Price: Free to play
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2, iPod touch 4
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Jump Dewds developer Graveck might not be a household name, but they have made two of the more addictive games on the App Store: 10 Balls, 7 Cups (which still has one of the best iOS game trailers ever), and Skee-Ball. However, Jump Dewds is something completely different, a tilt and jump game that does some interesting new things. The goal is to try and collect falling coins. The problem is that these coins will cause the ground beneath the Dewds to crumble, so collecting them is not just a profitable suggestion; it’s necessary! Each Dewd has their own set of abilities that allow them to jump in different ways, from different types of multiple-jumps to bubbles that can allow them to float in the air.
The frenzy that comes from trying to collect coins that also will harm the player gives the game a unique dynamic that’s rather different from other endless games out there. It’s a welcome change. The soundtrack to Jump Dewds is an interesting choice: it’s heavily trumpet-based, so it sounds like an extremely upbeat Mafia movie. It can get a bit grating after a while, though. The tilt controls work well, though the wall jumping can be a bit finnicky with trying to hug the wall, especially given the game’s quick pace.
The online multiplayer brings a new spin to the game: now 2 players are fighting over coin collection, and with the playfield slowly disintegrating, it becoes a battle over the high-value coins, and to try and control the few elevated platforms remaining. Latency is practically a non-issue. Plus, the winner gets double coins, so it’s profitable as well!
Jump Dewds is free to play, and it thankfully uses just the one currency, handing it out regularly in-game and through the completion of objectives. Some character unlocks and powerup upgrades may take a while, though it’s really just a matter of playing the game enough to unlock them. Or buying coins to get them quicker.
Jump Dewds is a thankful reminder that it’s possible to do an endless style game that can do some fresh things. This is definitely worth the free download for fans of endless games.