Excerpt: The smiley face, once a great bastion of all things 90’s and dodgy techno trance has finally found itself a new home that we can all be proud of…. Comic Jumper. The appropriately named Captain Smiley, his pointy (and remarkably sarcastic) sidekick, Star and the usual long suffering personal assistant, Gerda are the good guys in the newest game to come from the crazy minds of those guys at Twisted Pixel Games and if it is anything like their previous effort, the awesome...
Excerpt: Each stage is preceded by banter between Captain Smiley, Star (the character on his chest) and assorted other guests that include a wad of paper masquerading as a hero and a tattooed concubine who wears lovely fur garments. The dialog in this game is genuinely funny most of the time, and voiced to perfection. A few of the jokes do seem the slightest bit forced, but even the worst of the humor is so bad it's good.
Excerpt: So does anyone want to clue me in as to when download-only console games became more than just expensive filler? Games like Shadow Complex, Limbo and Shatter have proven to me that disc-less experiences can be just as amazing as ones I've got to drive to the store to get. But when did this change actually happen? Was there one game that did it, or was it a gradual process? I may never get an answer I agree with 100 percent, but the age of great downloaded games is here.
Conclusion: It had me laughing throughout the entire thing, and also had me enjoying and coming back for more. I just found too much to love about this game and having it only cost me 1200 Microsoft points made it even better. It has to be my personal favourite game on the Xbox Live Arcade and one I highly recommend should be checked out by everyone.
Summary: If only for making people laugh, Comic Jumper is worthy of praise. It’s very rare to find a game that is consistently funny for 6 hours. Even though there are 4 duds for every zinger, the humour comes so thick and fast you can ignore the dross and revel in the successes. If the gameplay had been up to scratch, Comic Jumper could have been an indie delight. Instead it is a flawed gem.
Excerpt: Let’s get something out of the way here before we start. If your sense of humor has some…umm…limitations, shall we say, or if being bombarded with wacky pop culture references really annoys the crap out of you, then Comic Jumper will probably not be your cup of tea. For the rest of us, Twisted Pixel’s title aims to hit the aforementioned sweet spots while also bringing an over the top comedic adventure to the table.
Summary: The quirk-tastic wackadoos over at Twisted Pixel have made a name for themselves by creating unique, hilarious, and visually enticing titles such as The Maw and ‘Splosion Man, and the team have kept this tradition very much alive in their latest downloadable effort, Comic Jumper. The Xbox Live Arcade title parodies a number of classic comic book and video game tropes from the inside out. And as you'd expect, it's one absurdly absurd adventure you won't want to miss.
Pros: Various presentation styles are perfectly realized, Brilliant writing and meta storytelling, Diversity of combat scenarios keeps you on your toes
Cons: "Constantly hold trigger to fire" gameplay can get tiresome, Even when leveled up your guns feel weak, Enemy waves always last a few minutes too long
Conclusion: It's a generally known fact, at least according to my own studies, that nerds have more fun. There's just so much - from games to movies to television and books - that we can be entertained by. And the guys at Twisted Pixel clearly agree, since Comic Jumper is filled to the brim with references to the things we love and adore. First of all, as the title implies, it's a game about comics.
Pros: Hilarious dialogue, nerd-references galore, tons of stuff to collect
Cons: Twitchy controls, repetitive levels and enemies, some fights feel unbalanced