Jetpack Joyride

Common Sense Media says

Fly high on a machine gun while trying not to die.






What parents need to know

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. 

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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
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. At the beginning of the game, it forces players on iOS devices to choose between OpenFeint and Game Center as your "preferred service for viewing Achievements and Leaderboards." However, you must do more to activate them. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can opt in to Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app.

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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

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
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 1, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:18.20 MB
Publisher:Halfbrick Studios
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Parent 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 agree with the privacy and safety issue. OpenFeint tries too much to get you to join. Otherwise it's a fun game
What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Educator and Parent Written byAndrea M White August 28, 2013

Amazing but what about the violence glorified?

I have often played this game and has relatively like it but the fact that annoys me is the 'violence glorified'. There is so much fire, wrath, anger and anti-peace content glorified through this game. It is certainly fun for adults but a clear cut no for kids. On similar line, there is a game called ' Burt destruction'. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself while playing it. The storyline easily connects with the imagination and the fictional fairytale background my childhood has passed. The gameplay projects less violence and more fun.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old June 1, 2013

"The" Jetpack Joyride.

This is a fun game! I rate it 10 and up because when you get the motorcycle power up he has a gun that shoots the nerds. There are also missiles, so it's a little violent. I do not recommend this game for young children, they may get scared. I hope my review helped, and happy playing!


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