Review: Jump King – SENSES

Simply a little too sadistic for my taste …

When I was around six, I had one SupermanT-shirt that I loved. Wore it on me evenly and my mom helped me sew an associated Superman suit with cape and the whole party. One day when I played Pac Man on ours mini arcade games I became so frustrated that I died so I grabbed the Superman badge and made a hole with my teeth. I have never been so frustrated since – until one day, 37 years later, when I was playing Jump King.

Jump King - Nexile - Ukiyo Publishing Limited - Copyright 2020 - screenshot Nintendo Switch.

Jump King has a very simple premise: you have to jump upwards until you reach the goal, which according to the game is a “Smoking hot babe”. Watch out, a minimum mistake and may have the misfortune to fall whole the way down to the bottom again. What you do, over and over again.

Jump King - Nexile - Ukiyo Publishing Limited - Copyright 2020 - screenshot Nintendo Switch.

What is missing is an indicator of how much you are investing. So you have no idea how high you will jump. Sure, the idea is that you should learn the feeling of being able to jump in and so high on pure routine, but I don’t have that much time and desire. I want to be able to pick up a game and relax, not being annoyed that I fall all the way down to the bottom again and again. Another thing that is also insanely frustrating is that it is not possible to control hope once you are in the air. Have you hoped you will be responsible for it. Again, I realize that’s the point – but it’s not fun !!!

Jump King - Nexile - Ukiyo Publishing Limited - Copyright 2020 - screenshot Nintendo Switch.

Jump King is really a game that you either love or hate. I may not hate it, because it is still a neat retro game for a cheap money. On your Nintendo Switch, it works perfectly, in both portable and docked mode. So the rating is not totally in the bottom, but far from what other reviewers and players think. Though this is what I think – and just because Jump King didn’t suit me so maybe it still suits you.

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