What do you get when you cross the cartoon hit Adventure Time with Banjo-Kazooie and Castle Crashers? That’s the question that Massive Monster asked themselves (probably) when developing their new IP, The Adventure Pals, and the results are starting to show as they dive deep into Kickstarter territory.

The Adventure Pals tells the story of a young boy and his best friend, a giraffe of all things, as they team up to take on the many quests and weird creatures they’ll find in the outside world. Like Rare’s bit N64 hit, your giraffe companion rides in a backpack and can be used to help reach otherwise difficult places … apparently by using its tongue like a helicopter propeller. Kids, don’t try that at home, okay?

The Adventure Pals is actually based off an earlier work by the UK team called Super Adventure Pals which definitely feels like Castle Crashers, but with a little less blood and guts. You can try it for yourself to get an idea of what to expect with the bigger, bolder sequel. You’ll traverse various landscapes, jumping from place to place and swiping away with your sword like an old-fashioned Zelda, using the various abilities of your pet giraffe to your advantage. The ultimate goal is to defeat the evil Mr. B, who keeps interfering whenever he gets the chance. There’s the promise of other strange boss battles, co-op for two players, mini-games and plenty of loot to discover in this more elaborate edition, and if some of the animations and videos are anything to go by, it should keep many a platform fan happy.

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can help bring The Adventure Pals to life by backing the kickstarter campaign. Various perks are available, as always, though I’m partial to the physical boxed copy reward which includes the game, CD soundtrack and a bunch of other goodies in a nice piece that would suit any bookshelf. But that’s just me. Go ahead and check it out for yourself.

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Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson

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