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Jetman has crash-landed on a distant planet, with ledges suspended in mid-air and populated by various nasties, and he must escape and find his way home. Your first task is to retrieve each of the three parts of his spaceship, in order, and carry them over the base part. After this, you must collect enough fuel to be able to fly away, again by picking it up and dropping it over the ship (you don't have to actually make contact with the ship in doing this). Once you've filled the ship up, you can fly on to the next level, in which you must again refuel.

Each level contains various bad guys, with different attack patterns; you have a laser to shoot them for points, and must avoid contact with them. Diamonds can be collected for bonus points, and you get an extra life after every 10,000 points.


Jetpac VIC-20 Blasting enemies
Jetpac VIC-20 Title screen
Jetpac ZX Spectrum Ship 4 level 4.
Jetpac BBC Micro Gameplay

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Jetpac Other

Alternate Titles

  • "Jet Pac" -- Alternative spelling

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User Reviews

A very good version of Jetpac, but with some faults VIC-20 Katakis | カタキス (43089)
Great game, and good looking to (even though it’s on the Spectrum) ZX Spectrum Nakre Nakresson (73)
A timeless arcade classic ZX Spectrum lights out party (64527)
Tricky Fun ZX Spectrum Tom White (14)

Critic Reviews

Commodore User VIC-20 Apr, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Popular Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Nov 17, 1983 39 out of 40 98
Computer and Video Games (CVG) VIC-20 Feb, 1984 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1983 9 out of 10 90
Commodore User VIC-20 Feb, 1984 17 out of 20 85
Home Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Jun 21, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Game Reviews ZX Spectrum Oct 28, 2015 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Personal Computer Games BBC Micro Dec, 1984 7 out of 10 70
The Game Hoard ZX Spectrum May 04, 2018 4 out of 7 57
Your Computer VIC-20 Feb, 1984 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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1001 Video Games

Jetpac appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Rare included a version of Jetpac in the Nintendo 64 release Donkey Kong 64. Players could unlock the game by finding 15 banana medals. Taking a picture of 6 Banana Fairies unlocks the game for regular play in the "Mystery Menu" option.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Shoot-'em-ups (editorial staff choice)
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Golden Joystick Award 1983: Winner Game of the Year
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #52 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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