Jetpack Joyride was one of the biggest mobile hits of 2011. It was an ideal game for touchscreens with its simple control scheme and dozens of collectibles. Now, over a year later, Jetpack Joyride is available on the PlayStation Network as a PlayStation mini. It’s being sold for $3.99 for the PS3/PSP version, and the Vita version will be released on December 18.
Oh So Familiar
Jetpack Joyride hasn’t changed at all for its PlayStation debut. Instead of tapping a screen, the only control you have over Barry Steakfries is how high he ascends. This is done by pressing the X button. The main objective is to make your way through a laboratory until you inevitably fall victim to a laser, electricity or a missile. Before you die, you’ll be able to collect coins that can be used to purchase new items from The Stash. These items include clothing, alternate jetpacks, single use items (boosts, revives etc) and the gadgets that were introduced in one of the latest Jetpack Joyride updates on mobile platforms. It’ll take a lot of playthroughs to complete all the challenges and accumulate the coins necessary to purchase many of the items. When you do, you’ll be able to play this game in different ways. For example, you won’t have to worry about missiles too much once you have the Ezy-Dodge Missile gadget equipped. This is what made Jetpack Joyride such a great pick-up-and-play game on smartphones and tablets. It was an excellent time killer that rewarded you over time. Unfortunately, you can’t get that same experience if you’re playing on PS3. This is a simple mobile game that can get very tedious if you have to be tethered to a television.
Jetpack Joyride also doesn’t look good on a high definition television. The resolution is low, and it doesn’t fill up the whole screen. If you’re going to get this game, don’t expect a visually pleasing experience on PS3. If you still play your PSP, the visuals will be better due to the smaller screen.
Greed Doesn’t Pay
Reviewing Jetpack Joyride as a PlayStation mini is a conflicting experience. On one hand, the core game is exactly like its smartphone and tablet counterparts. Since those versions are great, the PlayStation version is also great by default. On the other hand, Sony is charging $3.99 for this game even though it’s free everywhere else. This is something that I feel is grossly unnecessary. It also makes me question the need for PlayStation minis now that PlayStation Mobile is available. Since I don’t feel the ability the play Jetpack Joyride on the PS3 is a good enough reason to quadruple its price, I recommend you pass on this one.
Don’t get me wrong, Jetpack Joyride is a great game. It’s a great game that you can get for free on the smartphone and tablet you likely already have. The PlayStation mini version brings nothing new to the table and charges you a premium for it. That’s why I’m giving this game a lower score.