Review Jupiter Jump
Simpe and fun, but in a diabolically maddening and addictive
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 17 Jul 2014, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Retro arcade play, decent graphics, really addictive, simple controls
Unbalanced difficulty, animation is a bit laggy
Jupiter Jump for Android is yet another retro arcade classic style game from the mad developers at Noodlecake.
Jupiter Jump, like any true arcade classic, is diabolically simple and dangerously addictive. This is one of these games that you play, round after round, trying to best your last score, as it drives you absolutely nuts when you just can’t seem to do it. One game I’ll get a killer score, the next I die right after the word ‘go!’ It’s both maddening and compulsively addictive.
The play is exceedingly simple: your spaceship has crashed on Jupiter and you've gone bounding out of the ejector seat. Now your mission, is to bounce and bound through the plasma lines, while avoiding mines that make you go boom and die. And you will die… often. The pace is fast and frantic in this non-stop, side scrolling menace.
The controls are just one finger screen taps to bounce; that’s it. So you gotta plan your bounces right to leap where you wanna go and not leap into what you don’t. The controls are very responsive, and they had better be, because they literally only serve one function. The animation is crude and simple, just like an old Atari game, but that’s also what makes it charming. The play is simple, original and addictive.
Jupiter Jump is a lot of fun. It’s the kind of game you can play here and there when you got a minute to kill, but more likely, you’ll be huddled around your screen going nuts, wondering where your day went.