Parents' Guide to

JARS

By Rose Behar, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Spooky, kid-friendly tower defense with clunky controls.

Game Mac , Nintendo Switch , Windows 2021
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This is a fresh and fun spin on the tower defense genre that's hampered by strange design choices. The somewhat clunky design decisions in Jars are apparent in the gameplay controls, which are separated into two distinct menus rather than one streamlined one. Additionally, there's a moment in the story mode where you must use a particular species of minion that players can only purchase through the in-game store. If players don't have the money, they must go back and grind levels or play the hero mode for a considerable amount of time -- which can be a frustrating experience. Additionally, the progression often feels unbalanced, with most levels skewing toward too easy, and a few quite difficult ones peppered in randomly. Still, among the plentiful levels (there's easily 10 hours of gameplay here), there are some delightful stumpers.

The quality of JARS' art is delightful, and it does well to provide players with comic strips and animated cutscenes as they progress -- a chance to see Victor and his pals feels like a worthy reward. While the story itself hangs together loosely, the worldbuilding is fantastic. JARS delivers most of the details about Victor's environment through encyclopedia entries that the player can view between levels. The entries go into depth on how certain minions and nasties came to be in the voice of Victor's father, providing insight into that character. Overall, the game is a decent casual puzzler with the added benefit of beautiful visuals and an endearing story. Despite a few clunky aspects, it's worth the buy for hours of gameplay alone.

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