Review: Mega Jump

There is a game on the iOS systems many people will have heard of called Doodle Jump and is famed to be really addictive. But that’s not what this review is about, it’s actually about another similar game called Mega Jump and in my opinion is much more addictive.

Mega Jump is a rather abstract arcade styled game. You play as a an animal/creature whose goal is to jump as high as possible. To achieve this you must use accelerometer controls to move your character to floating coins. These coins will boost you higher into the air, and if you can’t get any coins you will plummet to your doom and start the level again.

There are 10 levels with 2 difficulties, not that some people will need the second difficulty, it’s taken me half a year to near the end of the first one. You unlock the second difficulty after having completed the 10 levels the first time through. You can also unlock them with a currency called Mega Points. You can earn these in 10’s for every 100 coins you collect in-game, you can gain 500 by successfully inviting new players to the game and you can also earn obscure amounts for downloading certain apps. But the Mega Points can also be used for other parts of the game. There are characters to unlock, special abilities to purchase and upgrade as well as wallpapers you can download. This all means that you have to choose how to spend your Mega Points carefully, assuming you don’t want to download a bunch of apps and don’t have 200 friends on an iOS system which haven’t already downloaded this.

There are many power ups to use in Mega Jump, some are unlocked from the start and others aren’t, as well as some being upgradable and others not. These power ups range from magnets which attract coins to you to fireballs which catapult you into the air. All the power ups work nicely with each other and help keep the addictive gameplay lots of fun.

The Graphics for Mega Jump are colourful and vibrant. Making the game as much fun to look at as it is to play. It’s very cartoony and helps keep it light-hearted and fun. The Soundtrack and sound effects all sound as they should and can get stuck in your head to the point you may burst out humming it in your biology class (yes, I have actually done this).

The developers Get Set Games are very hard-working also. You will often find on the App Store a new update for Mega Jump to make it even more fun than it already is, in ways that you may not of even thought of. You can tell the signs of a brilliant Developer in Get Set, and I wonder when they’ll make an even better game than Mega Jump, that is if it is possible.

It should also be noted that Mega Jump takes full advantage of both the OpenFeint and Game Center systems in place amongst the iOS apps available. So you can even challenge your friends to beat your scores.

Pros:

  • Continued support from the Developers, Get Set Games
  • Brilliantly addictive formula of gameplay
  • Great Artistic style

Cons:

  • Steep difficulty slope

Verdict: Buy it!

This seriously is a highly addictive iOS system game, great for anything between 5 minute players to 50 minute plays, it may even make you miss what you were waiting for. It’s a great buy and at the brilliant price of Free it’s easily one of the best apps you could download.

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About Nick Duggan
I'm 19 an I study Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University. I'm a video gamer and also a Yu-Gi-Oh! collector/player. Twitter: @30DiedOnMars

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