Jetpac Reviews (ZX Spectrum)
|Great game, and good looking to (even though it’s on the Spectrum)||Nakre Nakresson (73)|
|A timeless arcade classic||lights out party (61418)|
|Tricky Fun||Tom White (14)||unrated|
Our Users Say
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||4.1|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||3.7|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||4.3|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.4|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC.||4.0|
|Overall User Score (24 votes)||3.9|
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Popular 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.
Eurogamer.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.
Computer 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.
Retro 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.
Home 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.
The 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.
Crash! (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.