Jumpster™ (Free) by G5 Entertainment is a physics platformer from G5, a publisher that is experimenting with new territory. G5 usually focuses on hidden object games, and this is the company's first release of a physics title.
In this game, you'll take on the role of Jumpster, an adorable looking alien who loves to cruise around the galaxy, looking for adventure. On one fateful day, his ship is hit by a meteorite, sending it hurling towards the planet Okadia.
His only hope of getting off of the planet is collecting all of his lost fuel, and you must help him. You will hurl him around the level grabbing up fuel, while avoiding hungry monsters and dangerous traps.
Controlling Jumpster is done by pulling back with a finger, selecting an angle to aim, and releasing. These are simple controls that you've seen in hundreds of other similar games, so you'll pick them up in no time.
In each level, your goal is to maneuver Jumpster back to his ship, grabbing all of the fuel along the way. You will need to think carefully about the angles that you use, because if you're a fraction off, you might miss that precious fuel.
If you do miss fuel, don't worry - it's simple to restart, and these levels are quick so replaying them is no chore at all. You get points for the amount of fuel that you collect, the number of jumps that it takes, and your style.
After each level, you will earn coins. Coins are used to purchase enhancements for Jumpster, like silly glasses, hats, and bow ties.
You will also need to purchase sweets to restore Jumpster's energy if you want to play longer, and I was not a fan of this mechanic. You get five coins per level, which is not a lot when it costs 45 coins to buy a cupcake to regenerate half of a bar of energy. If you don't want to shell out the cash, you'll have to wait to play more.
The game is not shy about asking you to buy in-game enhancements like extra lives, and these requests pop up in the middle of the game every few levels. It's very annoying to be prompted to buy items I don't have the coins for.
For example, a warp talisman to skip a hard level costs 30 coins, so don't count on skipping many levels unless you pay real cash to do so.
Of course, this is a freemium game, and that's how the game generates income. I think the food seems overpriced, as do the extras. One item costs 600 coins, and to get that, you'll need to shell out approximately $4.99.
Though you've likely played a similar game before, Jumpster manages to feel fresh thanks to its detailed, colorful graphics and the fun obstacles, like traps and teleports, that you must avoid.
Jumpster has 80 levels to beat, four planets to explore, 42 costumes to earn, and Game Center support with 20 achievements to earn.
While I was not a fan of the freemium mechanic, you can't beat an app that's free to play. Just keep in mind that you may only be able to play this game once every few hours unless you want to spend the cash to play more often - even after 24 hours, my "energy" bar hadn't refilled completely. Looking for more fun games to try? Check out our list of games you didn't know you needed.