Jet Kave Adventure Review –
Longtime gamers may remember the influx of platforms in the first half of the 1990s. Everyone has fond memories of successes like Super Mario World and Sonic the Hedgehog, but those who really love video games probably have memories of games like Aero the Acrobat, Bubsy the Bobcat, and even brand-based games like Yo Noid!, Cool Spot, and Mick & Mack Global Gladiators (the last two are great games). It was something of a primitive renaissance with Bonk’s Adventure on the TurboGrafx-16, Joe & Mac on the Super NES and Chuck Rock on the Sega CD.
The last generation has seen the death of many third party studios releasing B and C level games, but with the onslaught of independent studios, not only are we getting them back in abundance, but we’re also seeing many games of amazing quality that need our attention. Jet Kave Adventure is a return to the heyday of platform games, but the problem is that there’s so much competition in the genre that it’s hard to stand out unless you’re really good or have the pedigree of a company like Nintendo behind the product.
Most small games of this type have an artistic 8 or 16 bit style that really tickles the nostalgic bone. The first thing I noticed while playing the first level of Jet Kave Adventure was how much it tried to compete with Donkey Kong Country Returns. The graphics are similar, and even the scenery is fully 3D instead of the typical 2D background. It’s not that bad, and I really liked the graphics throughout the game, even if they never reached the heights of retro games. The jungle is fully represented here, with vibrant and colourful landscapes to browse and explore. The game still plays like a typical 2D platformer, but the 2.5D graphics make sense on the Switch screen.
The premise of the game is very simple and sweet. You are a well-known caveman who, after battling alien technology and discovering a futuristic jetpack in the rubble. It turns out that an alien that crashed on the planet needs a huge power source to repair its ship. It is on its way to a distant volcano where it will erupt to capture its energy. Of course, that would be disastrous for Kava and her friends, so we have to stop her. With your new jetpack, you essentially get a double jump with the ability to glide for a short distance. It also unlocks a new ability where you can press the R shoulder button to slow down time and aim the purple arrow. When you release the button, Kave shoots in that direction and destroys most things in his path, including some walls and even enemies. There is an energy meter that limits the number of flights. Small collectibles scattered throughout the levels can only be reached by skillful use of the jetpack.
In addition to running and jumping, Kave is also equipped with a club for hitting enemies. At the beginning of your adventure, you also get a slingshot that allows you to shoot your enemies from a distance. The levels have secret areas, so be on the lookout for anything that looks the least bit suspicious. You will also find meats that you can store to help you restore your health when you start losing weight.
The weak point of the audiovisual package is probably the music. It is what it is and it is very typical for a prehistoric game of this type. The usual grunts and groans seem to have been ripped from a public space. You’re not humming that tune, that’s for sure.
All in all, Jet Kave Adventure offers an entertaining experience even if you’ve played it before. There’s nothing completely new or original in it, it’s just a matter of habit. If you’ve played all the platform games in the Exchange and still want more, this game should fill the void. It doesn’t do anything wrong, and the difficulty is a bit on the easy side, but it also doesn’t do anything revolutionary to stand out. I appreciate the work that has been done on the graphics and mechanics of the Jetpack game, but with very little deviation in enemy design and fairly simple platform action, the game is hardly surprising.
Review of the Jet Cave adventure
- Charts – 8/10
- Sound – 4/10
- Gameplay – 7/10
- Late Complaint – 6.5/10
Final thoughts : WARNINGS
Jet Kave Adventure meets all the requirements of a side-scroller, but it doesn’t leave a lasting impression. What’s here is solid, and there are some fun levels to go through. The soundtrack is pretty boring, but the graphics are fun to look at and you’ll enjoy the game mechanics of the jetpack. This is a good choice if you need more platforms on a system full of platforms.
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published in various media. He is currently an editor and contributor to Age of Games.
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