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Jetpack Joyride

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
Jetpack Joyride App Poster Image
Fly high on a machine gun while trying not to die.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Jetpack Joyride wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it meant for learning. 

Ease of Play

It's a very easy game to play. Your character moves forward at a constant pace. You control his flight trajectory by keeping your finger on the screen for varying lengths of time. However, the game does not come with any instructions -- you learn to play by trial and error.


The game's hero (named Barry) rides in a machine gun propelled jetpack, killing countless people who are scurrying for their lives. It's done in a cartoonish way, but the workers (dressed in hazmat suits) are never shown to be hostile. Other weapons include an armed machine gun, a giant robot and bombs that toss your lifeless body further after you're stuck down by either an enemy missile or electrical charge. 


One of the game's bonus machines is a motorcycle called the "Bad as ride" -- a clever play on the more objectionable language, but alluding to it all the same. 


The game uses the in-app "news" function to upsell the developer's other titles from time to time. Coins letting you upgrade your jetpack, appearance, or buy advantages in the game can be bought via in-app purchase ($2 to $30). 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jetpack Joyride is a side-scrolling action game from the developers behind the popular Fruit Ninja. Barry Steakfries, the game's hero, steals a jetpack that's armed with a machine gun and tries to escape the lab. The object is to get as far as you can without dying -- and you will ultimately die. The violence is cartoonish, but the people scurrying on the ground are never identified as evil in any way and don't try to stop Barry if he runs past them, raising questions about why he's firing on them. Coins letting you upgrade your jetpack, appearance, or buy advantages in the game can be bought via in-app purchase, but they are also earned as you play, so it's not necessary to pay for them. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 6, and 8 year old Written byMomma comma July 15, 2013


I have it myself. There is a machine called bad as hog that may or may not fly over heads. You do have many ways to die which may bother you. The scientists may... Continue reading
Adult Written bybigmacattack9 February 28, 2012

What Are We Thinking?

First of all you are not KILLING the people. They are scientists being knocked over. What is CSM thinking they're just trying to rip this game. Although, I... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic March 16, 2012

Outstanding Game - with action required

An excellent and addictive game. Kids will love this game and will want to get the highest score possible.
Kid, 11 years old February 25, 2012


I mean it's not THAT bad and you can get rid of the machine gun quickly if you get enough coins. if you hit people there is no blood and it is done like co... Continue reading

What's it about?

In Jetpack Joyride, players attempt to escape from a laboratory after stealing a specialized jetpack that propels itself by shooting bullets. They have the option of running or flying through the air, shooting scientists on the ground. They will also have to avoid spinning electrical arcs, which destroy the jetpack and end the game. Players can also get power-ups, which include a mechanized suit and teleporter, to help them get further in the game.

Is it any good?

JETPACK JOYRIDE is the epitome of the "one more turn" title. It may be somewhat simplistic in its gameplay and not have a ton of original elements, but the game is so well polished and executed that you can't help but continue playing again and again and again. From the variety of bonus weapons -- like the stomp suit or the bad as hog (a clever pun on the more objectionable term) -- to the fun enhancements you can buy with coins (earned within the game or available via in-app purchase), it's downright charming. And the inclusion of Barry Steakfries, a hero in other games by the developer, is a nice nod to the team's dedicated fans. For a dollar, it's impossible to wrong with this one. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (The game is free to play; optional in-app purchases range from $2 to $30.)
  • Release date: September 1, 2011
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 18.20 MB
  • Publisher: Halfbrick Studios
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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