Jetpack Joyride (Win 8) Review by Astute Vagabond

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02 Nov 2012 02 Nov 2012
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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
Very nice review, nice use of images and bery nicely broken down, well done.
Posted on 02 Nov 12 at 17:41
CheneyHeadshotJetpack Joyride's available on iOS too.
Posted by CheneyHeadshot on 02 Nov 12 at 18:17
^It's a review on the Win8 version, though. Also, this game is excellent and I highly recommend it! Great review, near perfect rating. :)
Posted on 02 Nov 12 at 21:54
Chris8875Yep, great review. Well done -thumbs up. And it is a wonderful little game too.
Posted by Chris8875 on 07 Nov 12 at 00:08
Hampshire VeganReally enjoyable game, and FREE! I loved it.
Posted by Hampshire Vegan on 15 Nov 12 at 12:18
AssassinGnomeNoob Question alert! how can i get this game?
Posted by AssassinGnome on 03 Dec 12 at 11:52
Astute VagabondFrom the store section of Windows 8 that you can find on the metro interface. I don't think the store has a search feature (which is terrible design IMO) but I think it should be near the top if you sort by most noteworthy and/or free
Posted by Astute Vagabond on 03 Dec 12 at 12:20
TRON0314@Astute The store does have a search. All searches in Win8 no matter what app it is are accessed in the search charm off the right hand side of your monitor. If you click search it will search in that given app or in anything else you wish. Quite a design upgrade IMO- Great design indeed.

Oh and great review!
Posted by TRON0314 on 10 Dec 12 at 04:40
Astute VagabondThanks for letting me know that Tron, I thought it was odd that there wasn't a search or find option. Good to know for the future that I can search!:)
Posted by Astute Vagabond on 10 Dec 12 at 22:00
grex9101Nice review, really enjoyed this game on BB Playbook (yeah, I know, I know..).

Can't wait 'til this comes out for WP8!

Don't get why people don't like this game, it's a mighty fine example of the sub--genre.
Posted by grex9101 on 29 Dec 12 at 23:19