Parents' Guide to

Jazzpunk

By David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fight Cold War crime game with wacky humor, strange jokes.

Game Mac , Windows 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Pretty fun game some rude jokes here and there Nissan system sexual innuendos and inappropriate things but it's humorized and cartoonish nothing that your child probably wouldn't see on television I suggest 15 and older because there are some parts of it that you probably don't want it show younger children

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (3 ):

JAZZPUNK is great, but very distinct, and you should be aware it's somewhat short. The length (maybe about two hours, if you're motivated to blow through without getting distracted) shouldn't deter you from trying it or exposing a younger player to it; more attention and care is given to all the small details it warrants paying attention to. It plays with perception and perspective at nearly every turn (later in the game, use a computer and get a Windows error only to learn it's only a fake screen dangling from a fishing line), so it's good for stoking creativity. It also shows players the potential that video games have.

Everywhere you go in the game, you have to expect the unexpected. That can make it hard to identify what to, of course, expect or understanding what you're in for. For example, early on, your mission is to infiltrate the Russian consulate. If you talk to a frog by the side of the road on your way, you'll enter a Frogger-style mini-game to help recover his Wi-Fi receiver dongle to tap into the local Starbucks' Internet. Afterward, the frog will give you a frog visor to swat the names of networks with your tongue. This whole side mission is completely optional. Moments like that are lined up back to back for the entire game, so you'll either appreciate the game or not, depending on your personal taste and sense of humor. But Jazzpunk is so unusual, it's worth considering.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Mac , Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Adult Swim Games
  • Release date: February 7, 2014
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: March 8, 2019

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