Up in the air
by Paul Devlin 5/3/2013
Product: Jetpack Jinx
Publisher: BubbleGum Interactive
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Casual, Platform
Aside from the rather marvellous Sonic Jump (yes, I said 'marvellous' and 'Sonic' in the same sentence, despite this not being 1991) it's been a lean time for the endless vertical platformer genre.
Perhaps that could be because the pinnacle of the sub-genre - Doodle Jump - is hard to improve on, so hardly anybody tries.
Jetpack Jinx's gravity mechanics and emphasis on zany power-ups do help it to stand out, while its cartoony looks make it ideal for younger audiences. Yet the steep difficulty and freemium costs could give less casual players a nasty case of vertigo.
A mostly welcome shot in the arm for the vertical platformer that, like a good sugar rush, only wears off when you need to keep buying more to give you a boost
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