We recently had the opportunity to play Jettomero: Hero of the Universe! and we’re sure you guys will have as much of a ball “saving” the universe as we did. So let’s get right into the meat of the review.
Starting with the controls, the game is fairly simple and the controls might be slightly difficult to grasp at the start but you get used to it eventually. Now for the gameplay itself, you control Jettomero, a giant robot who stomps (or rather, toddles) around planets. Steering Jettomero is somewhat wonky, like trying to direct a drunk(ish) robot (can robots even get drunk?). But that doesn’t really hamper the gameplay, if anything it’s probably intended to be that way.
You fly around the universe landing on procedurally generated planets, toddling around collecting fuel while trying to avoid crushing the tiny inhabitants and their homes. It’s interesting to watch the planet’s inhabitants flee or attempt to fight Jettomero off, their attempts are futile though -insert evil laugh here- all while he’s wondering why they’re attacking him when he’s trying to “save” them.
Once you’re done salvaging all the planets in a system, you make your way to a warp or wormhole to the next planet system with new planets and do it all again.
*ahem* Don’t worry if you accidentally walk over a city or two, we definitely didn’t. Okay, maybe one or two. Alright, alright we annihilated an entire planet, Ok!
There are boss fights thrown in as well. On some of the planets, you may encounter a boss, and you face off in an epic Dragon Ball Z / Harry Potter style laser beam battle and you need to input the right keys at the right time to win. Think of it as a quick-time event of sorts.
There’s actually a story on-going in the background as well, remember those bosses we just mentioned? When you defeat them you unlock more of the story which is somehow locked inside Jettomero. On defeating the boss you’re presented with a cypher, which you need to solve in order to unlock the next part of the story. The story is presented to you in a comic book style and it was quite interesting to follow, right from the moment we read the first chapter.
Graphics and sound
We loved the game’s quirky comic book style graphics. Even among games with comic book style art, the game stands out and has a unique aesthetic you won’t normally find in games these days.
The soundtrack is apt and fits the game, Jettomero’s beeps and boops are also very fitting of the character he portrays, i.e, a drunk(ish) toddling robot (which we loved about him).
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe – The verdict
Jettormero is a good game to have some casual fun with. You can pick it up every now and then for a good half an hour to an hour’s worth of fun. This is not a game you can play for long periods of time as it tends to get quite repetitive. Play it for a short time and enjoy the visuals. Of course, let’s not forget Jettomero himself, who makes the game all the more enjoyable. We’ll definitely be going back to this game every now and then for a while to come.
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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh
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