Friday Free Game Rundown September 7th

Friday Free Game Rundown September 7th

Sep 7, 2012

What goes up must have jumped. Isn’t that how the saying goes? Regardless of how the saying really goes, this week is all about games where the main action is to jump. Sure, fighting games are cool and games with puzzles keep the brain fresh, but games with a lot of jumping pose quite the challenge for some reason.

Think back to games like Mega Man and Super Mario Bros. Both involved a lot of jumping. At the time, they were both pretty difficult for a lot of people. Don’t let the simplicity of a jumping game make the game seem like it will be easy. Most of these jumping games for Android take quite a bit or timing and hand eye coordination. Warm up those leg muscles and let’s get to the games.

Miss Jump

A while back we talked about games based on stick figures, Miss Jump is a similar game to those in that post. The screen scrolls to the side and increases in speed as the levels progress. The object is to jump, duck and slide past objects. “Deceptively difficult!” says the New York Times (if they would have reviewed it).

Download Miss Jump

Worm Jump

Picture being a little worm and needing to get to the top of what seems to be the tallest tree EVER! Using the jumping skills only a cartoony worm can have, the object is to jump from green leafy ledge to the next collecting different berries along the way. Every now and again with certain power ups, the worm with crazy jumping skills will shoot up through the leaves like a rocket. Be prepared for the warp speed.

Download Worm Jump


Imagine if Pac Man had legs. Okay, not think of the damage he could do if he would jump around when he was chasing those ghosts. Yeah, he would be kind of unstoppable if he could get away from moving in that preset grid. This is just such a game.

Download PAC’N-JUMP

Jumping Monkey 2

Monkeys are entertaining. That being said, this game has a monkey jumping around in it so the game must be good. Using the motion sensing parts of the phone to control the jumping monkey is a great way to fling the phone across the room when playing so be careful not to get too excited playing.

Download Jumping Monkey 2


Um… it’s a ninja game, ’nuff said. Ninjas have these mystical powers to defy gravity among other skills. Using the Spiderman-like building climbing ability, the little ninja will need to jump from one building to another to avoid the balconies and other obstacles. Power ups are gained by touching 3 of the same item such as a birb or throwing star. The power ups will help to make the climb easier.

Download NinJump

Early Bird Review

Early Bird Review

Oct 17, 2011

The simple, multi-level bird flinging market had exploded after the meteoric success of Angry Birds. The reason Angry Birds is so successful is because of its incredibly simple gameplayand varied level design that offers nearly endless challenges with increasingly different methods of attack. While Early Bird cannot be considered just another Angry Birds clone, the similarities are there, which isn’t always a bad thing.

The goal here is simple enough: get your flightless blue feathered friend from where he is to the morning worm through a series of leaps and glides. You swipe in the direction you want the bird to go and the length of your swipe determines the power. This works easily enough when navigating around large areas but the system breaks down when small precise jumps need to be executed around the target. Too often your bird shoots away with power from some unknown source when all you need is to nudge it over a few inches.

Just like in Angry Birds there are a few level packs that each have about 75 levels in them. This gives the game an incredible amount of replay value because even without future updates the amount of levels here are insane. And this is a good thing because the simplistic gameplaycan get old quickly without some new wrinkles.

Unfortunately, on my HTC EVO 4G I had problems with the app not loading and just giving me a black screen. This happened about a third of the time and is extremely frustrating. Also whenever your bird gets close to the target the screen zooms in and presents you with this slow motion view. During this time the graphics don’t hold up and appear slightly pixelated. All that aside Early Bird is deffiently worth checking out if you’re into simple, addictive games similar to Angry Birds.