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Jetpack Joyride (PSMinis) Review

 
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At A Glance...
 

Formats: PS3, PSP, PSVita
 
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Final Score
8.5
8.5/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


Addicting side scrolling action

Not so much?


Moves at a fast pace that may be too challenging for younger players


Final Fiendish Findings?

Jetpack Joyride is a highly addicting game that has that coveted “just one more level” feel that has you playing for an hour when it was supposed to be five minutes. The environment is colorful and challenging, with all kinds of missiles, shocks, laser beams and more to knock you right off your jetpack just when it’s getting good. The variety of missions and tons of upgrades available makes it a game with a whole lot of replay value, and the fact that it’s a mini means you get even more bang for your buck. Often times the move from mobile to console doesn’t go well, but Jetpack Joyride is definitely a game that can hang with the bog boys.

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Posted December 3, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

It’s time to take a joyride!

Unless you’ve been under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard the name Jetpack Joyride before. It’s an extremely popular mobile game that has captured the hearts of many. If you aren’t lucky enough to own a smartphone or tablet, or even if you just prefer your gaming console style, then you are in luck. Beatshapers has brought Jetpack Joyride to the Playstation as a mini (meaning it’s playable both on your PS3 and your Sony handheld). Does this addicting mobile has what it takes to play with the consoles, or is it yet another game that is best left on its original platform?

Jetpack Joyride is a side scrolling game that has you playing as Barry, a cute little guy with fabulous hair who just happens to own a pretty swanky jetpack. You have no control whatsoever of Barry’s speed as he zips through the levels – he goes at a steady pace, and you have to roll with the punches, avoiding obstacles and collecting goodies for as long as possible without dying. While you can’t jump per se, Barry’s jetpack allows him to shoot up into the air, which works a lot like jumping, only you have to plan ahead a bit more. The jet pack goes up pretty swiftly, but it goes down at an arc, making zipping over and under burning obstacles a real challenge at times.


While you are going to want to get through as much level as you can on each play, that isn’t the real goal of the game (which is good, because that sort of thing can get boring pretty quickly). As you begin, you are given three missions. These include all sorts of different things, from getting through the level without collecting any coins or collecting a certain number of a vehicle, to high fiving scientists and making near misses. Completing a mission earns you stars, and also gives you another mission. You’ll always have three missions available, but you can keep on advancing as long as you complete any of the three, which means that if you are having trouble with a particularly tricky one, it won’t hold you back.

The stars you collect from missions are how you level up in the game. At first, you need to collect only three stars to advance to the next level. As you advance in the game, that moves up to five stars, then seven, and so forth. In addition to working at advancing in level, you can also collect coins to upgrade your vehicle, score sweet new jetpacks and gadgets, and even new clothes for Barry.

Collecting coins can be done in the level, of course. They show up really often, in all different cool shapes. You can also get bonuses that award coins. But my favorite coin collector is with spin tokens. Spin tokens show up at random intervals in the level, flying up and down and generally trying to make themselves hard to collect. When you die, you are taken to a slot machine, where you can either directly cash in your tokens for coins (where’s the fun in that?), or spin the wheel to win prizes like a second chance in the level, explosives (boom, baby!), head starts, and of course, coins. You get one spin for each spin token you collect, and like a regular slot machine, it only pays out if you match three. It’s a fun little addition to the game, and really makes you chase those spin tokens.

Jetpack Joyride is a highly addicting game that has that coveted “just one more level” feel that has you playing for an hour when it was supposed to be five minutes. The environment is colorful and challenging, with all kinds of missiles, shocks, laser beams and more to knock you right off your jetpack just when it’s getting good. The variety of missions and tons of upgrades available makes it a game with a whole lot of replay value, and the fact that it’s a mini means you get even more bang for your buck. Often times the move from mobile to console doesn’t go well, but Jetpack Joyride is definitely a game that can hang with the bog boys.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)