is amazing and full of mystery. The game play is a little repetitive, but in a good way!! Each dungeon is a new labyrinth that takes logic and memory to clear. The boss battles are fun but HARD!! And along the way you learn details to a mysterious story about PB, with a tear jerking ending! I recommend to all Adventure time fans 10 and up!
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