Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Check Out this Game: Jetpack Joyride

Halfbrick has been able to create a simple but extremely addicting title with Jetpack Joyride. The focus of the game is to get as far as you can. You do this by flying lovable Barry Steakfries up and down an ever-changing corridor, populated with scientists to scare, and various bolts, beams, and missiles to evade while proceeding on. I love that Halfbrick decided to include Barry Steakfries in this title and they should be applauded. Halfbrick is one of the few mobile publishers that have created a gaming persona that has been presented successfully in a number of their titles. Barry also made an appearance in Monster Dash, as well as Age of Zombies.

The most addicting features to this game are the missions. Each mission rewards you with range of one to three stars per completed mission. Missions have great variety. Some require pinpoint accuracy on where and how to die, and others will require a considerable amount of skill. One of my favorite missions required me to high five a larger number of scientists. To complete this mission, not only did you have to run on the ground, but you also had to make sure you didn't scare off the scientists by using your jetpack. It was a fun for for me, and was a good example of the game's humor and focus on fun rather than skill.

Now, the stars you collect will level up your ranking, but you can also collect coins throughout the level. Once you collect enough coins, you will be able to unlock new player skins, new jetpacks, weapon upgrades and even boosts. These additions add something to continue to work towards, and are fun to look at. Some are even either comical renditions or flat out cameos from other popular mobile games. The profit bird is a thing of beauty.

The game's simplicity of simply of one-touch control also makes the game easy to go back to. I consistently find myself playing "just one more" round. Give Jetpack Joyride and try, and you will not be sorry.

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