Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!!

Common Sense Media says

Quirky platform adventure with tween boy humor.

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The characters help each other out with tasks and advice.

Positive role models

Although the characters display friendships, they are not always kind to each other and usually handle things by fighting.

Ease of play

The game starts with a tutorial that covers the basics of play. The characters unlock a lot of special moves, but they are listed in an easily accessible help area in the game. 

Violence

The game includes cartoon violence. Most of the characters attack with claws and teeth, but there is also sword fighting. The violence isn't gory, but it is constant.

Sex

Characters occasionally make suggestive comments, such as references to "babes." 

Language

The game uses potty humor and words like "booty" and "butt."

Consumerism

The game is based on a Cartoon Network TV franchise, Adventure Time.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!! is a platform-style adventure game based on the Cartoon Network TV show, Adventure Time. The humor is what you would expect from a tween boy: odd, kind of gross, and mildly suggestive. The game is easy enough that most kids who are comfortable with the device will be able to get through, but there are a few challenging areas that may cause frustration.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This strange yet engaging adventure game is fun enough to keep kids playing. Each land to explore is different, and the creatures to battle become more challenging as the game progresses. The back and forth may be tedious to some. 

Learning Approach

There isn't a lot of depth to the content, but kids will be challenged to think logically through the puzzles. The free-exploration style is great for kids who dislike linear storylines and prefer to feel in control of their adventures.

Support

The game starts with a tutorial that covers the basics. Characters unlock a lot of special moves which are listed in an easily accessible help area. Quests may be challenging to keep track of as there is no log for requests from characters.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn problem-solving skills and practice their reading skills. Since the characters in Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!! have special skills, kids need to figure out when to use each skill to get by an obstacle. This game is more about going on a fantastical adventure than learning, but kids will have to use reasoning to figure out the various environmental puzzles.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In ADVENTURE TIME: HEY ICE KING! WHY'D YOU STEAL OUR GARBAGE?!!, 14-year-old Finn sets out in the land of Ooo with his magical dog Jake to find the Ice King who has inexplicably stolen their garbage. Along the way, they meet characters who will be familiar to fans of the Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, including Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess, and Marceline the Vampire Queen. They must battle off bunnies with weapons tied on their backs, skeletons, bad fairies, and a variety of other creatures as they try to stop the Ice King. The game has two modes. In one, Finn and Jake traverse the land moving from place to place while trying to avoid magical trees. The other is more of a standard side platformer, where they are fighting creatures and navigating hurdles. Characters in the game send Finn and Jake on quests, rewarding them with special powers and upgraded stats in health, speed, and attack.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!! is a strange, yet engaging adventure game. Fans of the series will no doubt appreciate the humor and the character cameos, although there is no audible dialogue, so you can't hear their voices. Even if you're not a fan, however, this is a clever platformer that never reaches a point of head-banging frustration (as some do for younger gamers). The quests may be challenging to keep track of, as there is no log for requests from characters, but kids can simply keep playing until they stumble across the answer. Each of the lands the characters explore is different and interesting, and the creatures to battle become more challenging and complex as things progress. There is a lot of back and forth necessary to complete quests, and some players may find this to be tedious. Kids who appreciate a silly, magical adventure with plenty of creatures to battle will have a great time with Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!!

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence as a way of solving problems. Are there other ways Jake and Finn might have dealt with the Ice King?

  • Families can also talk about making friends. What else could the Ice King have done to get Jake and Finn's attention, other than stealing their garbage?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Price:$29.95
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:November 20, 2012
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Friendship, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byFairyWars98 June 16, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

Good game but kind of rips off Kirby

I got this game for 3DS last year, and if your looking to buy it for 3DS, don't expect much, there is BARELY any 3D. I mean it gives it a look so it looks like your more in a room like a box, but other than that I haven't seen any 3D effects. Princess Bubblegum says "Who stole my pantyhose?!" but that isn't terrible. Also if you've played Kirby this game is kind of a ripoff to that. I give it 4 stars
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old June 13, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Adventure Time

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn April 4, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Awesome

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

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