Nov 4, 2014
The game is an unashamed arcade thriller, with graphical odes paid to game hall action machines from generations past. The high gloss cityscapes are built for speedy eye navigation, and thee animations are more than just passable, with different sequences creating a visual assault that is quite enjoyable to take in. Different elements are easy to understand, and a big part of that is because of the attention paid to the graphics.
And, the actual gameplay revolves around repelling alien aircraft in endless runner fashion. The player controls a protagonist jet that is protecting a city from invading alien hordes. The enemy craft generally come from above, and destroying them involves tapping on them to aim missiles. There are other aspects of the game that add to the challenge. First, the buildings and skyscrapers are staggered in such a way that three vertical lanes and two horizontal levels are created; gesture movements can be used to avoid the obstacles that appear (or, to collect the gold coins that line the airways). Swipes are also useful with regards to the bombs that sometimes appear, and must be avoided. there also power-ups that can be collected on the way.
One element that affects gameplay is the heat factor. Rapid, unrelenting fire can cause the player ship to overheat, which is bad. To counter this, measured firing is an option, allowing the ship to “breathe” in between fusillades. There are bosses to contend with as well, and quick decisioning is definitely of a premium. Gold coins can be used to warp through levels and improve the craft; real money can be used, but didn’t feel necessary in the time I spent with the game.
In a nutshell: fly, avoid obstacles and firing enemy, destroy said enemy, collect as much gold and power-ups as possible. Profit. Easier said than done, but that is part of the game’s charm.
If I had to gripe, it would be for more environments.
Still, for a freemium title that is smart enough to do arcade, Jet Run is a willing running mate. It brings tenured elements in a refreshing package that translates well to mobile devices.