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What's it about?
In JETPACK JUMP, you are a long jumper, but one who uses a jetpack and what seems to be a lack of gravity to go further. There's no explanation as to why you're allowed to use a jetpack to launch yourself to new heights or across large distances. There's also no explanation about why the league you're in is always the same, but perhaps you're at the top of your game. Either way, you're trying to set the largest distance possible with each leap.
Is it any good?
While this arcade sports game is seriously undermined by an overabundance of ads, that doesn't overlook how simplistic it is, and how quickly it runs out of fun. In Jetpack Jump, you're a long jumper, but one who lives on a planet that has less gravity but more jetpacks than Earth. Using your device's touchscreen, you have to tap once when you hit the launch line, again when you land to bounce up, then again when you land a second time, and then have to hold your finger on the screen to use your jetpack until it runs out of gas. The objective here is to jump further than you did before.
Sadly, that's all there is to this. While you can improve your character and his jetpack, there's not much else in the way of challenge or variety. Sure, it helps to tap at just the right time to get the biggest bounce, but this is easy enough to do after a couple rounds. Not that you'll get that far, since, thanks to an abundance of ads, you won't want to play this for more than five minutes. It also seems wrong that your final distance isn't where you land but where your body ends up after you stop moving entirely, especially since you always crash and then slide a bit. All of which is why the only time Jetpack Jump will make you jump for joy is when you delete it off your device.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about advertising. Do all the ads in Jetpack Jump annoy you because they're constantly showing up on the screen? Do you think that's the only reason why there's an ad-free version for sale?
Why do you need to balance your screen time on Jetpack Jump with activities away from a device? Do you think playing games away from a screen are less fun, or more fun?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with ads and microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 13, 2019
- Category: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Size: 135.70 MB
- Publisher: Kwalee
- Version: 1.2.6
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: August 17, 2019
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