The MediEvil-Inspired Pumpkin Jack Arrives Just in Time for Halloween

The MediEvil-Inspired Pumpkin Jack Arrives Just in Time for Halloween

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Pumpkin Jack, the indie 3D platformer made by one person, was always aiming for a Halloween launch, and fortunately for the sole developer, it's right on target. The game will launch on October 23 for PC, Switch, and Xbox One, just a week before Halloween, which should be Money Season for a game like this.

Pumpkin Jack casts players as the Mythical Pumpkin Lord who sets off to do the Devil's bidding in the most Halloweenish game since MediEvil. The singular developer, Nicolas Meyssonnier, has name-dropped that title as well as Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter as the game's major influences, and as a result, Pumpkin Jack is called "a classic 3D Platformer before anything else."

The game is built in Unreal Engine 4 and as a result has looked gorgeous from what we've seen in the Steam demo so far. It was once thought to be a PC exclusive at launch, but the game will launch simultaneously on Xbox and Switch as well, giving more players a chance to get spooky - tis the season, after all.

Pumpkin Jack is said to offer up to eight hours of gameplay for a first run, with puzzles, platforming, and combat all heavily inspired by the genre titles of yesteryear. Enlist companions like crows, solve puzzles with reflections and gravity, and ward off the ghouls using a bevy of weapons, including your own Jack-O-Lantern head.

All of this and more is on display in the new release date trailer too, so see it for yourself below.

You can carve out some time and money for Pumpkin Jack starting on October 23. 

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