Review Jetpack Pets
Control of rocket-animals
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 01 May 2017, tested on HTC One S
Decent animation, unusual game design, decent graphics, dynamic game play, simple controls
In-app purchases, features ads
Jetpack Pets is a flappy bird kinda game. But instead of a bird, it’s a dog with a jetpack. Tap to thrust the jetpack as your pet flies along in a wavy motion. Avoid columns and other random obstacles. One nice thing about this one is that there are checkpoints, so that you can actually progress quite far and see different sorts of obstacles. There’s also a progress bar showing you exactly how far through the level you’ve gotten.
The graphics go for a quasi-3D look, with stacks of lego bricks complete with shadows, and a kind of parallax effect with the moving background. But the visual elements don’t necessarily mesh together all that well. The characters are a completely different style from the background or the obstacles. That’s fine in it’s own way, but it does give the game a bit of tacky feel.
There are quite a few full screen ads, but it’s far from the worst I’ve seen. On the other hand the game seemed kinda glitchy. A couple of times, my jetpack dog just vanished, but the game remained scrolling by with me just raking up points.
The difficulty rating is about right, but Jetpack Pets just seems like it’s missing something. It’s unlikely to intrigue you beyond an hour or two at most.
Feels like every other endless runner
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 30 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Interesting visual graphics, has checkpoints
Feels like a reskinned Flappy Bird, suffers from worn out gameplay mechanics
Before we get too far into this review, let’s stick a disclaimer out there that it’s totally not safe or okay to strap jetpacks on your pets. That said, Jetpack Pets is basically a reskinned Flappy Bird with a few changes to the level design. You’re still guiding your character in between objects as it flaps its way through the level.
So, the best way to describe this game is it’s basically Flappy Bird with training wheels. The objects are now the lego towers you used to build as kids, or maybe you still do now. Tapping the screen lets your character start climbing through the air, and you have to build up a nice rhythm to get through the stages. Littered throughout the level are checkpoints, and you can theoretically beat the level if you keep at it long enough.
Once you get past some of the pillars you’ll notice there are these rotating enemies that patrol vertically across your path. There were a few times where I felt like the sync the enemies were flying it was almost impossible to get through, which was a bit frustrating. I did really enjoy the game’s visuals perspective along with the lego throwback.
Jetpack Pets is a great intro to an endless game for children. Unfortunately, the game is basically just a reskin of games like Flappy Bird. It also doesn’t hesitate to shove an ad towards you ever chance it gets, and frequently pops a full screen ad during times you’d start a new game or replay the level.