After the month of October, chock full of Halloween creepiness and games like Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, The Town of Light, and BioShock: The Collection, it was time to try something simple and lighthearted this week.
My 13-year-old tried the free demo of ADVENTURE TIME: FINN & JAKE INVESTIGATIONS and asked me to buy the full game and the bonus Artifact Checking adventure with Marceline, so I decided to play it, too.
This game was published in 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. I’ve seen it referred to as an “action adventure” and I guess that’s accurate, but this isn’t Grand Theft Auto or Assassin’s Creed. It’s rated “E +10” for everyone ten and older.
ADVENTURE TIME: FINN & JAKE INVESTIGATIONS is a kids’ story game with occasional arena style battles but mostly, as the title suggests, investigations. It’s similar to a escape room mobile game, where you explore a very limited map, pick up objects, and figure out how to progress to the next part of the story by using the objects in creative ways.
As someone who’s played a ton of point-and-click puzzle adventure games including Azada, Dream Chronicles, Myst, and Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy, the levels were too easy for me, but I don’t think I’m the target audience. I’ll be playing Clockwork Tales next week, which should be a little more of a challenge.
~ J.L. Hilton
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