Pumpkin Jack

Rating Summary

Based on 65 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

58%

Critics Recommend

Based on 65 critic reviews
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93 / 100
Oct 23, 2020

Pumpkin Jack is my new favourite platformer this generation. With a great atmosphere, design and a deeply diverse gameplay, Jack's journey might not be the longest one, but a motivating one nonetheless!

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2020
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9 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2020

Pumpkin Jack is a really awesome 3D platformer that brings some level of nostalgia while being a perfect experience for today.

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75 / 100
Oct 23, 2020

Pumpkin Jack is a fun and entertaining platform reminiscent of the great classics, with the merit of having been made by a single person. Its visual style, halfway between humorous and spooky, suits it wonderfully, as does its fresh and dynamic gameplay. It can become too easy and repetitive in the long run, but it is still a great option to play at this time.

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Oct 23, 2020

There’s so much to like about Pumpkin Jack. What issues I do have are minor, and don’t impact the overall enjoyment. It’s a game that’s easy on the eyes, has satisfying combat, and rewarding puzzles. Pumpkin Jack will have kids and adults both wanting to play it, and having a blast working towards 100% completion. The soundtrack features a theramin and other spooky instruments that easily set the mood. Pumpkin Jack is a real Halloween treat.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2020

Pumpkin Jack is janky, but still very enjoyable. It’s the kind of simple and straightforward 3D platformer that’s missing in today’s world. It was a lot better than last year’s MediEvil remake, that’s for damn sure.

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5 / 10
Oct 23, 2020

While the style is certainly remarkable, the gameplay is the exact opposite. There isn’t much to think or do within combat besides spam the attack button and dodge. Admittedly, rushing through each stage and finishing the game was purely driven by wanting to explore the outstanding art. However, after only three to four hours the adventure ended anticlimactically. Pumpkin Jack is like any Halloween candy; appealing for all ages but isn’t going to hold your interest for long.

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70 / 100
Oct 23, 2020

Pumpkin Jack is a good first effort from a one-man game-designing army. It’s fun for its short length, it offers a bit of variety with its puzzles and challenges, and the platforming & design is solid.

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Liked-a-lot
Oct 27, 2020

Pumpkin Jack is not just a good platformer for Halloween, its a treat for any day of the year. If you miss the platformers of old or just fancy a platformer that doesn’t star a blue plumber for a change, Pumpkin Jack is well worth your time.

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Recommended
Oct 30, 2020

Pumpkin Jack isn't just for Halloween despite being perfect for it. It's a fun and enjoyable adventure, full of (undead) life and personality all around. It does have a few short comings like the challenge of controlling Jack, but overall this stuff can be overlooked. The story is cute, there's unlockables, and it's pretty easy on the eyes to look at. If you're looking for something unique, or themed for the holiday Pumpkin Jack is your perfect pick!

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2020

Overall this game gives us an excellent experience leaving the players completely immersed in the game, which the single major flaw is simply being too short! With a very solid design, both in terms of graphics and gameplay, it is certainly an excellent title to play not only during Halloween, but all year round! The inspiration in Medievil is tangent, yet in a honorific proper kind a way, which is a good thing for all the fans!

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3 / 5.0
Nov 1, 2020

Pumpkin Jack isn’t a bad game. But it’s not a good game, either. It’s just, well, fine. For some, fine is fine; I imagine that some people will buy this game and enjoy it, and that’s okay. However, as someone who really has a fondness for GCN-era platformers, I hold games like this to a higher standard. I expect, if you will, a certain level of greatness. Do I think that this game had the potential to reach said greatness? Absolutely. But it didn’t, and, unfortunately, it’s the end result that matters the most.

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8.3 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2020

A spiritual successor to Medievil that surpasses the original and the remake in many respects and that in its own right becomes one of the most pleasant surprises of this horrifying 2020.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2020

Overall, Pumpkin Jack is a hilarious platforming experience that had me smiling from ear to ear. It absorbed a few hours of time and I loved taking my head off for a bit (literally). This is a game that will amuse fans of the genre. As such, I give Pumpkin Jack a 9 out of 10!

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Hynerd.it
Loris Lo Masto
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2020

Pumpkin Jack proves that with good ideas and the right perseverance you get what you hope for. Meysonnier's video game amazes with its varied gameplay and entertaining dialogues. It stands as a title that is not perfect but a must for the little ones and that will give a nice sense of nostalgia for the older ones.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 29, 2020

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I’ve long adored games that embody the cheery hilarity of the season, including Costume Quest, themed events in Animal Crossing, and the costumes characters might acquire in World of Warcraft. Pumpkin Jack easily enters this pantheon of all-hallowed gaming for me, and I enjoyed nearly every moment I spent with it. Pumpkin Jack is a game that will have little difficulty being enjoyed by gamers of all ages, and I’m excited to get to share an updated version of one of my childhood favorite genres with my own children.

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Geeks Under Grace
Johnathan Floyd
8 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2020

A worthy piece to the collection of platformers on your shelf.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2021

Between the platforming, every level features a smaller-scale puzzle level. These can be some simple puzzles like pushing a bomb to dynamite. There’s some fun mini-games like the whack-a-mole equivalent puzzle.

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8.5 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2021

A great game for fans of 3D platforms. Pumpkin Jack guarantees few but fun hours of gameplay with characters full of personality and simple gameplay. Despite the little variety of enemies, the title has a good balance between moments of combat, exploration and minigames, making it a light and relaxed experience.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2021

Pumpkin Jack is a pretty enjoyable and fun game if you want to spend a few hours in a Halloween themed world. It certainly isn’t a masterpiece, but being a game made entirely by a one man band, it is pretty much a great starting point. It has linear and simple levels, a good variety of puzzles, basic fighting mechanics and below average difficulty which make it a perfect starting point for those who want to dive into 3D platform games. Its festive context and colourful places will definitely conquer you for the 5 hour game.

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