LATEST iPHONE GAME REVIEWS
By Harry Slater 16 November 2012
Gear Jack | Developer:
Piwot | Publisher:
Forest Moon Games | Format:
iPhone, iPad | Genre:
Action, Endless running | Players:
1 | Networking:
Bluetooth | Version:
The auto-running platformer is a product of the smartphone age, in which simple controls and bite-sized levels are often more important than breathtaking graphics or deep multiplayer modes.
Gear Jack should be a prime example of the genre, but it falls at the final hurdle. After intriguing you with its simple mechanics and enticing you with its charming good looks, it spoils the auto-running party with a hard slap of frustration.
You don't know Jack
The aim of the game is simple. You're a robot in a spaceship that's starting to crash, and you need to work your way to safety. The robot runs automatically from left to right and you're given control over two of his actions - rolling and jumping.
With a few tweaks, Gear Jack could be a wonderful game. As it is, it's nearly crushed under a pile of frustrations