Handheld Game: Jetpack Joyride Review(iOS, Android, PS3, PS Vita, PSP)

Posted: June 14, 2013 in Reviews
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Every so often I will be reviewing handheld games, I know that a lot of people play games on their phones and other handheld devices, so I will be reviewing them for people who don’t want to search through and download a lot of useless games and apps.

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Jetpack Joyride is quite an addicting game which balances skill, luck, and timing into one simple yet effective package, which can be picked up and played by anyone. Jetpack takes skill, but it’s a skill you learn over time just by playing, and playing often is very possible. There are many games out there like Jetpack, games that test reflexes, timing, speed, but it stands out to me because there are absolutely no pressure to use actual money to buy items, you can go into the stash and use real money to buy coins, but there is no reminder and no ads, and yet there are many updates adding content.

With no pressure to use money and no ads, it would be a safe bet that this game comes at a price, but amazingly enough it’s free across iOS, Android, Playstation Network on both the Playstation Vita and Playstation 3 devices. iOS users will have the benefit of extra jetpacks and clothing, but the other platforms have plenty of content. Buying jetpacks and clothing takes coins which are collected as you play, there are also spin tokens you can collect, they are used on the final spin wheel after you crash and can earn you additional coins, make your next run a double coin run, give you a second chance in the current run, to just giving you a 750 meter headstart next round, and there are 10 different prizes to be won.

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But you’re not just stuck buying only jetpacks and clothing, there are also 18 gadgets, you can use two gadgets at a time and they do not have limited use, they can make coins magnetic, guarantee you win on your last spin, turn some coins into gems that are worth two, make you bounce or slide further after you crash, or even give you a free ride. The Free Ride gives you a vehicle, there are 6 vehicles to use, these also have upgrades in which you can purchase, they are found in multicolored boxes at random throughout each run, and these are not your conventional vehicles.

The vehicles consist of a hog motorcycle, a teleporter, a personalized robot, a metal flying bird, the gravity suit from the game Gravity Guy, and a metal flying dragon named Mr.Cuddles, you will be able to use these vehicles until you crash, but they act as a second life so you can keep going after you’ve crashed it. The are separate upgrades that will make these vehicles gold and add coin magnets to them, they collect more coins than your character Barry will with his coin magnet, and vehicle magnets are extra useful on double coin runs.

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There are 3 main obstacles to avoid, Zappers which are essentially Tesla coils, Missiles which fly in from the right side of the screen, they will give warning before they fly in, and Lasers which are avoided with careful flying, they will have a few different patterns but there are no zappers or missiles to avoid when dealing with lasers, so they can act as a small break. With only a few obstacles it may sound easy, for the first 1000 or so meters it will be, but after that the game picks up the pace, the Zappers are strategically placed, there will be more Missiles, and one tiny mistake will make you crash, it gets intense while remaining very entertaining.

You will not be just flying for coins and tokens, there are also missions to complete, these will have you high-fiving the little scientists walking around, or avoiding them all together, there are quite a few missions which get recycled over time, you’ll have three missions at a time which don’t have to be completed until you are ready. Completing missions will earn you stars which will level you up, leveling up will earn extra coins, after you fully complete 15 levels you’ll be given a badge and you’ll continue on to more missions and more leveling up, there are at least 600 character levels, but the coin amount resets after 15 levels and so does the character level title.

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There are quite a few jetpacks to choose from, just like the vehicles most are unconventional, you’ll start off with the typical jetpack but there is an snow machine which uses ice as propulsion, a rainbow jetpack, to the more expensive Piggy Bank which uses money as propulsion, among many others, iOS users will also get a Twister jetpack, and a DIY which is just a balloon with tape on it. On all platforms there are awards, they don’t add anything to the game but can be fun to collect, and there are separate sets of twelve trophies for both the Playstation Vita and Playstation 3. There is also a stats screen with five separate categories, among the stats you’ll be able to keep track of game play time, how well you’re doing with vehicles, how you’ve crashed, the amount of deaths, to the amount of money you’ve collected and spent, it’s a nice addition.

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There are not that many glitches I found throughout, at times the gadgets won’t work, you can get closer to the Zappers in some runs, the backgrounds are always the same at each point and there is no way to change it. You’ll get hit by something that should have missed you, at times he will propel to the top way faster than usual, and from time to time it will lag which can throw off timing, but these problems do not ruin the game, they only happen at random depending on your device and the next run is just one press away. 

Jetpack Joyride is an addicting game and the short rounds make it entertaining and quick, the game has had many updates to add additional content and bug fixes which continue to make the game even better. HalfBrick seems to listen to their fans and through that have made a great, entertaining game, I had to put it down to write this review, but it’s still loaded on my PS Vita. The Vita version has the ability to use either the d-pad, face buttons, or the touch screen, and the colors seem deeper than some of the iOS, Android and Playstation 3 versions. All together there really is not a lot to this game and yet it can be hard to put down, if you are looking for an entertaining, addicting game on your cell phones or other handheld devices, this is a great choice.

Overall Score: 9/10

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