What time is it? ADVENTURE TIME!
For those of you who have yet to experience the animated series Adventure Time, the general idea is this: the show follows the adventures of the boy Finn, the last human on Earth, and his adoptive brother Jake, a magic shapeshifting dog, as they fight evil, save princesses, and have fun… along with some rather dark and disturbing revelations about the world hidden between the lines of the happy bright comedy. Yeah, it’s one of those shows.
In Time Tangle, Finn end up punching a creepy looking creature that apparently controls time, and the only way to fix things is to travel across time and recover gems. Granted, Finn and Jake still take time to poke fun at the creepy guy, as is their way in the show. In fact, the voice acting and writing keeps the show’s trademark humor intact.
Gameplay-wise, this is another in the long list of running games, but at least the graphics and sounds are gorgeous, capturing the look of the series pretty good. Adding to the fun is the various appearances of the many characters that Finn and Jake have encountered during their adventures. The game tends to follow a pattern, where you play three random missions in a level (varying from carrying one character to another, chasing down a foe, or reaching a goal in time), then you have to chase down and face a boss. Thankfully, if you fail a mission, you don’t have to repeat the same one, making each playthough different, although eventually it will all bleed together like most mobile running games do.
Control-wise, you have a choice between tilting to control movement or using the touch screen, although I find both to take a while to get used to. And well, that’s pretty much it. If you’re a fan of Adventure Time, you’ll have fun with this, and maybe even if you’re not. However, if you don’t like running games, you may not change your mind over this one.
– Story and writing fit the show’s aesthetic
– So does the sound and graphics
– Random missions help keeps things from getting too repetitive
– Controls could use work
– If you’re not a fan of either the series or running games, it may not be fun for you.