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Here we are, it’s impulse buy time. You already know how awesome "Comic Jumper" is going to be from that sweet demo, but maybe you need more. How about a free premium dashboard theme? Free gamerpics? Free avatar accessories? Yes. Tons of unlockables and bonuses? How about a few new "Splosion Man" levels for good measure? "Comic Jumper" comes from Twisted Pixel Games, creators of the award-winning "Splosion Man" and "The Maw".

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Threatened with becoming just another failed superhero, Captain Smiley is rescued by the fine folks at Twisted Pixel who provide him with a base of operations and Comic Jumping technology allowing him—and his back-talking "chestkick" named Star—to leap into other comic books and save misguided plotlines, so that they may earn enough cash to catapult their superhero careers back into the limelight. From the creators of the award-winning titles Splosion Man and The Maw, Comic Jumper is the team's most ambitious game yet.

  • A world of comics: Jump between four totally unique comic book art styles in both 2-D and 3-D, encompassing over thirty characters. Play through eleven missions, eight challenge levels, and a decked-out base.
  • Unlockables: Discover character upgrades and countless "making of" bonuses on which to waste Captain Smiley’s hard-earned money.
  • Freebies: Display the free premium dashboard theme, and sport the free gamerpics and avatar accessories. And check out the free all-new unlockable Splosion Man levels!
  • Original story: Play through the original story with Twisted Pixel’s trademark humor, written by award-winning writers Matthew Entin and Ed Kuehnel.

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Comic Jumper 2011-11-11 20:15:32 vashkey
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7.0
vashkey Reviewed by vashkey    November 11, 2011
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For those who don't mind running through some so s

Given how awesome the Twisted Pixel's previous game, 'Splosion Man, was it's kinda surprising just how dull Comic Jumper was in terms of gameplay.

Comic Jumper is a pretty standard side scrolling shooter. You side scroll and you shoot and to that portion of Comic Jumper's gameplay theres rarely anything else to it. The game is pretty tough though, regardless of it's simple mechanics. Theres often times just too many enemies in too many places to hope to come out of many encounters unscathed and theres no way for the player to recover health. Fortunately you have infinite lives and the game usually places checkpoints generously.

Regardless, the high difficulty levels feels like it's there for no reason other than to pad out the game's length, much how alot of the game feels, many levels and set pieces just drag on for too long and feel more like chores than anything.

Aside from the side scrolling shooter segments there are some behind-the-shoulder shooting sequences that feel a bit reminiscent of Panzer Dragoon. In these sequences the player doesn't actually have any control over where Captain Smiley is going, just where he's shooting and which side of the screen he's located. These bland sequences add nothing to the game but a bit of variety.

Then there are the infamous quick time events that God of War made so popular. You know the drill, Simon Says with buttons. Again, this adds no depth to the experience, just a pinch of variety.

Where Comic Jumper excels is presentation. The graphics are retail quality, voice acting is great and the characters and script are hilarious. As the characters travel across multiple genres of comics the visual theme of the game drastically changes and the main characters Star and Smiley take on appearances fitting to the locales, sorta like what Kingdom Hearts did.

While I really enjoyed the characters and story I would have really enjoyed it more if Star and Smiley had developed more and learned from their failures. I can understand why this wasn't the case, it might have been cheesy and perhaps they're too bone headed to learn, but I still would have liked for them to see a happy ending.

The game is about five hours long, which isn't terribly short and you'll be glad that it's over anyway because of incredibly dull and repetitive gameplay, but it'll still leave you wanting more for your fifteen dollars and fortunately there is more. The missions you complete earn you cash which lets you purchase bonus content and upgrades for your characters. You'll probably want to concentrate a bit on the bonus content since they also provide you multipliers for your earnings letting you get more cash than you would usually earn and from missions allowing you to unlock even more content and upgrades.

Theres a wide range of bonus content to unlock. Videos, concept and promotional art, models, gamer pics, a premium theme, comic covers, ect. It's pretty cool to see alot of the stuff that fueled the development for the game, some of the concept art even features stuff that didn't make it into the game, a pretty ballsy move. But alot of the videos are satirical and don't actually detail any of the game development and even though they are sort of funny you'll likely just end up feeling like you just wasted your in game cash.

Anyway, I think weather you want to play Comic Jumper depends on what kind of gamer you are. If you're in it for just the gameplay or can't imagine playing a game that just isn't very fun for the sake of some funny cut scenes, skip this. For those who don't mind running through some so so levels for some funny cut scenes, go for it, I guess

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Comic Jumper 2011-11-02 14:07:24 Paul K
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6.0
Reviewed by Paul K    November 02, 2011

Great developer but probably their worst effort.

If I could I would give it a 6.5

The game is by no means terrible because the game is fun to play. The story is interesting and the humor is mostly very funny.

The gameplay is simply where I can't fully support the game it is very repetitive and needlessly difficult.

You have to grind through the levels to become strong enough and even then you never feel like a super hero.

I got it when is was only 400 msp and don't regret it but I wouldn't be able to recommend this game at full price even though I really like the developers.

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Comic Jumper 2011-05-03 08:53:42 @BomberMerc
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9.0
Reviewed by @BomberMerc    May 03, 2011

A good deal anyway you cut it.

The overview on the XBL marketplace really got me. Avatar awards, premium theme and extra levels of 'Splosion Man.

But the game is pretty good even without those bonuses. Key points in bullet form:

▪ It’s a platformer/shooter and it’s pretty good at being one.
▪ Mostly, it’s a sidescroller. Some sections are done in on-rails, 3rd person, plus a few quicktime events.
▪ Limited character improvement unlocks. Barely noticed the supposed improvement.
▪ The graphics are pretty good, and they change with the comic book eras that Captain Smiley visits. The Silver Age level is a personal favorite.
▪ The dialogue and voice acting = awesome!
▪ The story = funny + entertaining. Not very deep, but fun nonetheless.
▪ There are tons of fun unlockables. Don’t watch the interview with Captain Smiley’s voice actor while drinking. Seriously.
▪ There is no fourth wall in this game.
▪ Also, there is no co-op mode in this game. Too bad.

This was a steal when it was 50% off, and it still worth it the 800 MSP it is now.


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Comic Jumper 2011-04-02 15:45:55 Darklurkr23
Overall Fun Level 
 
10.0
Darklurkr23 Reviewed by Darklurkr23    April 02, 2011
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Fantastic Game for 400 MS

You know, I tried the demo yesterday because any game thats 400 has to be tried imo. Anyway, I fell IN LOVE with it about 3 minutes in. The diaologue is funny, pretty well written, and the game is fun! I HATED Splosion Man when I bought that for 2 bucks on Black Friday, but I'm glad I gave Twisted Pixel another chance.

Shame on you if you didn't pick this up for 400! Can't wait to finish the game!

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Comic Jumper 2011-01-18 18:45:30 eugaet
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8.0
Reviewed by eugaet    January 18, 2011

Fairly standard platforming, but the humor sends it over the top. I had as much fun playing as I did watching. If you liked Twisted Pixel's other games, you'll like this one.

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Comic Jumper 2011-01-18 17:39:12 gxgear
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5.0
gxgear Reviewed by gxgear    January 18, 2011
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For my first Twisted Pixel game, I was definitely disappointed with Comic Jumper. It's a pretty run-of-the-mill platformer that tries to substitue humor for gamepley, and even for its jokes the game's opted for sexist and racist stereotypes which is quite off-putting, The game is not difficult per se, but some placement of enemies and platforms are a little cheap.

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Comic Jumper 2011-01-16 22:26:35 PMH
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7.0
PMH Reviewed by PMH    January 16, 2011
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There's a new hero in town

Poor Captain Smiley, thanks to lame villains and poor writing, readership is at an all-time low! As a result, his title gets canceled. Down but not out, Captain Smiley and his side kick pal, Star, begin to guest star in other comic titles to raise money so they can  relaunch there own. Will Captain Smiley make enough money to relaunch his comic? Will Smiley regain his status as one of the tip comic book heroes? Will Star ever be nice to the poor Captain? Find out tomorrow! Same Smiley time, same Smiley channel!

What I loved most about this game was the humor! I have never laughed so much from a video game like this one. From the silly, often cruel banter between Smiley and Star to the over the top villains (one has his own theme song which is hilarious!) you will find yourself laughing throughout the game! Without a doubt one of the funniest games of 2010!
The visuals for the game were also quite stunning! Each comic level had it's own distinct style ranging from the retro silver age to ultra realistic fantasy. It was also cool to see Captain Smiley's costume reflect each genre. Another cool graphic element was how when Captain Smiley would take damage he would slowly lose color until he became a pencil drawing and would explode.  

You also get a lot of content for your  Microsoft points! Besides the usual concept art work, you can unlock some cool stuff like premium themes for you dashboard, even gear for you avatar! And if you have Twisted Pixel's last game, Explosion Man, you can unlock a brand new level for it! It would be nice to see other publishers follow in this footsteps!

However, this game does have some issues. A huge one in fact. The game play is just not that much fun! Captain Smiley's main attack are his guns, which you control with the right trigger. You basically could just tape down the trigger and play that way while you constantly fight the same type of enemy over and over. And during certain times, the game becomes sort of like an on-the-rail shooter, which drove me nuts! The controls just felt so lose,making it hard to aim and hit the enemies.  I couldn't wait for it to be over with.

During the course of the game you can spend money to upgrade your weapons and abilities. I think the enemies must upgrade with you  because your weapons never seem as powerful as the should be. The enemies always seem to be way more tougher. In fact one of the bosses in the 3rd chapter made me give up on the game altogether. Trying to beat the boss became more like a chore then it should have been. It was just no longer fun.

The whole concept of Comic Jumper had me pretty excited when I first heard about the game.  As a comic and video game fan, it was a dream come true. Unfortunately, dull game play and difficult enemies have turned it into a nightmare. Its not one of the worst games I ever played but there is a lot of room for improvement!
 Comic Jumper may not be the best video game but I think it would work well as an animated show! Most if the time I wished I could just sit back and watch instead of having to play it.

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Comic Jumper 2011-01-13 21:05:17 hodsey77
Overall Fun Level 
 
7.0
hodsey77 Reviewed by hodsey77    January 13, 2011
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I wanted to love this game, after seeing it advertised - it looked amazing, funny... and different!

But when I play the game, I just find it so irritating!

For me, a game needs to be fun, and whilst I have had elements of fun playing this, for the most part it's irritation(!)

Either poor check points; annoying enemies; or having to do 3 long levels in the same comic style at a time... I'm bored of that one, I want the next one!!

Anyway - give it a go. Maybe it's just me?!?

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Comic Jumper 2010-10-21 17:11:22 Mr Rippe
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8.0
Mr Rippe Reviewed by Mr Rippe    October 21, 2010
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Jump Head-First

Twisted Pixel is in a unique position right now. They have previously released 2 games and they were a unique twist on their respective genres. In The Maw, Twisted Pixel created a game where the hardcore gamers can go to relax while simultaneously drawing in non-gamers with it’s cutesy style and simple-but-addicting puzzles. In ‘Splosion Man, Twisted Pixel redefines what it means to be a platforming game on this generation of consoles. In their third game, Twisted Pixel takes their signature brand of gameplay, art style, and humor and creates a game that quickly sucks you in and leaves you wanting more.
In Comic Jumper, you take control of Captain Smiley, a comic book hero. When his comic loses all viewership, it gets canceled.With no comic to speak of, Twisted Pixel purchases the rights to Captain Smiley and forces him to do guest work in other comics to return attention to his name. Smiley is joined by his sidekick Star, who is a talking star attached to Smiley’s costume. Also featured in the game are Gerda, the Oracle to Smiley’s Batman. She stays at the base, gives you information about your next comic, and lets you know when you are low on health (more on that later).
Every comic that smiley has to jump in to is unique and brilliantly designed. The first comic, Nanoc the Obliterator, is a parody of the Conan The Barbarian comics of old. The art direction, including Captain Smiley’s outfit for the comic, looks like it came straight out of a Frank Frazetta illustration. The writing for the level is spot on and makes constant pop culture references (Nanoc himself sounds like a certain Governator). The villain of the comic, The Puttmaster, wants to turn the land into a 180-hole mini-golf course and has bribed Nanoc with sweets and other delicious foods to stop him from fighting back. It’s up to Smiley to find Nanoc and stop the evil Puttmaster.
In the next comic, The Improbable Paper Pals, Captain Smiley jumps into a Silver age comic. This comic is the most well-written, as it’s both a satire as well as a parody. The Comic Obscenity Commission is the fictional group that approves that comics meet a certain standard on violence and other content. If the comic did not meet the standards, the publishers were fined and risked losing the seal of approval (Note: While the idea seems ridiculous, it is a parody of the Comics Code Authority which was the real-life version of this). You fight Mistress Ropes, a woman who is fighting for equal rights in the time before suffrage. Along the way you meet Paper Lad and the Origami Kid. Paper Lad is a piece of talking paper on the cusp of puberty and asks a series of rather uncomfortable questions to Captain Smiley. Origami Kid is based off of an unfortunate Japanese stereotype, complete with hyperbolous accent and ridiculous costume. While this may offend some people, it’s meant to satire what was socially acceptable at the time.
The final issue, XXX, is based off of the anime style of comics. The comic makes absolutely no sense, which is most people’s impression of anime. At one point, you are riding a farting unicorn named Pling-Pling through the skies, shooting rainbows and hearts at demon characters. When Pling-Pling dies, you do a ceremonial dance set to a hilarious children’s song. At another point in the comic, you are shooting your rainbow-gun at a giant floating child’s head, which unleashes snot boulders and shoots lasers out of it’s eyes at you. During the fight, Star even comments “This is amazing! I have absolutely no idea what is going on right now but I love it!” The final boss is two fairies which expand this giant plush animal and make it fight you. While this may seem crazy, it’s probably the most difficult fight in the entire game.
The gameplay is mostly side-scroller, with a few over-the-shoulder segments thrown in to spice things up. However, the gameplay is my only complaint about the game. Remember what I said before about Gerda telling you when you are low on health? Yea, she does that. A lot. The game is very difficult, but not to the point of rage-quitting. Your guns in the game do a good deal of damage, but are pretty useless when you don’t have them upgraded. Also, checkpoints in the game are not as spaced out as you would think. You may hit a check point back-to-back, but then again your last checkpoint may have been half-way back in the level.
Comic Jumper is an interesting game, combining brilliant voice acting, fantastic art design, and some of the funniest writing I’ve ever seen in a video game. While it may have its flaws, it shows a lot of promise. And with the option of DLC, this game belongs in the hands of every fan of comics, Twisted Pixel, or old-school Mega Man fans.

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Comic Jumper 2010-10-07 14:36:46 ilu86
Overall Fun Level 
 
7.0
ilu86 Reviewed by ilu86    October 07, 2010
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Comic Jumper is very funny and enjoyable game, but somewhow gameplay is maybe a little bit too simple. Though, difficulty level is set quite high.

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