Developer: Pinpin Team
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.7
App Reviewed on: iPad Air/iPhone 5s

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Playtime Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

It isn’t often an iOS game has me hooked to the point that I cannot part ways with it, but for me, Pyro Jump became that game. While everyone else was struggling and cursing their way through Flappy Bird, I instead was getting similarly frustrated at this fiery little number.

IMG_1847A platform game that requires great dexterity and precision, Pyro Jump involves taking control of a fireball who has to journey across a series of wheels in order to reach the end of the level and rescue Princess Paper. In typical platform gaming style, as soon as the player has come to grips with the controls (which involve no more than a simple tap on the screen when executing a jump), each level continues to increase in difficulty as more hazardous wheels and jeopardizing obstacles are introduced.

If Pyro has a particularly nasty fall or accidentally jumps headfirst into some deadly spikes, he floats off to the heavens and players have to retry the level from the beginning. What makes this further challenging is that if I literally have reached the end of the level and unintentionally end up jumping past the princess into the abyss, I’ll have to retry the level all over again. That said, each level is short and, in retrospect, doesn’t take too long to complete. But it’s the main slog of having to restart continuously by messing up that adds to the overall time spent playing.

To keep things more exciting, each of the 100 or so levels have a series of time trial scores that players can attempt to beat in order to retrieve a gold, silver, or bronze medal. As an added bonus in terms of replayability, players can return to this even after collecting all the flames and getting the three-star rating for each level. Furthermore, it’s a fantastic reason to challenge friends and try and outdo the overall best time.

IMG_0975I actually played through this game on both the iPad and iPhone in order to figure out which was the better to play it. I actually switched from iPhone in order to finish the game on iPad, simply because the game was much more frustratingly challenging on iPhone – maybe because the screen was far smaller and I was at more of a disadvantage when it came to perceiving my surroundings.

All in all, Pyro Jump is an incredibly enjoyable and accessible platform game, with plenty of levels to continuously entertain for the long haul. The game is full of heaps of various new challenges, and has so much personality that it never gets old. Along with its lively soundtrack and vivid, characterful graphics, Pyro Jump is a solid platformer that has the potential to keep flourishing.

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