Feb 25, 2013

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5 Things Parents Should Know: Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!!

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Today Vivid Gamer is proud to continue the new recurring feature: 5 things parents should know. Here at Vivid Gamer, we want to try to help educate parents about various games. More than a review, this feature will help you learn about the game. Going beyond the ESRB ratings, we’ll let you know what might not be suitable for children or what might actually be acceptable, so you can make a more informed judgement about whether or not to allow your child to play the particular title.

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! is a 2D side-scrolling adventure game available for the 3DS and DS handhelds. Released back in November 2012, this title retails at $30 and has an E10+ rating due to animated blood, cartoon violence, and comic mischief. If your kid is a fan of the cartoon show, you might want to check out a few things before purchasing this game for them.

1. Difficulty Level

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Older children should be able to handle the difficulty within the game while younger kids (those under the age of 10) might have some trouble in progressing through the game. It is once you get toward the final boss that your kid, regardless of age, might come to you in hopes of getting past some of the more difficult parts. Something that helps with the difficulty is how common the health restoring food drops are and how easy they are to use. There is not just food items but items that grant extra power to Finn in order to get an edge on enemies. These food items are great for when the difficulty proves to give younger kids some trouble.

2. Dialogue

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Those who pick up either version of this game will want to know that it does not feature a fully voiced vocal track. If you have a child who cannot read or has trouble with some of the hard-to-pronounce words, you will likely need to read the lines to your kid. Another thing worth noting about the dialogue is the occasional suggestive remark. Young children might not get the meaning behind them but older ones will. There are also a couple of remarks that suggest violence in the form of kicking an enemy’s butt.

3. Comic Violence

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The violence within the game isn’t too bad. Finn uses his sword while Jake is able to use his fists to attack enemies. When defeated, enemies usually blink a couple times before disappearing. However, a select few will turn into a pile of what appears to be organs before disappearing in a puff of smoke.

4. Single-Player Only

This is mainly for those who have more than one kid who is a fan of Adventure Time. If you have two or more kids who want to play this, you will either have to invest in a copy for each kid or have them take turns when playing. Luckily for those who decide to have their kids share one copy, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! has three save slots so that each kid can their own game.

5. Faithful to The Show

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The odds that the main reason your kid wants this game is for the Adventure Time name and characters. As I had mentioned in my review, fans of the show will love the fact that this game is like an interactive episode. Kids and their parents who watch the show will recognize each character.

With Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!! having a E10+ rating, kids who have a basic grasp on playing a 2D side-scrolling adventure title will have fun with this game. Even though the difficulty can get tough towards the end of the game, Adventure Time does offer plenty of health-restoring items for players to use. If you allow your kid(s) to watch the cartoon show, then the dialogue and violence shown in the game should come off as being similar in nature. Just be prepared to help from time to time.

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About Elizabeth Burnette

Traversing the world of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Catch me on Twitter @TheLiztress and on the PS3 at The_Liztress