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Jetpack Joyride
Reviewed on: iPhone/iPod
 
Developer:
Halfbrick Studios
 
Publisher:
Halfbrick Studios
 
Release Date:
Available now
 
Genre:
Runner/Platformer
 
Available On:
iPhone/iPod
 
Official Website
 
 

Score: 4 / 5

After hearing all the hype about this highly anticipated new iPhone game from Halfbrick which we all know for its largely successful game Fruit Ninja, I decided to purchase Jetpack Joyride and see what all the fuss is about. I admit that I was pleasantly surprised.

In this game you join Barry Steakfries as he breaks in to a secret lab to steal experimental jetpacks from the clutches of science evildoers.

When I first saw an example of this game, I immediately thought that this was a mere clone of iCopter. A simple one-click game where you control the height of a helicopter to avoid obstacles. In a way this game is just that, only taken to the next level and they have done that wonderfully.

This is a kind of run survival game where your turn ends when you crash and you start back at the beginning. Your success is calculated by the distance you travelled in conjunction with how many coins etc you have collected. You can then use the coins to buy upgrades, costumes and other useful or just cool looking items.

The single tap control scheme is easy to use and is perfectly responsive on the iPhone. The use of coin and bonus pick ups adds a lot of fun into the game and the art is clean and pleasing to the eye.

If there were one word to describe this game it would have to be ‘badass’. You have a machine gun jetpack and pick-ups like rockets, a ‘bad ass hog’ motorcycle and teleporter. Who wouldn’t feel awesome teleporting around a science lab kicking little evil scientist butt?

I’d say for 99c, it’s worth it. A lot of fun and I can see this being addictive for a lot of people. The only thing I will say against it is that it took me a little while to work out the control scheme, as there was no tutorial level. It just throws you straight into the action. But maybe that’s not a bad thing, I’ll leave that for you to decide!


 
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Lucas
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