When it comes to developing games for Smartphones, very few developers are better than the Halfbrick Studios. The Halfbrick Studios have developed some of the best games like Fruit Ninja and Age of Zombies. Jetpack Joyride is another game that is added to the list of these amazing games by Halfbrick Studios. It is available for free on the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store.
Jetpack Joyride involves the player controlling Barry Steakfries as he steals a jetpack from a top-secret laboratory. The objective of this game is to travel as far as possible with Barry Steakfries using the jetpack. This objective has several obstacles like zappers, missiles and high-intensity laser beams. Any contact with these obstacles and the game is over.
As the player travels, he/she can collect coins and special tokens. The coins that are collected by the player can be used to unlock new accessories for Barry, different jetpacks, make vehicle upgrades, buy new gadgets etc. The spin tokens, at the end of the run, unlock a slot machine which gives the player various prizes, ranging from coins to additional spin tokens to a head-start to a player revival to explosives that can propel the player’s body to some distance after being killed. In case the player does not wish to spin the slot machine, he or she can cash in each spin token for 50 coins.
Rainbow colored boxes can be found throughout the run. When the player passes through these boxes, it unlocks many vehicles like chopper, robotic machines such as dragons and robots, teleporter, gravity suits and a plane shaped like a bird. These vehicles aid the player to cover a greater distance. The vehicle lasts until the player touches an obstacle.
One may think that Jetpack Joyride will become repetitive after sometime. However, this is not the case. The player is provided with 3 missions on every level and after the completion of one level, a new level with new missions are unlocked. This makes sure that the game does not become dull at any moment and the user can continue to have a fantastic gaming experience.
In a short period of time, Jetpack Joyride has become one of the most popular games for Smartphones. It is a winner of following awards:
- Pocket Gamer – Best Action/Arcade Game 2012
- Pocket Gamer – Overall Game of the Year 2012
- Gamasutra Mobile Game of 2011
- Game Revolution Best Mobile Game 2011