For anyone who has been watching Cartoon Network in the past six years, you will inevitably have heard of the Adventure Time series starring Jake the dog and his adoptive brother Finn the human. After starring in several games across various genres, developers Vicious Cycle Software have made Finn & Jake Investigations, a graphic adventure game starring various characters from Pendleton Ward’s fictional universe.
Living in the land of Ooo, Finn and Jake regularly encounter various friends and enemies such as the Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum. In Finn & Jake Investigations, the two main characters discover an old ticker tape style machine, which has the uncanny ability to receive requests for help from the citizens of Ooo. After learning that their parents were originally detectives, both Finn and Jake decide to heed the requests of the machine and solve each problem as it arises.
Each of the five cases in Finn & Jake Investigations are completely independent of each other, although they do share a common theme, as stated by the game’s narrator. As an added bonus, the opportunity to guess what the theme consists of is provided at the end, if you should choose to do so. Although the quest stars both Finn and Jake, you only control the former throughout the adventure, although it is possible to use Jake’s shape shifting abilities to solve puzzles that require extra height or an extended reach. The bread and butter of the gameplay is that of a textbook adventure game, but it is distinctly closer to the fast moving gameplay of The Odd Gentlemen’s Kings Quest reboot, rather than the sometimes slower pace of Telltale Game’s stories of intrigue.