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  • Summary: Your birthday is ruined when your dad is dad-napped by a madman. Now you, your pet rock, and Sparkles the giraffe will have to fight your way through levels filled with platforming, bizarre enemies, and big bosses in the name of friendship and hotdogs to save the world.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 13, 2018
    91
    Shortcomings aside, The Adventure Pals is a superb action RPG platformer. With a fun story and an expansive world to explore, this adventure really augments the Switch lineup, and at a modest price. Definitely worth a look.
  2. 85
    Regardless of the overall simplicity or the uncomplicated design, The Adventure Pals is a really charming platformer that is a joy to play whether by yourself or with a friend in co-op. It’s a lighthearted, jokey journey filled with a plethora of fun ideas that is eminently enjoyable, especially with a younger gamer.
  3. Apr 11, 2018
    80
    The platforming is tight and precise, yet relatively relaxed and easy-going on the whole, and the game’s perfect cast of bonkers characters provides humour, wit, and a genuinely loveable world to explore. A couple of little niggles stop the game from hitting the true heights that it deserves to reach, but we’d urge you to look past these and dive into the fun. If you’re a fan of platformers and cute things, you need to play this game.
  4. Apr 13, 2018
    80
    While levels may feel stale later on and combat could be better, The Adventure Pals is still a solid platformer with tight controls and an incredibly imaginative and humorous world that is more than worth checking out for its price.
  5. Apr 29, 2018
    80
    The Adventure Pals has a good co-op mode, an endearing design and its goal, which pretty much achieves, is to make players smile. Is there anything more Nintendo than this?
  6. Pulling obvious influence from a very popular and similarly-named cartoon series, The Adventure Pals stands on its own strengths as a fun, whimsical platformer for the whole family, even if it's a bit less complex than you might expect at first.
  7. Apr 18, 2018
    60
    The Adventure Pals, while endlessly visually appealing, funny, and enjoyable in its light combat, feels far too drawn out due to its lifeless stages, weakening an otherwise delightful experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Sep 19, 2019
    10
    This is a true gem, one of the best platformers that I played ... ever.
    If you like Mario then make sure you don't miss The Adventure Pals.
  2. Apr 22, 2018
    10
    This is a fantastic game - for kids. Because I bought it for my five-year-old son, I rate it a ten - he loves it. Great graphics, pretty easyThis is a fantastic game - for kids. Because I bought it for my five-year-old son, I rate it a ten - he loves it. Great graphics, pretty easy (so far), but nice gameplay. The music for me feels a bit repetitive but otherwise this is a great game. My personal opinion would be don't expect this to be anything like Celeste - it's not at that level. But really, it doesn't aim to be that kind of game. If I had bought it for me I would have a different view of it ... but that sad I am loving playing it with my son. So whatever. Great stuff. Expand
  3. Aug 13, 2018
    9
    If you have a kid at home, this is the best co-op action available on Switch: responsive, forgiving, unexpected and terribly funny (theIf you have a kid at home, this is the best co-op action available on Switch: responsive, forgiving, unexpected and terribly funny (the player two giraffe is an unicorn). Kirby Star Allies could learn a lesson or two from Adventure Pals. Expand
  4. Apr 15, 2018
    9
    The Adventure Pals was one of my most highly anticipated games of 2018 and on nearly every account it lived up to my own self-made hype. TheThe Adventure Pals was one of my most highly anticipated games of 2018 and on nearly every account it lived up to my own self-made hype. The art is beautiful, the worlds and characters have personality and the platforming is fast paced and addictive. It’s great that this game is accessible to everyone and I loved every minute playing it. Sure some people might say it’s an Adventure Time knock-off but for me, Massive Monster have created their own unique world which I can’t wait to go back and play in The Adventure Pals 2! Unfortunately I did experience some performance issues later in the game, but this may vary from game to game.

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  5. Apr 16, 2018
    8
    The Adventure Pals Review - Bring Your Backpack and a Buddy
    By Tim Palmieri
    Comical characters, vibrant visuals, and quirky capabilities
    The Adventure Pals Review - Bring Your Backpack and a Buddy
    By Tim Palmieri

    Comical characters, vibrant visuals, and quirky capabilities make this repetitive adventure worth experiencing.

    Adventure Pals combines platforming with beat ‘em up style combat and light RPG elements. The absurdly hilarious story follows Wilton, a boy determined to save his father and the world from Mr. B’s sinister plot to turn people into hot dogs. Wilton forms an unlikely trio of pals with Sparkles the giraffe and a rock named Mr. Rock.

    Packing Your Bag and Starting the Adventure

    Starting a new file sends players into a quick tutorial that sets the stage for the rest of the game. Outside of one bit where you’re told to destroy a block, the game intuitively teaches players through well-crafted level design. For example, hitting a switch at the start of one level sends a saw blade into an enemy, informing the player to be cautious. Level mechanics follow this simple pattern before increasing in complexity.

    The levels themselves blend together in terms of graphics and gameplay, despite varied mechanics like toasters increasing jump height. Names like Port O’Potty are clever, but similar enemies and backgrounds in the same area make unique mechanics less memorable. Many puzzles will leave players smiling in amusement, although they might have trouble recalling the details days later.

    Levels occasionally feature different objectives like collecting certain items or defeating a specific enemy. These unique missions make stages seem different on the surface, but the player still progresses through puzzles, opening chests, and defeating enemies the same way they always do, making varied objectives feel like every other level.

    This repetitive feeling is also apparent in the game’s combat. Almost every enemy is easily defeated with a few quick bat swings by tapping one button. Additional abilities like dodges, shield breakers, and combo continuers make fights even more of a breeze. Bosses, on the other hand, feel far more creative and enjoyable thanks to unique arenas, animations, and attacks that take more strategy to counter.

    Palling Around the World

    Players ride Sparkles across a colorful overworld filled with themed areas. One standout is the wasteland filled with slippery green blocks that Wilton can slide up vertically. Various Easter eggs like the Jurassic Park gate are also amusing.

    Natives ranging from toast people to an eccentric mailman help make every world feel distinct with witty quests and characters. Without spoiling too much, one involves a man hopping on a chicken to save his wife, who turns out to be a pig. Post quest text from characters and small changes to towns like the dethroning of a dictator, make the world more immersive and aid in the sense of accomplishment and progression.

    Searching for Sugar and Other Collectibles

    Levels are broken into five sections, each with their own hidden cupcake collectible. Many sections feature multiple paths which leave the player wondering which trail leads to the cupcake. I occasionally found myself tediously backtracking from the end of levels to take a different path that would hopefully lead me to the cupcake. Minor nitpick, although the compass remedies this.

    Cupcakes are fed to a cat in exchange for new hats and costumes. I put a fez on Wilton and dressed Mr. Rock up as a slice of pizza for most of my adventure. Interestingly enough, Sparkles isn’t customizable. Every level also hides one of Wilton’s lost stickers, which serve no purpose outside of looking adorable.

    Coins scattered throughout levels can be used to open treasure chests and purchase items like bombs and potions. Coins are plentiful enough that players can comfortably open most chests throughout the game without ever feeling the need to purchase any items from the shop. This ensures gathering collectibles is never a hassle and gives players the option to make the game easier or harder depending on the number of items they want to use.

    Limited items like bombs kill multiple enemies almost instantly, while potions either make Wilton invincible or gradually restore health. Unique items found only in red chests grant Wilton temporary offensive powers. Most are standard fare, such as fire damage and critical hits, but the ability to throw turtles at enemies after every attack is strangely satisfying.

    Progression and Charm

    Whimsical jingles, fanfare, and fluid controls create a greater sense of progression and enjoyment. Despite a small selection of songs, worlds have catchy tunes that don’t get old. Mashing one button to beat up a giant hot dog feels like a job well done, until it happens too many times.

    For the rest of the review, visit Virtual Haven.
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  6. Apr 23, 2018
    7
    What a wonderful game that could easily have cost more than the £10 it's going for. The level design gets a little samey after a while, theWhat a wonderful game that could easily have cost more than the £10 it's going for. The level design gets a little samey after a while, the platforming feels a little imprecise sometimes and the combat is largely mashing the attack button. Those for me are the 3 things which hold this back from a higher score but, for the most part there's plenty of room for error in the platforming so that wasn't often an issue. It's just great fun to run and jump and giraffe-copter through the levels. This is the first game in a long time that I've gone on to 100% partly because is shorter nature but also credit to the enjoyable play loop. The story is daft by design but fun too as is the dialogue and the cast of bizarre characters. Happily with such a plot there's plenty of space for a follow up which I'll be sure to pick up. Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2018
    5
    The game starts off great, it plays well, it has a crap load of charm, but the more I played it the more I realized how shallow the gameThe game starts off great, it plays well, it has a crap load of charm, but the more I played it the more I realized how shallow the game really is. The npc's hardly have any impact on the game other then dishing out a quick quest, the dungeons or whatever you'd like to call them are repetitive and long winded. Was a good game, now, I just think it over stays its welcome. Expand

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