Game Review: Jumping Electron
Do you enjoy simple games with occasionally cruel difficulty? If so, you’re going to want to check out this Android game- Jumping Electron. How does it play? Quite simply, you’re an electron, and your goal is a lightbulb. Stretched out before you is a long wooden plane covered in pitfalls, obstacles, and the occasional power-up. Navigation is as simple as tilting your device and tapping your screen to jump. Here’s a quick description ripped from the game’s press release:
Aesthetically, I’m reminded of The Incredible Machine for some reason, although the game really looks quite different. Maybe the lightbulb at the end of each level is what’s triggering my memory? Whatever the case, the game’s pretty decent graphically. The style is somewhat photorealistic, though it’s a little bit bland. I think this is a game that could benefit from either a more cartoonish style or perhaps more detailed environments- or maybe a more minimalist aesthetic. Whatever the case, the little that’s there looks alright, it’s just not very impressive. The music in the game is alright as well, though not particularly memorable.
As for the game’s presentation, it’s pretty good. I rather like the way the different sets of levels are laid out- the first twenty take place inside a radio, the next twenty are within a jukebox. I do think the game could’ve used a little more polish around its menus, though their look rather reminds me of diagrams for electronics and such- a rather fitting aesthetic, if not one that could use a bit more sparkle.
Gameplay is essentially as I described it above- and it’s pretty addicting. You’ll find yourself playing the same level over and over, simply because it was fun. What I like about this game is its pick-up-ability (we need a word for this) which pretty much allows you to just nab the game and start playing. Sure, it’s a common trait among most mobile games, but Jumping Electron seems to do it particularly well.
Overall, this is a game that’s definitely worth your time. While it’s certainly not the prettiest game I’ve ever seen, it’s pretty engaging- and quite fun.