Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100G)
Android version: 4.0.4
As of Android version: 2.2
I'm sure you've heard of Jetpack Joyride, it's been enjoying a steady stream of success on iOS. Which is all fine and dandy, but what about us Android users? Now that the day has come that Jetpack Joyride is out for Android too we dove right in.
The gameplay itself is simple enough: slip into the role of Barry Steakfries who wanders into a secret laboratory and discovers a jetpack which he feels he must free from the clutches of some evil scientists. He does what any sane person would do: jumps aboard and whizzes through levels collecting coins.
We love us a good infinity game (hello, Doodle Jump and Temple Run).
A display lets you see how many meters you've covered, another reveals how many coins you've already collected.
Endlessly collecting items can become a bit dull, so a number of obstacles, such as lasers and missiles, that have to be circumvented have also been built into the game.
A few power-ups help boost your energy levels or rather provide you with alternative means of transportation (think: fire-spewing dragon!).
Controls are nice and simple. Tap in the display and make the figure fly upwards. When you're not touching the screen he loses momentum and lands on the ground after a while.
Collecting coins is free of charge. A special storage section harbours more jetpacks as well as other gadgets, and this diversity keeps the game new and exciting.
Jetpack Joyride has the coveted addictive factor that any casual game can only hope for. It's the type of game you want to turn to whenever you're feeling a little bored or need to kill a few minutes here or there.
Thanks to the various gadgets that are activated as you advance in the game there is also something egging players on without losing motivation.
We highly recommend this app if you're looking for a new casual game!
Screen & Controls
Jetpack Joyride is a pretty little package. Nice graphics that are simple but fun, and the menus fit the design neatly.
Controls couldn't be any simpler and the different means of transportation make for a diversified gaming experience.
Speed & Stability
The app does not require any complex hardware but it ties up nicely and performs smoothly. We didn't experience any crashes with Jetpack Joyride.
Jetpack Joyride is free and available from the Play Store. Halfbrick Studios have established themselves thanks to their hit Fruit Ninja (i.e. an infinity game that's highly addictive). While there are ad banners, we fully appreciate the developers have to be compensated for their hard work in some way, and we love that the company is providing users with fun games for free.