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Pumpkin Jack

Headup, Nicolas Meyssonnier
Oct 23, 2020 - Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
Fair

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

58%

Critics Recommend

Destructoid
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
Areajugones
7.9 / 10
God is a Geek
8 / 10
Game Rant
3 / 5
GamingTrend
85 / 100
GamingTrend
85 / 100
COGconnected
75 / 100
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Critic Reviews for Pumpkin Jack

When you go trick-or-treating, you don't come back 100 percent with candy you love. There's some bleh stuff mixed in, stuff that you put up with to get to the candy you can't wait to eat. That's a perfect analog for Pumpkin Jack. You'll push past parts of it because this mascot platformer has some really great qualities. And, when viewed as a whole, a bucket full of candy ain't so bad.

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TheSixthAxis

Steve C
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Pumpkin Jack is a fun and nostalgic title that is perfectly placed to be your Halloween game this year. Highly recommended for any fans of old school platforming adventures, but also worth checking out for the spookier sorts too. It doesn't revolutionise anything, but it also doesn't outstay its welcome, and the fact that it is the work of a solo developer makes it even more impressive. This particular pumpkin deserves to carve out some of your seasonal gaming time.

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‎Pumpkin Jack is a game that surprises, especially because watching its trailers appears to be something it is not. Actually, it is much more than that, with great characters, a story that is not deep but is very fun and with an excellent script, a combat system that, within its simplicity, is very attractive and a magnificent setting. All coupled with a spectacular level design and a fantastic soundtrack. One of the few drawbacks that can be put is that it is a little short.‎

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God is a Geek

Lyle Carr
8 / 10.0
God is a Geek

If you miss PS2 era platformers then Pumpkin Jack has you covered. With spooky levels, collectables and nonsense voices, it's a retro treat.

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Ultimately, players' enjoyment of Pumpkin Jack will crux on how nostalgic they are for the 3D action platformers of yesteryear. The makings of a great game are definitely here, with witty dialogue, a wonderful selection of fun mini-games, and some serviceable platforming. But, outside of its clear homages and lofty inspirations, Pumpkin Jack feels like it has nothing new to say and no modern insights to add. It ultimately winds up a jack of all trades but a master of none, offering plenty of ideas rife with potential but never honing in on one long enough to make it stand out.

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Pumpkin Jack is a retro-inspired platformer that features a great sense of humor, creative boss fights, a variety of levels, a few interesting puzzles, and some inspired on-rails sections. While the combat can border on frustrating and the game can be completed in 4 or 5 hours, there is still a lot to love – especially if you are a fan of PS2 era platformers.

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Pumpkin Jack is a superb game, but its flaws come baring teeth once the glass shatters and you start to notice them. The combat is fun and rewarding, the writing and story are fantastic, but there are certain parts of the game that fall short. Plus, for no more than 3 hours of playtime to finish, that $30 price tag is pretty hefty. Putting that aside, every single moment of that short playtime is fantastic. I loved every minute of it, and there's no doubt that developer Nicolas Meyssonnier made something extra special here.

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Despite some irritations, though, I enjoyed Pumpkin Jack. There are a lot of things it does right — from the boo-tiful visuals to the haunting music, to the mostly-fun gameplay. It could use a bit more work in its jumping mechanic, and there are some segments that go on longer than they should. But I had a hell of a good time overall and Pumpkin Jack is much more treat than trick.

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