Summary: With so many "runner" games on iOS, another one is certainly a hard sell. But there's a reason these games are so popular. It's a simple concept -- a character moves continuously from left to right at an ever-increasing speed, the player's goal to jump, slide, or whatever to avoid obstacles.
Excerpt: Yesterday, I reviewed Canabalt , an Android and iOS game where you attempt to run as far as you can while dealing with various obstacles. This type of game is very prevalent on the platforms, as the simplified controls of just touching to screen to jump, fly or whatever else you need work very well.
[Game Review] Jetpack Joyride Is Everything A Mobile Game Should Be, Plus Robot Dragons
24 August 2012
Excerpt: taught me three important lessons when I was a kid: Jennifer Connelly is smoking hot, Nazis are all evil, and the only thing cooler than a test pilot in pre-war Hollywood is a test pilot with a rocket pack stolen from Howard Hughes.
Summary: Jetpack Joyride is just as good on the PS3 as it is on the mobile devices (I have indeed played both). It’s a simple game with surprising depth and responsive controls. It has a surprising amount of replayability, and there are a number of goals to reach for as well as trophies to earn.
Excerpt: Halfbrick Studios comes up with some of the most interesting apps. I played Jetpack Joyride for months. This little game is fun, and very addicting. When I heard it had come to the Playstation 3 I jumped on the opportunity of playing it for a review.
Jetpack Joyride soars on the wings of micropayments
Quarter to Three
10 January 2012
Excerpt: Every game of Jetpack Joyride opens in a room with a gramophone playing a languid holiday ditty. A jetpack sits on a table with a sign next to it that reads “DO NOT STEAL”. Some scientists shuffle around.
Excerpt: Jetpack Joyride, Halfbrick Studios' awesome take on cave fliers, was just released and is now available from the app store. Featuring the usual Halfbrick spit-and-polish and a wealth of gameplay elements that keep things fresh, exciting, and painfully addicting, Jetpack Joyride is a terrific example...
Pros: Best version of a cave flier by far, Great visuals that invoke past Halfbrick titles, Catchy arcade soundtrack, Simple one-touch controls, Vehicles, missions, slots, in-game currency for buying items, GameCenter and OpenFeint integration for leaderboards and achievements
Cons: Rare loss of progress (after battery died, we lost a bunch of money but retained level), Currently no syncing across devices, Can’t stop playing
Conclusion: The folks over at Halfbrick sure knows who to create an addictive experience for iOS and following in the footsteps of Fruit Ninja is Jetpack Joyride - a game that manages to combine a bunch of mechanics that have proven successful on iPhone and iPad.
Pros: Wonderfully addictive, brilliant presentation, simple yet with lots of variation, catchy tune.
Cons: Negative achievement aren't much fun, more varied backgrounds would have been appreciated.