- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 1.9.22
- Size: 85.52M
- Compatibility: 4.0.3 and up
- Author: Halfbrick Studios
- Content rating: Rated for 7+
- Package name: com.halfbrick.jetpackjoyride
- Last update: 8 years ago
- Version: 1.9.30
- Size: 112 MB
- Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Author: Halfbrick Studios
- Content rating: Rated 9+ for the following:
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- In-App Purchases:
- Coin Booster Pack (20,000) $1.99
- Coin Doubler $4.99
- Coin Ultra Pack (100,000) $5.99
- Coin Mega Pack (50,000) $3.99
- Coin Barry Pack (250,000) $9.99
- Coin Ultimate Pack (1,000,000) $29.99
- S.A.M. Mystery Reward $1.99
- Starter Pack $0.99
- Sleigh of Awesome $4.99
- Fistful of Coins $0.99
Jetpack Joyride review
Halfbrick Studios has gained our eternal love and respect with Fruit Ninja, and some other developers would have exploited this niche until exhaustion. Thanks to Halfbrick, they know better than that and make some new games.
Jetpack Joyride is a new era take on horizontal scrolling arcades. Your character has invaded into the secret lab inhabited by evil scientists and stuffed with various deadly traps. Escape the lab, fly through obstacles and collect the power ups on your way.
You see, it’s all so simple and familiar, we have enjoyed this type of games since the 1980s. But the joy depends on how it’s done. And Jetpack Joyride is up to its name: the game gives you the real sense of flight, acceleration, and elevation. Some allusions reminding of Golden Era are inevitable in this genre, but they just add charm.
There’s no difference between different versions of Jetpack Joyride; iOS and Android versions are equally well done.
Is it worth expecting much from a 2D retro-styled game? No, you won’t be surrounded by artificial underground landscape, astonished by incredibly detailed monsters in 3D or futuristic machinery. The game rather looks like a comic-book, openly drawn with no ambition of photographic realism. Yet cartoon style suits this light-minded game.
Sometimes the picture seems too schematic (even if you use a device with 2K or higher definition). Yes, it’s hard to make out all the details: everything is moving. Fire chainsaws are rolling, electric wires turn on around you, mechanical suits activate on you with big badaboom, everything speeds up, and it’s not about concentrating on details, it’s all one solid action.
There are pauses between levels, so use them to enjoy graphical greatness. Yes, the game is greatly drawn, if you don’t expect from it something it’s not supposed to be. And yes, it would be a great gap not to mention the music. The 90s sounds complete the impression the game makes.
All these 2D scrolling runners look basically the same. Your character moves along the long lab corridors, flying up with his jetpack. It only takes one type of action: tap the screen to rise and let go to go down. There’s nothing bad in landing unless you run into an enemy or an obstacle.
Dangers are various here. You encounter terrible rolling chainsaws blazing with fire, missiles meeting you suddenly, electric wires that limit your freedom, and many other traps. You should avoid them not to die, and also collect vehicles. Any vehicle accelerates you and gives you one-time protection saving you at the collision.
Hold and drop, but think when to do it. That’s what makes this game such fun.Like any good arcade, Jetpack Joyride offers you a lot of coins hanging in the air. Sometimes they even form some word. Don’t try to collect all the coins; there’s simply too many of them. Anyway, you’ll miss some, so concentrate on survival and collecting come more rare powerups. The game is simple to learn but hard to master.
The developers did their best to add some diversity into the gaming process. The environment is changing (from underground tunnels to greenhouses and even underwater), mini games interrupt the action, missions vary from level to level.
Upgrades are very diverse: you can buy new jetpacks, protection devices, accelerators and other upgrades. Some are constant, and some are only used once, giving you an advantage in a single game. Some are caught while you fly. Birds collecting money, mechanical dragons, giant robots and other transformations are possibly the greatest part of the game. And there are outfits to select and unlock. They hardly change gaming process, but customizing your character’s look is a special kind of fun.
There is even online mode, though you don’t challenge each other on the same virtual playground — it’s simply achievement competition. Yet authorization on Google Play Centre gives you some more bonuses.
Simplicity rules. The only control element you use in this game is simple tap anywhere on the screen. You use it to rise, and if you quit tapping, you ascend slowly. Sometimes it goes vice versa when you use a dragon mech that tends to the top and ascends when you tap.
When it goes to selecting your powerups at the beginning, you simply select them with a tap. This simplicity is one step away from primitiveness, but that doesn’t spoil the fun.
Replay Value 5/5
Arcade games are much more often replayed than played. Even though you progress through the same levels over and over, your mission is different each time. The game provides you with quests you need to fulfill to advance to the new level. This makes replayability of this game virtually absolute. You won’t run out of levels or missions, there’s always the next one.
As a free-to-play game Jetpack Joyride offers some purchases that are not necessary, but they will help you advance faster or recover after lethal encounters. Like in most arcades, the more resurrections you need, the more expensive is each next one.
The coins can be collected while you fly, but purchasing a pack can save you a lot of time. After buying better equipment, you can reach better results in less time.
Once a game you can use one free resurrection. All it takes is watching a short video ad, promoting some other game. Some may find it annoying, but others may think it’s fun to discover new games for free.
Jetpack Joyride revives the illogical jovial madness of Golden Age. No need to explain what’s behind the story, you can rebuild it yourself. Now it’s about flying and collecting, upgrading and accelerating. This game is pure fun. And though the developers didn’t realize Zen Mode (like in their other hit – Fruit Ninja), Jetpack Joyride is a pure zen game with total involvement and not a moment to hold your breath.
A great action-packed arcade, a little nostalgic like arcades are, but that only makes it more attractive.
Pros : Rich graphics;
Easy and funny gameplay;
True nostalgic experience recollecting the Golden Age.
Cons : Old school manner (though it’s the question of taste);
No translation into many languages.
Replay Value 5.0