Spider Jack Review

Spider Jack Review

Oct 26, 2011

When a game does well on one platform, the next logical step for the developer is to bring it to other platforms in hopes of increasing their profits. Spider Jack was originally published for the iPhone by Chillingo’s Clickgamer label, the same folks who published Angry Birds and Cut the Rope.

Spider Jack actually has a lot in common with Cut the Rope. Both games have you manipulating a character dangling from a string in various ways. While Cut the Rope has you doing a lot of, uhh, rope cutting, Spider Jack actually has you doing more rope climbing, and swinging. Spider Jack is out for some delicious flies, and in order to get at them, he’ll have to shoot web to various spots in the level, cut web in order to fall, and deal with obstacles like bubbles and blow dryers.

The core gameplay is actually extremely enjoyable. The gameplay mechanics are somewhat similar to those found in Cut the Rope, but there are enough differences, and additions to make Spider Jack feel like a unique and well-thought-out game.

So, remember that part where I said that Clickgamer shouldn’t have passed this game on to Chillingo? That’s because the Android version of Spider Jack crashes. A lot. When I say “a lot” I mean I had to try starting the game no less than six times before I was actually get all the way to a playable level. After two more levels, the game locked up, and dumped me out to the home screen. This happened time and again over the course of my time with the game, making it extremely difficult to play it for more than one or two levels at a time.

At first I thought that maybe there was a problem with my phone – the choppy gameplay, and constant crashes just seemed excessive. So, I checked out the reviews on the Android Market, and found that I wasn’t alone – there are a lot of negative reviews complaining of the exact same problems I was having.

If the game didn’t crash so often, it would actually be extremely enjoyable. As it stands, the game suffers from far too many issues to recommend it to anyone. If you still feel curious about it, try the demo version – if that runs on your phone, then pick up the full version. Just don’t expect it to run on your phone.

Spider Jack Review Rundown

Graphics and Sound - Spider Jack has an appropriately whimsical visual style set to light-hearted music.
Controls - Tap a point to get Spider jack to shoot web at it, and swipe to cut his web - the controls are simple and effective.
Gameplay - With a set of enjoyable gameplay mechanics, and great level design, Spider Jack is a lot of fun to play... when it works.
Replay Value - This game is broken. There's just no way around it; Spider Jack probably won't work on your Android Device. If it does, you'll probably play it often. The rest of us will get frustrated and give up on it quickly.
Overall - If this game gets an update to make it more stable, it'll be well worth the asking price. Otherwise, steer clear.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Demo version is also available on the Google Play Store »

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