Jetpack Joyride (Win 8) Reviews

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    Jetpack Joyride is a variation on the ‘endless run’ style of games that are becoming ever more popular nowadays. It has considerable added-complexity to say, Canabalt, including a jet pack that fires bullets so already you can see it’s made some vast improvements.

    Graphically it harks back to the 16-bit arcade style of the early 1990s, although it’s not particularly ‘retro’ in any other respect. A Windows Phone 8 version has recently been announced (it's already on iOS) and it is perfectly suited to mobile and tablet gaming. Thankfully the controls are simple even using a mouse or keyboard so if you have a laptop you’ll still get a lot out of this game.

    As the name suggests, your method of travel is, for the most part, a jet pack, which propels you forward endlessly as you press the screen/mouse/keyboard to fly up or control your fall to avoid the obstacles and collect the coins. Your jet pack also comes with a handy machine gun which you use to shoot fleeing scientists running aimlessly beneath you.

    The plot, such as it is, seems to imply you have burst into a science lab of some sort and stolen their jet pack, as scientists flee before you as you try to escape the endless compound, alternating between warehouses, corridors and tropical forest backgrounds.

    It has 200G worth of achievements and unlike some of the other free Xbox LIVE games on Windows 8, they are well thought out and not token gestures. They do, though, follow the usual pattern for a game like this in that they encourage you to buy various items from the store, collect this and that and generally experience every aspect the game has to offer.

    The store, or ‘Stash’, as it is called in the game, allows you to buy upgrades, one-off special items, or new jet packs that give you special powers, all using coins that you collect while playing the game. It’s pretty standard stuff nowadays but it is well implemented and although you can purchase extra coins with real money it has a good balance between trying to encourage you to do so and not blatantly trying to rip you off like some developers seem to do.

    While Jetpack Joyride doesn’t necessarily break any new ground, it is a slick package that effectively uses all the features this type of game can have, including missions to provide different targets while playing the game, upgrades to purchase in the store and coins to collect, creating an enjoyable and addictive arcade experience.

    The Live Tile utilisation is one of the best of the free Xbox LIVE games released on Windows 8, flipping between your best score and distance and various missions the game sets you to progress in rank.

    If you try to play the game without being connected to the internet then you won’t be able to access your stats or achievements, so while the game is playable it won’t contribute to your progress, which is actually quite annoying. You would think it would be able to store the information locally and upload it when you next connect to the internet, but it doesn’t appear to do so.

    Jetpack Joyride won’t blow you away in the same way a game like Canabalt might have when you first played it and for the most part it follows the quickly established trends of ‘endless run’ style games.

    Nonetheless it’s excellent fun, well put together and well worth the asking price, which is absolutely nothing.

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    Publisher: Microsoft Studios
    Developer: Halfbrick Studios
    Price: Free/Freemium

    So the first batch of windows 8 games have arrived, Including a new freemium game from Halfbrick studios (the folks who made Fruit Ninja and Raskulls). In Jetpack Joyride you play as Barry Steakfries, the protagonist in iPhone games Age of Zombies and Monster Dash. In Jetpack Joyride Barry steals a jetpack and is determined to find out ' just how far he will get'.

    That really sums up the story for this game. It plays in the style of many flash games found on sites such as Newgrounds. The object is to travel as far as possible without crashing or otherwise coming to a halt. During your runs you collect coins which leads to unlocking new equipment to travel further... and the cycle continues.

    The description above may not seem like an interesting prospect, but anyone who has played these types of games before will know they can be very fun and addictive. Jetpack Joyride is no exception - in fact, Jetpack Joyride does a wonderful job of representing the genre and is the most enjoyable and addictive game I have played of its type. Constantly you find yourself saying ' just one more run and i'll beat my high score' or ' just a few more runs and I can afford that upgrade to get further' the latter of which is where the freemium aspect comes into play.

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    Although the game is available for free and is perfectly doable for free, it would take a lot of playing to grind money to get some of the best items. If you don't want to put the time in and would rather have some great attempts for high scores at the expense of some real life cash, there is the option to buy coins which can in turn be used to buy upgrade items. Surprisingly, these coins are very cheap to buy e.g. 1,000,000 coins for eight British pounds would allow you to buy out all customising equipment in the whole game.

    Other items that can help get some distance without requiring in-game coins or real money are vehicle pickups that can be collected in any run. The vehicles vary drastically and include the likes of a teleporter, a 'Hells angel' style motorbike and even a dragon called Mr. Cuddles. Lastly the player can collect spin tokens which - once you have crashed - can be used to spin a slot machine which can have a range of results from some extra coins, to a bonus blast or even a second chance life to travel further!

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    As you play their are missions to complete which relate to all aspects of the game. Completing these missions levels you up and you receive bonus coins for doing so. Once all missions are completed they can be cashed in to start again (think COD prestige), only this time with a new set of missions set for you.

    Graphically Jetpack Joyride is simple yet effective in design, with a vivid colour scheme and a great technique of making obstacles very bright, bold and 'in your face' so there is no mistaking what you need to avoid! The tune that plays is also very catchy and upbeat, however if you end up playing for hours the constant looping may cause a loss of sanity.

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    One issue I normally find with this type of game is the lack of any sort of goal - thus affecting longevity. Sure you can compete with a friends score if they are sitting next to you, but otherwise you have no target to aim for e.g. you cannot complete the game. Jetpack Joyride gets around this issue in 3 ways. Friends scores can always be viewed on the leaderboard, missions are given to be completed and finally there are achievements which will give a nice range of targets to aim for.

    Overall Jetpack Joyride is a fantastic and incredibly addictive game. A great example of the genre with plenty of content and targets to keep gamers occupied. The freemium aspect is well-implemented as the game is perfectly playable and all achievements can be earned for free, though the option to purchase coins is available at a reasonable price. All I can say is if you have Windows 8, get this game! It's free!

    Rating: 9/10