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Sidescroller: Avoiding the cartoon claptrap

From a certain perspective, video games already are cartoons.

From a certain perspective, video games already are cartoons. Sure, many of them may be muscle-bound cartoons with a penchant for gun violence but they are cartoons nonetheless. So, then, playing a game based on your favorite preexisting cartoon character makes perfect sense. Let’s review a couple!

‘Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!’

System: Nintendo 3DS

Publisher: WayForward

Rating: 4/5

As a games reviewer, nothing brings upon more dread than the prospect of reviewing something based on a current TV show or movie. They usually suck the suck of a thousand sucks. Thankfully, “Adventure Time” breaks this curse.

In short, this game is a “Zelda” clone populated by locations and characters from the “Adventure Time” universe. If you are a fan, you’ll get a kick out of how well the designers preserve the cartoon’s heart. If you aren’t, you’ll just like exploring, fighting monsters and collecting items. The only downside is the adventure time it takes to complete “Adventure Time” is awfully short.

‘Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion’

System: Nintendo 3DS

Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios

Rating: 4/5

Games based on Disney cartoons have always been pretty good. Back in the old days, kids marveled at game versions of “Ducktales” and “Aladdin.” The sidescrolling was simple and the level design was fantastic. Well, Disney is finally paying homage to the 8- and 16-bit era with this 3DS pseudo-sequel to Mickey’s greatest adventure.

The good? Mickey runs and jumps through famous locations almost as well as a certain mustachioed plumber. The game also features cameos from just about every Disney character ever. The bad? The designers shoehorn in a lot of needless touchscreen functionality that gets old fast.

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