Review Jelly Inc.
Get jelly with it
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 29 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Generous rewards, controls are responsive
Repetitive level design, aesthetic incentives aren't enticing
If you’re the type of person looking for a good challenge, the next wall to beat your head over until you finally break through it, you’ll definitely want to check out Jelly Inc. for Android. It’s an endless runner and platformer that forces you to think quickly on your feet pushes your reflexes to their limits.
Let’s talk about the game’s art style first. It uses a pretty basic pixel art aesthetic that doesn’t seem to try and make heavy use of nostalgia to its benefit. Levels are white and look really clean. The jelly blobs you play as are simple designs, too, as are the few human characters you see in the game. Level design is equally simplistic. You’ll find the same obstacle patterns over and over again, which can be useful as you learn to actually get around them, but eventually it gets annoying after seeing them so many times.
The game is very difficult, but the reward system seems like it actually wants players to succeed. I seemed to get coins at a pretty frequent rate, and I found that the longer I played, the more progress I actually made - this is an example of how repetitive level design can be a double edged sword in many cases.
Coins can be used to revive yourself so you don’t have to start all over and they can also be used to purchase new jellies you can play as. Unfortunately, I didn’t really find any of the aesthetic rewards that enticing. Jelly Inc. is a fun platformer/endless runner but it has a bit of familiarity to it.