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What 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.
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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?
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?!!
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- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, thinking critically
- 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, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
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