When it comes to games for the iPhone, we can hardly get enough arcade titles under our thumbs. We absolutely adore any title that has us competing with others (or ourselves) for a high score, especially if it comes with a unique premise, and buckets of charm.
Jumpy Jester is fresh off the press, and, with its flashy colors, high-flying fun, and endless challenges, we guarantee it won’t disappoint.
And for our full review, you need only slide down below the break.
Concept and Gameplay
The idea behind Jumpy Jester is simple, so much so that it takes mere seconds to someone how to play it.
You’ll be directing a small clown on the screen. When you see an emery approaching on the sort of conveyer belt at the bottom, tap the screen to jump. And that’s it!
There are no other tricky mechanics involved, no real challenges other than this one. And in a way, that’s really quite refreshing. It takes us back to a time when games like Pong were king, with only a single button press and a whole lot of hope.
In this way, you’ll be combating your way from low-score to high-score. The longer you can stay in the action without hitting one of the oncoming baddies the better. It’s tough at first, and it only gets harder. Occasionally, the game will throw you a bone or two in the form of a power up or extra life. But for the most part, you’ll be relying an awful lot on your sharp reflexes.
Graphics and Controls
Here’s the kicker, though: A lot of what Jumpy Jester has to offer isn’t so much about reflex as much as it is pattern creation. The game’s enemies are delivered on a mostly consistent, patterned basis. To avoid them, just tap at the right time, and then keep tapping on queue.
This is great at first, and other great games have certainly done this, but after a while it isn’t quite as exciting as a more random approach.
The controls, though simple, also feel a little soggy. They aren’t as snappy as we might like, making this approach to gameplay feel slightly slower.
All in all, though, it’s still a challenge, and one you can return to quickly and often.
At the end of the day, though, Jumpy Jester cannot be beat for the value. It’s still an engaging arcade title, and though it isn’t totally hiccup free, it’s a far cry from most.
Take it from us: If you’re looking for an addictive new title to add to your iPhone’s repertoire, you could do a lot worse than Jumpy Jester.
Jumpy Jester requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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