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Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom Review

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom

Release: 18/11/2014
Publisher: Little Orbit
Developer: WayForward
Genre: Adventure, Nintendo 3DS Reviews
PEGI: 10+
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People have attempted to clone the Legend of Zelda franchise for years. Some have had success doing so, while most have not. The developers behind Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom have done an excellent job cloning the classic franchise, and although it has its own issues, its still an adequate top down adventure title that is worth your time.

It’s a Clone

This is not a bad thing. True, this game is not innovative, and does almost nothing that is unique. However, it does everything really well. It is a fun alternative to a Zelda game. It is not as long, not as deep, and the puzzles are not as complex. It’s probably best described as Zelda-lite. If you’ve never enjoyed the Zelda series because of the difficulty, then the Secret of the Nameless Kingdom will be the game for you.

The Right Amount of Charm

You play this game primarily as Jake and Finn, but you’ll meet many characters from the Adventure Time crew throughout your journey. The graphics are not mind blowing, but they are still very well done. The cuteness of the show definetly comes out in this game.

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If you've never enjoyed the Zelda series because of the difficulty, then the Secret of the Nameless Kingdom will be the game for you

Like I said earlier, this game doesn’t have the length that a Zelda might have. There are only three princess to find and save, but because of the lack of overall direction, you will cross and explore every nook of the world, perhaps dozens and dozens of times.

For all that is good in this game, there is still a bit holding it back from being outstanding. The lack of direction is at the forefront, especially if you put the game down for a while and come back with no idea of what has happened previously. I spent hours wandering around trying to find out what to do next. It’s incredibly furstrating and it even made me put the game down a few times.

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The other downside is that the humor of the show doesn’t translate well to this game. While some lines are delivered with a bit of flash and flare, far too often the text – and the game as a whole – doesn’t do justice to the show it spawned from. This is not to say the text is bad; it’s just not great. I’d describe it best as calling it adequate, which is a problem most games have now a days.

Conclusion

I haven’t written a lot about The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom because there isn’t a lot to say. Everyone knows what a classic Legend of Zelda game is, so if you like that, you’ll probably like this. If you like everything except the somewhat difficult puzzles found in Zelda, you’ll like The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom.

It is a clone of The Legend of Zelda, but it’s a good clone. If you are short on games to play during this early year lull, then grab a copy of Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom. You’ll be entertained long enough until the big titles of 2015 hit.

Adventure Game Fans – Buy!

 

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Adam Roffel has only been writing about video games for a short time, but has honed his skills completing a Master's Degree. He loves Nintendo, and almost anything they have released...even Tomodachi Life.

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