It looks like it’s pretty official now – there’s an Adventure Time video game coming to the 3DS and DS this Fall, as confirmed by the press release posted on the Frederator Studios blog. Creator of the wildly popular cartoon series, Pendleton Ward, announced the game less than officially on his Twitter account a couple months ago, but it’s nevertheless reassuring to finally see a proper press release with the final title (sheer brilliance, by the way) of the game, cover art (final or not), and a confirmed release window. It’d be nice to know, however, if this is going to be purchasable physically in a retail store or if it will be a downloadable title.
For those not in the know, WayForward, the same developers behind some of the greatest platformers released in recent years (Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, Mighty Flip Champs, Mighty Switch Force, A Boy and His Blob, etc.), has begun working very closely with Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward to create a game based on the Cartoon Network series. It’s anyone’s guess right now, however, as to what kind of gameplay it will boast.
If WayForward’s track record and the nature of the show itself are any indication, it’s safe to bet it will predominantly feature platforming gameplay, but likely with a few surprises thrown in. It’d be neat if, for example, gameplay switched to a top-down view for dungeons, mimicking The Legend of Zelda, or if rhythm-based sections along the lines of Rhythm Heaven made their way in. I’d also expect some RPG elements to come into play, as well. Levels, stats, weapon and form upgrades – the sky’s the limit. The Land of Ooo lends itself to a game like this, being largely inspired by classic and modern video games in the first place, and it’ll be interesting to see how WayForward and Pen Ward flesh out this fantastic world we’ve thus far only been able to glimpse through our television screens.
It’s a fairly safe bet the game’ll be great – after all, the show actually does have a decent plot if you care enough to follow it (a rarity among cartoons today), lots of surprisingly developed characters living in an eerie, post-apocalyptic world, and kick-butt tunes (again, inspired by retro gaming). With all of these elements colliding in a game, well…I just hope our DS’s and 3DS’s don’t explode from all the awesome. The next few months are going to be an exciting time for Adventure Time fans. And who knows – if this game proves to be a success, maybe it’ll re-open the door for quality games based on our cartoons.