As fans of Adventure Time, one of the most satisfying things about making Time Tangle was putting in all the special abilities for characters from the show.
It works like this: during your random questing, you’ll sometimes find a mob of enemies chasing one of your friends (like say, a an angry flock of chickens going after Lumpy Space Princess), or a villain holding one of your friends captive inside a cage. Once you beat up the threat and save your friend, they’ll share an epic high-five and your friend will momentarily join you when you tap their icon.
Jake the Dog works a little differently. As Finn’s best pal, he’ll track you down to various locations and wave you down. If you run up and high five him he’ll help similarly to other friends, except his special ability is contextual. This means he’ll help you in a variety of different ways depending on circumstances.
During the planning phase of Time Tangle we started with a huge list of potential characters to include, then had to trim this list down to a manageable number. This was definitely one of the most agonizing decisions we had to make throughout the game’s development! In the end, we kept the friends who had the most interesting and unique abilities, weighed by our own personal bias towards favorite characters. We managed to fit in a few super niche favorites, so we hope big-time fans of the show will be pleased!