More Reviews
REVIEWS Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Rebor Review
Just a small update to the existing review for the PS4 version of the game. What are the benefits to upgrading? Check here to see. ~Ed. Nick Tan

Cut the Rope: Triple Treat Review
Cutting the ropes has never before made gravity so… pricey.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sniper Elite 3 Preview
Sending bullets through the hate.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Release date: Out Now

Trials Fusion
Release date: Out Now

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: 04/29/14

Bound by Flame
Release date: 05/09/14


LATEST FEATURES 4 PAX Indie Titles to Look Out For
We've given attention to all the higher profile games at PAX EAST, but now it's time for the indies.

Ouya's Best Games Coming to the Platform
The Kickstarter console is slowly establishing itself with a couple of creative gems on the way.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
So much more than war...
By shandog137
Posted on 04/18/14
The recent blog, Peace in the Era of Call of Duty  really made me think about war games that dig deeper than simply a kill streak reward. The first game that came to mind was Spec-Ops: The Line and although I haven’t played it, I began to wonder if it did the war genre as...

Jetpack Joyride Review

danielrbischoff By:
danielrbischoff
10/14/11
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS 1- 1 
PUBLISHER Halfbrick 
DEVELOPER Halfbrick 
RELEASE DATE  

Trade in slice and dice for Barry Steakfries and a bubble-blowing Jetpack.


I tend to lean towards the lesser known iPhone games. Anything free, underground, and more importantly, free is all right by me. Truthfully, $0.99 is my limit. I'm not about to spend $2.99 on something I'll only play as a distraction at family gatherings.

That's my excuse for not playing the fantastic iOS title from Half-Brick Studios, Fruit Ninja. Slicing and swiping at virtual fruit, avoiding bombs, and lining up combos seemed a little silly to me. Even after playing the game time and again, I found the fruity explosions silly, despite that addictive, arcade-y gameplay that's kept the title atop the App Store charts for months and months.

So now what am I supposed to do? Jetpack Joyride is ten times sillier and twenty times more addictive. I'd say we should just swallow the pill and enjoy the (joy)ride.

The objective in Halfbrick's latest is to steer our hero, Barry Steakfries, as far as possible through the underground base. You'll need to avoid zappers, lasers, and missiles while collecting coins, "spin tokens", and vehicle boxes. Ultimately you'll spend the coins on upgrades, both cosmetic and for your vehicles, new jetpacks and bonus abilities like head starts and distance-increasing bombs.

Yes, Jetpack Joyride is a lot like those helicopter games where you'd navigate a chopper into a narrow passage, but its vehicles provide bursts of alternative gameplay. Instead of tapping the screen to fly upwards, the Profit Bird (a playful money farting dig at Angry Birds) vehicle has you tapping the screen to flap its wings. The Crazy Freaking Teleporter gives you a moving target the vehicle will zap to when you tap the screen. Mr. Cuddles is a fire-breathing dragon that will set the hapless scientists on the bottom of the screen aflame.

Without a doubt, Jetpack Joyride is one of the deepest, more enjoyable iOS games you'll find in the App store. Adding to the equation is a reward system that, similar to Call of Duty, incorporates the points and coins players earn in game. Some challenges require you to cover a set distance in a specific vehicle. Another will require you to just miss a certain number of hazards in one playthrough. Another will have you rubbing your head on the ceiling.

Combining a score-attacking arcade game, the addictive challenges of Call of Duty, varying vehicle mechanics, and all the humor and absurdity Haflbrick can muster, Jetpack Joyride is a godsend of mobile gaming. While you still won't sit and enjoy the game for hours, it's an ideal burst of entertainment in the doctor's office, before boarding a plane, or on the can.

Review is based on play off the iPhone 4. Copy was purchased by the author.

A- Revolution report card
  • Gorgeous sprites
  • Score attacking and meta-challenges
  • Variety of challenges
  • Tons of unlocks with lots of humor
  • Still only good for 10 minute bursts
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.

More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Jetpack Joyride


More On GameRevolution