Jumpman is a bomb disposal expert. He is called on to save the Jupiter headquarters after the evil Alienators invade it and booby-trap its 30 levels.
In this early platform game, the titular hero must find his way around each screen, collecting every bomb. There are platforms and ladders to use, and a jet booster to propel you up the screen. However there are also enemies to avoid, and Jumpman must be careful not to fall too far.
Jumpman is one of those very old classic games that paved the way for your typical platformers. Jumpman is great fun! You run around collecting flowers and avoiding bombs that are floating around the screen. They are these horrible evil white dots, and when they see you they make this typical high pitched noise and hurl themselves straight at you across or down the screen and you have to jump and run away. Its heaps of fun, and does require a lot of skill. When Jumpman jumps, he kind of leaps so you have to be sure to not jump too late when near the edge of a platform. You could find yourself way down on the ground, legs sprawled, seeing stars if you do :)
There are 30 levels in all, meaning great fun that can last for ages. It's not an easy game, quite a challenge. Scaling ladders, jumping bombs and climbing up ropes. All very fast-paced and full of action.
This game has standard old-timer graphics. So it might hurt your eyes. Back in the old days (*sigh* here she goes again) it used to look really cool with its green platforms and orange flowers, but nowadays you're gonna have to settle for pink (but that's why you're visiting this site for right? Because you love pink!).
The sound can get on your nerves, and is rather loud. He makes this noise when he moves, and when he falls on his head. Like others, I could never figure out how to turn the sound off. But as with the graphics, this is an older game, 19 years old at the date of this review - so expect great gameplay and disturbing graphics and sound ;)
I'd definitely recommend getting a copy of this game.
Jumpman is one of the best "ladder" games (e.g. climb various ladders to the exit) that were hugely popular in the early 1980s. Your goal is to collect all the bombs to advance through levels, while avoiding obstacless. There are some "extras" that make Jumpman better than most ladder games, such as menacing floating balls that will hit you if you don't move fast enough. Like most similar games, Jumpman is extremely easy to get into and enjoy. Overall, a nice little gem, although not as fun as Big Top or Lode Runner. If you like it, check out Apogee's excellent remake on this site called Jumpman Lives!, which the company marketed only briefly before a legal threat from Epyx forced them to cease distribution.
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