Hey Ice King is the first game that I’ve been able to sit down and play through the entire game in one session in ages (with my busy schedule butting into my game time) and I am immensely happy that I was able to do so. It’s also the first portable game that has completely captivated me in a long time as well. However, these truths don’t hold all that relevant when the sad fact that it’s only about six hours long floats to the surface. The game is also incredibly easy which obviously doesn’t help lengthen the game in anyway. Luckily, the game offers a New Game plus which increases the difficultly and should serve to increase the length of the game by at least an hour or two, depending on the player’s skill level.
The gameplay is extremely Zelda II-esque, with a top-down view as you explore Ooo that takes on side-scrolling when you encounter an enemy. Finn uses his fighting abilities to fend off foes by unleashing different kinds of attacks like downward thrusts and slide-kicks as well as swinging his trusty sword or punching when his health is low. Jake resides in Finn’s backpack and offers a variety of movement-based skills like floating as an umbrella or extending to cross broken bridges. Finn and Jake must travel to the four different dungeons to stop the Ice King from stealing their garbage. The dungeons feature simple puzzles and often a new ability to help the duo progress deeper into the game. The boss fights at the end of each dungeon tend to ramp the difficulty up a bit, but not by much. As you explore Ooo, you’ll find its citizens are in dire need of a hero. Finn and Jake are more than happy to oblige.
The writing is wonderful for fans new and old. The dialog and music is absolutely in-tune with the television show we’ve come to know and love and is set to satisfy any avid Adventure Time fan. With its familiar characters, locations, items and abilities, Hey Ice King is a pretty fun game that will bring you to a nostalgic place of longing for games come to pass. It is a wonderful throwback to classic gaming and an even better tribute to the television show’s expansive lore and fanbase. This is truly a must play for fans of the series. If you’re not a fan of Adventure Time, but you love Zelda games this is definitely a game to give a try. If neither of these things float your boat, then it’s probably a game you’ll want to pass for now. While the game isn’t innovative, it is charming, and that charm is what makes Adventure Time one of the best cartoons on television nowadays.
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