There are moments in life when you need your best pals at your side. Pals are great for getting help with a project, or for going out on the town. In some cases, you need your best pals at your side to stop a madman from turning your father into a hot dog.
Yes, you read that right. Adventure Pals, a new platformer from Massive Monster, has an antagonist that turns old people into hot dogs. Adventure Pals doesn’t take itself too seriously. How can it, when your pals are actually a rock and a giraffe named Sparkles? In fact, Adventure Pals reminds me of a show that you might watch on Cartoon Network. It’s extremely colorful, has a bunch of interesting characters, and has a wonderful sense of humor. There are plenty of jokes for young gamers and nice funny jokes for adults.
Adventure Pals is a platformer through and through. You will jump, battle enemies with a sword and bombs, and fight your way through 5 different worlds. Your pals not only look awesome but help you throughout your adventure. Sparkles, for example, can turn knobs, pull you towards different areas, and use her helicopter tongue to float you around. Yes, that’s right. Sparkle’s tongue rotates like a helicopter and helps you navigate to different areas.
Massive Monster didn’t just make a routine platformer. They added a nice leveling system to help you improve and become more adventurous. Each enemy you kill drops XP orbs. Collect enough, and you will unlock an ability that will help you in combat and collecting loot. My favorite ability that I earned early on was the chance to have Sparkles bring me to an enemy as soon as my combo meter was high enough. It helped immensely in situations where I had multiple enemies attack me at once. The RPG elements work very nicely here.
Each of the worlds has various levels to explore, each level containing 5 distinct areas. Your end objective is to gather rubies, but along the way, you will most likely help citizens of the world with quests. At the beginning of the game, you will help a man find his wife…who happens to be a pig. The game is full of odd and memorable characters and locations. While the majority of the game has platforming levels, it is nice to have areas to visit where you can pick up quests and meet these characters. You can also take a break from platforming in order to take on arenas full of enemies.
Adventure time recommends that you use a controller, and the controls work very well. Controls are simple enough. The level design allows for some exploration, and they are not challenging. You will typically find collectibles in each level. For example, each area has a cupcake to find…which you turn in to a cat…who eats them and lays eggs with different customization options for you and your pals (that was a fun sentence to write). You can also collect stickers for your sticker book!
As I mentioned above, Adventure Pals is very colorful. The character design reminds me a little of Adventure Time, especially with the character’s eyes and mouth movements. The designers did a nice job make subtle changes to the backgrounds and characters as you visit each of the 5 worlds. The music is very charming and adds a nice touch to the game.
Adventure Pals is a well made and funny platformer. Right from the start, you will be laughing at all the characters and jokes. The level design is well done. I wish there was a bit more of a challenge to it. I enjoyed my playthrough, yet there were moments where I figured out the puzzle or the path to the end of a level a little too easily. I wonder if it would have been a better choice to make leveling up more difficult, so it would make the game a little harder. I will say that the bosses were a little more challenging (and very funny). Despite the ease, I do recommend Adventure Pals, especially if you are looking for a platformer that embraces its wacky sense of humor.
Adventure Pals is available on Steam, Playstation 4, and Xbox One for $14.99.
Note: GameOctane Editor Ryan Welch received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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RPG elements mixed with platforming
A bit on the easy side