E3 2018: Hands-On at Outright Games

E3 2018: Hands-On at Outright Games

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion
Finn and Jake awaken one morning to find The Land of Ooo entirely flooded. Who is behind this dastardly deed? Can it be reversed? And where did all these pirates come from? You’ll need to figure out the answers to all this and more in the new action-adventure game Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion from Climax Studios. Well, it’s listed as an action-adventure game but there appear to be plenty of RPG elements involved.

This is a big open-world game with a ton of locations to explore from the show. It’s a standalone adventure incorporating a ton of characters directly from the show along with the original voice actors. While the show’s creators aren’t directly involved with the game but they did approve the gameplay and script.

The game looks gorgeous and the show’s style translates very well. It’s Adventure Time through and through so fans will get the kind of wacky adventures and dialogue they’d expect. The boat you’re traveling on, “Jeff”, was named by a fan poll. Apparently “Boaty McBoatface” couldn’t quite muster up the votes – I asked.

While traveling across the newfound seas, Jake and Finn will break into sea shanties, often based on where you’re headed, and there’s plenty of garbage to pick up in the water if you want to find some good stuff.

The pirate battle we encountered felt like an old RPG with both sides lined up taking turns attacking and healing. I just wish I could have had more time with it to see how deep the game is, but we should learn more soon with the release right around the corner.

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion ($39.99) releases July 17, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC Digital.

Crayola Scoot
Crayola Scoot aims to be a family-friendly game that, for better or worse, will draw a lot of comparisons to Splatoon. Up to four players split-screen take to the park in this kid version of Tony Hawk on scooters.

You start off by choosing and customizing a character then picking their signature color. This is the color you’ll be spraying all over the park so it should probably be one you really like.

Several game modes are available for either single or multiplayer including Color Frenzy, Splatter Tag, Crazy Crayons, Trick Run, and S.C.O.O.T., where you have to top your opponent’s trick each time to earn a letter, much like H.O.R.S.E. in basketball.

The trick to the game is, well, tricks. Much like Tony Hawk you’ll need to grind rails and do tricks and flips off the tops of ramps and such. Doing so fill your color meter and you’ll need it to cover the world in the color clash. Riding over your own color gives you a boost and fills your meter while riding over an opponent’s color will slow you down and drain your color. It can mean the difference between winning and losing.

There are twelve parks in total spread across three different worlds. Winning events will allow you to buy all different kinds of cosmetic upgrades for your characters and you’ll also have the ability to upgrade the scooter and your rider’s style.

Overall it seems easy enough for younger children to pick up and play, even if they can’t master the tricks and flips. It’s an interesting push and a pretty safe way to bring the Crayola brand back to videogames. The big question is whether families, or just consumers in general, will be willing to give it a shot.

Crayola Scoot ($39.99) will be released October 23, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC Digital.



Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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