Friday, 27 July 2018 15:13

REVIEW: Adventure Time: Pirates Of The Enchiridion (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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Adventure Time has to be one of the coolest cartoons to currently be on television, forget The Simpsons or Family Guy, just give me Finn and Jake. Though some might not be sold on this game, as gamers always get stung with poorly made games based on TV shows and movies, but seriously this is pretty damn good.

True fact, soon as I hear the word adventure I can't help but sing,

Adventure Time
Come on grab your friends
We'll go to very distant lands
With Jake the dog and Finn the human
The fun will never end, Adventure Time!

So for fans or people new to Adventure Time, you’ll play as Finn and Jake at the start but you’ll meet other characters from the show, you’ll also be able to play as BMO and Marceline. There’s other popular characters featured being the Bubblegum Princess, Ice King, Lumpy Space Princess, but you’ll have to play to find out if Earl of Lemongrab makes an appearance though.

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So just like the cartoon series, Finn And Jake seem to find themselves on an adventure to save the day, with the help of others against those pesky characters who are nothing but trouble makers. Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion is pretty much a video game of the show and that’s sweet in my opinion.

Let me get the one bad thing about Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion out of the way, this is a single player game with no co-op which really had me shaking my head! It sure is a game that could work well having co-op as an option but nevertheless...

Gameplay consists of turn based battles, running and sailing around the open world of Ooo. Battles will happen anywhere you go, on land mostly but if you pass another ship the battle will take place on the enemies ship. When in battle you can do several things from attacking, defending, healing yourself or healing other characters, you can also revive others as long as you have the required items.

There are normal attacks as well as special attacks though you can't just use a special attack at anytime, you’ll need to move the special attack bar up to a number between 1-10 and each special will be a number, but it's not just about attacking and defending, you can use special items that hinder enemies and help you out. There is no difficulty option for this game, because all characters have a level starting at 1. Winning battles earns you cash, XP and other items that can be used in battle. Other ways of getting money or battle items can be done by destroying things on land and water, in the water you’ll see floating boxes that Jake can pick up and it automatically goes into your inventory.

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You’ll get to a point where enemies are a higher level, it's then you’ll really want to go into the pause menu and go do what’s called hero training, it's simply upgrades and these cost money, you can upgrade health, dodging, accuracy, blocking and attacking. It’s not just skills that can be upgraded but also your characters special moves.

Battles aren’t all you’ll do, there are main/side quests that are scattered around Ooo, and Ooo is huge, spanning across many islands. You’ll be able to dock your boat and explore Candy Kingdom, Mushroom Island, Badlands, Fire Kingdom as well as five other places and the way to get from one to the other is by boat, which Finn has control of. You’ll eventually have a cannon on your boat that can shoot cannonballs at objects in the water as well as a massive sea monster. Now, places can be rather big and walking can be slow at times, good thing Jake can transform into a moped which allows much faster travel.

While walking around you’ll see treasure chests and doorways that only certain characters can access, but also there are reddish swirls that are ability points that allow Jake to transform into a bigger form to either get himself and others to a higher place or across an area where water flows. There are, from time to time moments when both Finn and Jake will have interrogations with characters top right has a wheel with two pictures of Finn and Jake one good cop the other bad cop and if you successfully interrogate you’ll be rewarded. It's a fairly easy part of the game but you can get unlucky.

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The pause screen for this title is the games hub, you’ll be able to check your inventory, objectives and general game settings for sound. The HUD is also minimal, showing just the characters, objectives and the waypoint top of screen.

I reviewed on Xbox One, specifically Xbox One X and it has no support for the beefed up console, but the fact it’s not upgraded doesn't hinder the game as I’m about to explain. On Xbox One it ran a smooth 60fps, the odd stutter only occurred when entering one of the main islands in the game. The visuals were jaw dropping, if your a fan of the cartoons your going to understand when I say it's a spitting image of the TV show, the only difference is you get to control the characters and explore it instead of just watching.

Adventure Time is an out there cartoon, weird looking characters and places like Candy Kingdom really make this a joy to watch but playing a game in this world is incredible and might I add that the land of Ooo is so bright and colourful! Then we have the brilliant cast of voice actors who also do the voices of character from the cartoon, which I didn’t think would be the case. That was a huge thumbs up!!!!

This is available on Xbox, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. This is a game for all fans and I think you don’t even need to like or know of the show to play this, it will most likely have you watching the show fairly quick. It really shocked me on how good of a transfer from TV to game this title did and it's that very reason I recommend this for anyone wanting to play something different and fun.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Climax Studios
  • Publisher: Outright Games
  • Genre: Action / Adventure, Role-Playing, Indie