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Jetpack (DOS)

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Written by  :  BillyMaysFan59 (74)
Written on  :  Dec 20, 2013
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Summary

One of my all time favorite DOS games

The Good

Great puzzle/action gameplay inspired by Lode Runner and Jumpman with other elements included that add originality to the game. Very easy to learn, while also providing a challenge. There are 100 levels in the standard game that increase in difficulty as you progress, and ensure a long and enjoyable experience. If a bit dated today, the graphics are still colorful and charming, and create that retro feel when you play the game. And best of all, this game comes with one of the best level editors to be featured in a game, which spawned a massive level designing community and cult following for Jetpack, making buying it worthwhile at the time, and adding infinite replayability. User made levels can still be found online today, though some of the fan sites are dead now.

The Bad

No music, although that would have been too expensive for the game's budget. A lot of the levels are ridiculously hard and require several tries to master. The game overall hasn't aged as well in popularity as bigger cult classics like Lode Runner, and the sequel has been vaporware since the 90's. (though it's being made now)

The Bottom Line

Jetpack is one of my favorite DOS games of all time, with its inspired gameplay, excellent design, and powerful level editor. If you can get over the aged graphics, somewhat laughable sound effects, and the ridiculous difficulty in some of the levels, Jetpack is a must grab for any puzzle/platformer fan, especially since it's freeware now. There are still tons of good custom levels that can be found online, so even after you beat the game there's plenty more to do, and you can make your own levels quite easily. I highly recommend it, and can hardly wait for Jetpack 2.