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.
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: Comic Jumper is another great game from Twisted Pixel that may not have as much value as ‘Splosion Man, but it makes up for it in bonuses and overall quality of the game to be worth 1200 points ($15 in the real world. The bonus content includes a lot of info on the game’s development and various aspects of the game, interviews with voice actors, early footage of the game, and even tangible items like gamerpics, a premium theme, some avatar awards, and some new levels for...
Conclusion: If you fancy laughing your way through six plus hours of frantic shooting that pays homage to all things great in digital media, you can do a lot worse than Comic Jumper. Yes it will have you swearing due to some unfairly placed checkpoints, but the constant stream of humour alleviates any brain pain that you feel. It’s hard not to fall in love with Comic Jumper, and it’s certainly a game that everyone should experience.
Pros: A lot of bang for your buck. Different gameplay styles. Brilliant humour.