Developer: BitBull Ltd
Publisher: Freedom! Games
Ready to fly around and serve as your own bug spray? Jetboard Joust is a game thirty years in the making. Directly inspired by a game buried deep within the arcade era, it morphs the brutal difficulty of ye olden days into the modern roguelikes that have dominated the popular markets. How well it succeeds may boil down to one's determination.
While this game took me back to a time I really enjoyed as a child, the frustration of blindly trying to find out what to do was aggravating. My patience was tested very early on because I felt so lost in what I was doing. Sometimes I was starting over from scratch, other times I had found a level that had a portal that was used as almost a saving point on that planet. Do I save my coins for when I die, or do I save up and spend them on upgrades to make me stronger. I struggled with that decision way too much and it took me away from really enjoying the game. If a game doesn’t start clicking somewhat right away and instead leaves you confused and frustrated, it hasn’t done its job to entertain. It is very unfortunate as this game was right in my wheelhouse of ones I love.
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Jetboard Joust: Next-Generation Retrogaming Arcade SHMUP