Twisted Pixel has finally unleashed their new weapon to XBLA, Comic Jumper. You to play as the man of the hour as you take on multiple enemies with an amazing twist. What’s amazing you may be asking yourself?
Captain Smiley bust into immediate action with your quick-bursting automatics and a star on his chest as a sidekick. You need to get the mad scientist, Winklemeyer and stop him from his evil intentions. Unfortunately, you always run across the coolest evil guy ever, BRAD! Brad is like the bacon in Monday Night Combat. The reason the sun gets that extra glow at night! Most importantly, the reason you begin fighting the rush screaming ladies that are droids trying to kill you for their true love, Brad! Though this comic begins pretty well, the readers no longer cares for them, nor the story.
Captain Smiley, star, and the brigade of enemies have all seen their last posting in the comic world. In fact, no one wanted to pay for the book! Sales plummeted and the company flopped, leaving Captain Smiley out of the job. It’s all up to Smiley to not only get the comic back to the top, but to also get the exposure he believe he should of never lost.
Twisted Pixel discovers Smiley and the gang, and funds a project to get them back on their feet. Gerda, Captain Smiley’s eyes when he’s on the scene, was hired by Pixel to make sure that everything runs smoothly. Smiley is being picked up as an extra for other comics, comic jump, and must follow all rules to get paid. There are plenty of times as well throughout campaign where you can make a quick bonus or two. Your arch enemy Winklemeyer, will be by your side to offer upgrades with the money made on missions.
The gameplay was entertaining, but also feels after a while repetitive. You get to go into stories and be a hero; and at times, the screw up. When times get tough, you can call in Twisted Pixel to lay a beating on the enemies on screen at the time. Graphics were clean for the cartoon feel. I personally enjoyed mission that threw the camera behind you as you moved fast paced, dodging barriers and killing anything that stepped in the way.
Comic Jumper had its moments, just not enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. Maybe it would have done better with a more constructive storyline. However, I did love the stats screen. You must check that out; greatest in house song for Arcade Games is right here!
Overall Score: 4 out of 5
Comic Jumper (XBLA) Review