Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mr. Jump - App Review

Mr Jump app for Apple iOS is a simple minded replay game that’s all about jumping with leaps and bounds; bet you didn’t see that coming. Run a side scrolling retro maze, leap precipices, avoid jaggies that make you go ouch, learn from trial and error, and hit that replay button faster than a junkie jonesing for a fix. This one is addictive and fun, until it isn’t. (continued)

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Mr Jump app presents in landscape mode to reveal a neo-retro looking platformer sorta environment. Your mission, is to traverse this side scrolling terrain and make it as far as you can before going splat. Disclaimer: You will go splat often, so keep your finger at the ready on that replay button. The play is deceptively addictive, and smartly included a percentage readout denoting how far you made it before biting the big one, which successfully adds imperative and Pavlov mechanics to your replay. There’s precipices to leap, obstacles to avoid and a monkey on your back sorta addiction that just won’t let go, that is, until boredom sets in. I was all gung ho on this one, until I reached my saturation point and lost my taste for it entirely; thus is the dilemma plaguing many a replay game.


The controls use two lone digits to deliver the goods, and all functioned well, so there’s no blaming that when you suck at this game. The graphics go for a neo-retro pixel presentation that’s pleasing to the eye, colorful and deceptively inviting. The animation is smooth and clean throughout, granted, it doesn’t have a whole lotta flash and pop to render either. The sounds are entertaining for a little while, but the MIDI inspired riffs soon grate on the nerves and inspire use of that glorious mute button.

Mr Jump is genuinely entertaining and addictive… just not for very long. I thoroughly enjoyed this app, for a little while at least. This one is destined to be a one hit wonder; played today, forgotten tomorrow. 


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