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A very good version of Jetpac, but with some faults VIC-20 Katakis | カタキス (42937)
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 (62929)
Tricky Fun ZX Spectrum Tom White (14)

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VIC-20 6 3.8
ZX Spectrum 24 3.9
Combined User Score 30 3.9

Critic Reviews

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VIC-20Commodore User (Apr, 1984)
The graphics are smashing, lots of lovely hi-re stuff as you zip about on your Jetpack or go walkies on the bits of extra terrestrial firma that appear from time to time along with the goodies like gold, jewels and fuel. Lots of zingy sonics too, phasey lasers and big bangs and more. Oh I like it. I like it! I will say no more but go and get one quick.
ZX SpectrumPopular Computing Weekly (Nov 17, 1983)
All of Ultimate's games are excellent; with smooth, colourful and fast moving graphics; good sound effects; and they are very addictive.
ZX SpectrumEurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
Jetpac's graphics and sound effects are basic, even by Spectrum standards, with colour clash attribute in full flow and spot effects limited to burps and belches as aliens meet their maker. The game nonetheless holds the player's attention purely through its simple gameplay mechanics and a faultless presentation from Ultimate. With the clearance of each level seeing the player's score leap forward thousands of points, one more go is never enough on the quest to better one's high score.
A great game for one or two players, and well worth £5.50.
BBC MicroComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Dec, 1984)
All in all, a good shoot up game for the BBC.
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Jul, 1983)
Jetpac is a very playable, addictive and original arcade type game. The graphics are superb, but the sound effects bore a striking similarity to a pan of frying eggs and bacon.
VIC-20Commodore User (Feb, 1984)
Almost as exciting as watching Columbia land, this game cannot be faulted - it is thoroughly playable and totally addictive for all members of the family (except perhaps the dog).
ZX SpectrumTilt (Apr, 1984)
Un bon jeu d'action.
ZX SpectrumRetro Game Reviews (Oct 28, 2015)
Jetpac is an awesome shooter with fun gameplay, perfect controls and a steadily increasing difficulty curve. Although it's hugely enjoyable its main flaw lies in the lack of stage layouts as a few more designs would have easily pushed it into the top-tier of its genre.
ZX SpectrumHome Computing Weekly (Jun 21, 1983)
Good graphics, with many small touches that put this program well ahead of the pack. Movement is easy to control, and the degree of difficulty such as to make this an entertaining and addictive game.
VIC-20Personal Computer Games (Mar, 1984)
This is a great game with excellent graphics and sound that first appeared on the Spectrum but is now available in identical form on other machines.
BBC MicroPersonal Computer Games (Dec, 1984)
My only reservation is that Jet Pac is now over a year old on the Spectrum, and no new features have been added to this latest version. in fact, I personally didn't think that the graphics were quite as good on the BBC as they were on the original. The sound obviously, is a vast improvement.
BBC MicroPopular Computing Weekly (Oct 25, 1984)
The sound effects are strident and lively, the movement swift and smooth. It is confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it you move faster and are able to progress.
ZX SpectrumThe Game Hoard (May 04, 2018)
Ultimate Play the Game’s first title has a sound base, but Jetpac’s simplicity is a bit too apparent to be ignored. While colorful and kooky alien enemies and the shifting space ship designs add visual variety, repetitive gameplay comes quickly and the game doesn’t have the proper difficulty to inspire the player to keep pushing through repeated screens. It never quite hits the point that it feels bad to play, but the initial promise of the design is lost when it’s so easy to learn the tricks to survive with the threat of a Game Over nearly disappearing once the mechanics are learned.
VIC-20Your Computer (Feb, 1984)
A difficult to play implementation of the game originally designed for the Spectrum.
ZX SpectrumCrash! (Feb, 1984)
There’s not much can be said about Ultimate that hasn’t already been said. Graphics and presentation are of the highest standard. In Jetpac you must get your spaceman to assemble a rocket and fuel it, steal as many gems as you can and avoid the irate aliens or kill them with the laser. When assembled the rocket takes off for another planet to plunder. Re-assemble the ship after five planets. Five levels of different aliens. Joystick: Kempston. One or Two player games, continuous fire and movement in eight directions. Highly recommended.

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