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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 ZX Spectrum Ship 4 level 1 - mantling.
Jetpac ZX Spectrum Third, defend yourself against various hostile forms
Jetpac ZX Spectrum Sometimes your photon laser phasers aren't enough
Jetpac ZX Spectrum This is very good defending and strategic spot

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Alternate Titles

  • "Jet Pac" -- Alternative spelling

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User Reviews

Great game, and good looking to (even though it’s on the Spectrum) ZX Spectrum Nakre Nakresson (73)
Tricky Fun ZX Spectrum Tom White (14)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) BBC Micro Dec, 1984 9 out of 10 90 (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct 25, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) VIC-20 Feb, 1984 9 out of 10 90
Commodore User VIC-20 Feb, 1984 17 out of 20 85
Retro Game Reviews ZX Spectrum Oct 28, 2015 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Home Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Jun 21, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Popular Computing Weekly BBC Micro Oct 25, 1984 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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
Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1984 Unscored Unscored


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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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