Dec 12, 2013
Ski Safari Adventure Time brings back Cartoon Network’s Jumping Finn Turbo, going up against the nefarious Ice King in this skinned version of the endless runner Ski Safari.
Finn has allusions to being a championship downhill skier, or so it will feel in this one. The playing area is downhill, left to right, with windy, bumpy, snow-covered slopes. There are boulders embedded in snow, presenting ever-present dangers up front; behind Finn’s back is his nemesis, the avalanche-surfing Ice King.
The gameplay starts with Finn’s trusty canine companion Jake dashing in to warn his sleeping friend of the thundering danger. Finn starts the downward journey on his bed, and it goes, uh, further downhill from there. The aforementioned rocks are best avoided by tapping the right post of the screen to jump. Further to that, for those feeling especially funky, backflips can be performed by manipulating the left part of the screen. Careful though; stunts do earn bonus points, but face-planting can be disastrous.
This is because the whole point of the game is to travel as far as possible, collecting collectibles and upping high scores by avoiding being caught by the raging snow. There are plenty of helpers and interestingly themed characters: bananas that double as surfboards, riding dogs and objects that give flight over periods of time. The slope gets sharper, and game speed picks up over time, and collisions and crashed landings burn up helpers and/or upend and stop Finn. The latter is especially bad, as the run ends when the snow overtakes our hero.
The game also uses an updating lists of quests, like traveling a set distance with nothing but the hiney, or using a particular tool to travel through a particular area. There are arcade elements like gold, magnets and boosts as well.
Fans of Adventure Time will like the familiar artwork and the characterizations. Finn and Jake are their usual misshapen, adorable selves, and the game incorporates coloring that works if a little subdued. The gameplay is not the most sophisticated, but that also lends to the built-in charm. The unending action is what makes this one so engaging, and it will be worth multiple looks… and runs. It builds upon a great game and at the very least that can be admired.