Parents' Guide to

Jetpack Joyride 2

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Classic action game blasts off with fast-paced play.

Game Apple Arcade 2022
Jetpack Joyride 2 Title Screen

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The classic action gameplay returns, and it doesn't feel like it's lost a single step (or should that be rocket blast?) in the decade since the original game launched. Jetpack Joyride 2 brings Barry Steakfries out of retirement with his superpowered contraption as he fights against Legitimate Research Labs and their experiments. Hordes of enemies come at you from the right side of the screen in waves, and it's up to you to shoot or dodge your way past them to complete the level. At the same time, you're keeping your eyes out for power-ups, gems, and coins so that you can upgrade your gear and accomplish missions. The gameplay is simple to learn and play, and the difficulty scales at an even pace. What's also great to see is how the translation to Apple Arcade has improved some of the play mechanics. Since you're not worrying about paying for gems to continue, the blueprints, gems, and coins you earn can be spent on boosting your stats, and there's so much you can enhance that it's a lot of fun to dive into multiple levels when you've got a few minutes to spare.

With this refocused attention on gameplay, it's hard not to notice that levels feel just the same as they did 10 years ago. Sure, it's nice that it's easy to pick up, and that you can even play it with one hand, but so much of the game feels almost entirely the same as the original. It would've been great if there were some vertical levels or some other kind of variety as part of the normal gameplay. As it is, the most creative stages are in the arcade, which allows you to play mini-games for extra items. It'd be awesome if stages were focused on the gravity suit, for instance, instead of it being a limited power-up. As a result, you may find yourself playing a few minutes of the game only once you've gained a few levels, because they all feel very similar. But if you want a bite-sized arcade experience, you can't go wrong with Jetpack Joyride 2.

Game Details

  • Platform: Apple Arcade
  • Pricing structure: (Apple Arcade subscription costs $4.99/month.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Halfbrick
  • Release date: August 19, 2022
  • Genre: Arcade
  • Topics: Robots , Space and Aliens
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: August 19, 2022

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