It’s time to dust off your magnifying glass and get that deerstalker hat dry-cleaned: Finn and Jake of Adventure Time fame are back with a new…erm…adventure, joining forces as a dedicated detective duo! As of today, Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations is available for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the 3DS. Hot on the heels of the fabulously-named prior Adventure Time capers, Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don’t Know! and Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!!, it looks to be a treat for AV stalwarts and newcomers to the series alike.
Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations plays primarily as a puzzle-solving/adventure game, with combat being used in order to solve many of these puzzles. The player will take control of Finn, while Jake serves as a trusty sidekick in the combat sections; Finn can also progress through interacting with the environment. Furthermore, the environment will be particularly exciting and immersive for existing Adventure Time fans, with the story taking place in familiar surroundings (Jake and Finn’s home turf, the Land of Ooo).
A host of classic characters feature in the game, including Beemo and the Ice King. There are also references to well-loved episodes of Adventure Time, as evidenced through the featuring of Finn and Jake’s sassy dance moves in the trailer (see below if you don’t believe me). The game also seems to have a sarcastic and biting humour to it, as Finn explains to Jake in the trailer that “it’s an adventure, man! You pretty much have to pick up everything.” (A clear dig at point-and-click adventures like Monkey Island, in which completing a scenario requires either the frustrated perusal of a guidebook or clicking on absolutely everything in sight.)
Check out those moves. Stylish.
Release-day DLC may leave a sour taste in the mouth of some gamers, but the extra chapter does indeed look to be a worthwhile add-on. Die-hard fans of the series will not only get to experience an extra scenario starring Marceline the Vampire Queen, but they will also get to utilise her powers to solve even more puzzles. You’d better dust off your ax bass too, while you’re digging out your Sherlock gear!
As a further treat for fans, the hub world for the game is the characters’ very own treehouse, which is stocked with plenty of goodies and Easter Eggs linked back to the show. This leads off to a range of locations seen in the show itself, such as the Candy Kingdom and Wizard City, all with their own unique elements (such as a marketplace in Wizard City). Overall, it looks to be particularly promising for long-time fans of the TV show, but may also reel in those who are new to the franchise.
If this looks right up your alley, then the game is available both in digital format and as a physical copy. You could pass this opportunity up, but in the words of Lemongrab, that would be UNACCEPTABLE!!!
Pick up this gnome-hunting adventure today!