Developer: Bubblegum Interactive
Price: Free
Version: 1.1.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Jetpack Jinx is an adorable arcade jumping game that puts players in charge of navigating a little purple monster with jetpacks strapped to his back to his Starship that crash landed on a mysterious planet. While the game mechanics aren’t innovative, Jetpack Jinx is addicting and will have players saying “just one more time,” as they work hard to complete all the achievements.

Navigating Jinx is as simple as tilting the iOS device left and right. The main objective is to collect gems to fly higher while avoiding obstacles and enemies. The levels become more difficult as gamers fly higher and the obstacles get even more outrageous. Gamers earn coins as they continue to fly by completing the missions, which can be used to purchase power-ups to help them climb higher in the sky. There are also power-ups in the game itself like multipliers and a magic hat that fills the screen with gems.

While players continue to fly, it’s possible to jump off platforms and enemies to prevent crashing down to the start of the level. It’s also possible to tilt Jinx from one side of the screen over to the next so players need to be quick on their feet. Each level is unlocked once a certain distance is reached.

The graphics in Jetpack Jinx are rather well-designed, and the background music and sound effects pair nicely with them. Also, the tilt controls respond well.

This pick-up-and-play title is fun for all ages, but it’s not without a couple of flaws. As mentioned before, it’s not completely original and it does have some resemblance to games like Doodle Jump and Hyper Jump. It could use more to make it stand out like Game Center integration. Also, there are in-app purchases since this is a freemium title. This means players can utilize them to get higher scores and advance without putting forth much effort. It’s not a deal breaker though because it’s not a requirement to purchase anything to beat the game. Also, the game doesn’t feature any advertisements, and it doesn’t constantly bombard players to purchase anything—which are both major brownie points in my opinion.

Overall, Jetpack Jinx is an easily recommendable game. It has all the right elements for a solid title, it’s addicting, and it is often quite challenging. Since it’s completely free, gamers who love this genre will want to add this to their collection. I’m still having a hard time putting it down as I type this review.

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