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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No positive messages that are explicitly promoted in the game, although players will discover that they're exploring with friends and working together to accomplish a goal.
Positive Role Models
These cartoon characters are friendly and funny, but they're not really "role models" because they're not human and mainly engage in antics during play.
Ease of Play
While most controls were simple for maneuvering a ship on water and engaging in turn-based battles, the interface during battle sequences can be confusing and cluttered.
Violence & Scariness
Turn-based combat features cartoonish violence that isn't bloody or gory. Players can punch or kick enemies, bonk them on the head with an oar, or sometimes use weapons like spears, swords, and fireballs.
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No inappropriate language, but there's some "comic mischief," including one scene that involves flatulence (sound effect and green gas emitting out of someone's behind).
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on the popular Adventure Time animated television series. It looks just like the show, and has the same writers and voice talent behind it all, too.
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).
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.
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