Jay Armstrong, part of Massive Monster, has been working on their first commercial release, The Adventure Pals, for almost three years. I sat down to talk with him about the development process, making delays for the better, and more.
So what do you get when you cross a kid, a magic giraffe, a sentient rock, and an evil maniac who wants to turn all the world’s old people into hotdogs? Aside from what would be potentially the greatest Doctor Who episode ever, obviously. (BBC, get at me!) The answer is The Adventure Pals, of course! This colourful, cartoony platforming adventure from Massive Monster is due out in early 2018 on desktop, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and to say it’s been a bit of a journey getting here has been an understatement.
We’ve already talked a bit about how developing the game has gone, and showed the game off to press and players alike at PlayStation Experience 2017. To see people playing it was pretty exhilarating, but also a little nerve-wracking. Would they like it? Would they enjoy it? Would they say nice things about it on the internet that we could print out, tape to the ceilings above our beds, and stare at intensely in a way that is totally not troubling whatsoever? Turns out, luckily for us, the answer was yes!
Mario Brash at COGconnected.com says, “Since platforming is effortless, it couples with combat to make for a seamless, action-packed experience. The madly receptive controls make for great pacing in every mini-adventure. Such fantastic pacing also makes The Adventure Pals an easy platformer to pick up and play, more so than its peers.”
EGMnow.com says “The Adventure Pals is a zany, off-the-wall 2D action-platformer that will put a smile on your face the entire time you’re playing it. The colorful art style pops off the screen and channels cartoons like Steven Universe or Adventure Time.”
Nath and Hollie with PlayStation Access say, “I played this and I basically lost my mind. It is the most amazing side-scrolling adventure platformer, think Adventure Time vibes with a slightly Scribblenauts aesthetic… It’s so much fun.”
Even IGN was nice enough to give us some great coverage with this article showing off ten minutes of exclusive co-op gameplay. That’s right! The Adventure Pals features drop-in, drop-out co-op, so you can play the whole thing by yourself, you can also pass a controller off to a buddy if one happens to show up (ideally with pizza and sodas) and they can simply start playing alongside you.
The Adventure Pals is still a ways off, and we’re focusing on a ton of balance, polish, and bug fixing. We want to thank everyone who has supported us so far in 2017, and we’re eagerly awaiting sharing the game with the world in 2018! If you’d like to learn more about the game, visit the links below, or hey, hit us up!