A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is a cartoon adventure for the PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. The game is based on the popular Cartoon Network animated series, and features the same cast of the TV show. Players will engage in turn-based battles against enemies, on land or on the sea, and sometimes use weapons like swords, fireballs, or a wooden oar. There's no blood or gore, nor is there any inappropriate content in the game. But there's some "comic mischief," including one scene of a character who passes gas (with a sound effect and green smoke).
What's it about?
ADVENTURE TIME: PIRATES OF THE ENCHIRIDION lets fans of the Adventure Time television series go on an epic quest with the likes of Finn, Jake, BMO, and Marceline. Written, voiced, and animated by the same folks responsible for the Cartoon Network TV show, the role-playing game's story starts with a flooded Land of Ooo. The gang wakes up on a boat surrounded by rising water, so Finn and Jake set sail to investigate what happened, join up with their buddies, and explore familiar locations across Ooo to engage in battles. From swashbuckling swordfights and icy melees to interrogating characters and searching for clues, fans of the show get to join the zany cast on this third-person adventure.
Is it any good?
This role-playing game is fun for fans of the TV show -- but a few technical bugs make it feel like it's not quite ready for primetime. First, the good news: Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion looks and sounds just like the TV show. It's fun and funny, and easy to control, and it offers a variety of locations and enemies to keep things fresh. Once you're facing off against some enemies, you'll select members of your party -- usually Finn and Jake (and later on, BMO and Marceline) -- and exchange blows using fists, swords, or sometimes magical attacks. There are light, heavy, and special attacks to choose from. As in most role-playing games, heroes gain levels and abilities, but don't expect a deep skill tree here. But you can upgrade your abilities, including attack, accuracy, dodge, health, and blocking. The game is purposely accessible but still offers some depth while taking turns to defeat the enemies.
Along with combat, there's also an adventure game-like interrogation system when you encounter some characters, as you attempt to figure out what or who caused the flooding. Most of the game is a lot of fun -- despite an anticlimactic conclusion to the story, a not-so-intuitive interface during combat, and a few technical glitches that sometimes make the game lose its audio, or worse, freeze, forcing you to restart your machine. Gameplay also slows down when there's a lot of action on-screen at the same time, and there are some long load times. If these bugs were eliminated, it would be a much more enjoyable game. As long as they don't expect much depth, RPG lovers and fans of the show will enjoy playing through this silly pirate game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of violence in Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion affected by the cartoonish presentation of the game? Would the violence be worse if it was against more realistic enemies?
Does Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion seem like an advertisement specifically designed to market the show to gamers, or does it stand on its own as a separate title? Does this game make you want to watch the show?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Outright Games
- Release date: July 17, 2018
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Pirates
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
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