WHAT TIME IS IT? TOP-DOWN ADVENTURE TIME! Fans of Adventure Time FINALLY have a game worthy to call their own. Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is a fun, top-down adventure, not to mention a spot-on Zelda parody. In this game Princess Bubblegum sends Finn and Jake on a quest to the Nameless Kingdom to rescue the land’s three princesses who have all mysteriously disappeared! Read the juicy drama in the screenshot below.
After Finn and Jake rescue the princesses, it is up to Finn to choose one of them to rule the Nameless Kingdom. Unfortunately, Finn and Jake forgot that fact. I’m sure they’ll deal with that when they get to it though. As far as gameplay goes, Adventure Time: The Nameless Kingdom plays exactly like the 1986 version of the Legend of Zelda. Or any top-down Zelda game really. I think that was the point however, as there are numerous references to the Zelda series in this game.
Such references include: the in-game money being called Ruples (in Zelda money is called Rupees), only having two items equipped, collecting heart pieces, how Finn uses plastic baggies to hold objects (Link used bottles), Finn can use Jake to catch fairies that heal you (but Jake ends up squishing them in his meaty paw), a reward noise plays when you open a chest and you fight with a sword and shield. Even the dungeons, their puzzles and the enemies inside feel Zelda-esque. That’s not a bad thing though! Zelda games are always fun and that fun translates easily into Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom.
Visually, the game is very colorful and bright. Not the sharpest graphics, mind you, but that is part of its charm. You can only do so much in a classic 16-bit game. The developers did include many of the characters from the Adventure Time series. Some of which may have only been in an episode or two, but it was refreshing to see them all the same. Speaking of characters, Finn and Jake’s voice actors from the cartoon series are voicing their respective characters in The Nameless Kingdom. It’s always a treat during cut scenes to hear John DiMaggio and Jeremy Shada banter back and fourth with one another just like in the show. Many other minor characters have their same actors as well, but others don’t which was a shame.
My complaints of Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom aren’t many, but I did have some issues, primarily with the controls. Nameless Kingdom is available on PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo DS. I played the PC version and it was literally the Xbox version ported on PC. All the commands and controls refer to the Xbox button layout. A is Spacebar, B is the X-key, Y is the Z-key, Left Trigger (LT) is the Left Shift key, Right Trigger (RT) is the Left CTRL key, Left Back-Trigger (LB) is the Q-key and Right Back-Trigger (RB) is the W-key. The C-key is how you swing your sword but I’m not even sure what that maps to on the Xbox controller.
The point is, if you’re going to make a version of a game for the PC, make it FOR THE PC. I don’t own an Xbox controller. Never owned an Xbox. I am aware having an Xbox controller would have solved my control issue, but that’s not the point. Being forced to use these awkward control schemes and having to figure out what button did what was a beating.
The keyboard controls didn’t feel very responsive either. Several times I would be hitting Spacebar (the A button) to do something and the game wouldn’t register it. There were also a few enemies that would glitch out when I attacked them or my sword attacks wouldn’t hit them at all for some reason. Another, more minor issue if anything, was that the game doesn’t guide you very well. For the second dungeon you need to find a way to light things on fire. That’s the only thing you learn from the NPC blocking the dungeon entrance. I spent 45-minutes to an hour roaming the map, looking for some way to make fire. I finally found it and it just by luck. There was no inclination that I was in the right location before talking to the right person.
Overall, the game was fun but frequently frustrating at the same time. A more optimized control scheme for the PC instead of a lazy Xbox port, some bug fixes and a more intuitive quest system would do this game wonders. Despite those issues, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom provides a very enjoyable gaming experience for any fan of Adventure Time or even The Legend of Zelda. I do not however, believe it is worth the $40 price tag. Definitely wait for this one to go on sell. Pick it up on Steam today. It’s Adventure Time!
A mediocre adventure
Gameplay - 7/10
Plot - 8/10
Design - 8/10
Price - 1/10
It wants its Zelda back.
Even if you are not a huge fan of the series (like me), you’ll still find yourself chuckling and laughing at all the hilarity that takes place in this game. But as I mentioned before, if you’ve played any top-down Zelda game, you’ve played Nameless Kingdom. The price is also not Mathematical nor Algebraic. The $40 price is just too many Rupees…
I mean Ruples.