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Bounce to your Heart’s Content in Jump King


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In the immortal words of Van Halen, House of Pain, Kris Kross and err… Girls Aloud/The Pointer Sisters, Jump! And what better way to do so than in Jump King on Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

A throwback to the 16-bit era, “there is a smoking hot babe at the top” of a really tall tower. But rather than simply climb up the stairs, you as the Jump King need to get to the top using the platforms in this 2D platformer.

Unlike other platformers though, this one features no enemies to pounce on and defeat. Instead, your only enemy is gravity; be prepared to fall down over and over again. And then over and over again, some more. And once more just to be sure. Jump King is a hardcore platformer with a difficulty reserved only for the likes of Dark Souls and Sekiro. Without referring to Jump King being the Dark Souls of 2D platforming, its difficulty would suggest that it is.

Jump King has a simpler control scheme though; so simple in fact it only requires the one button to jump. Tap it for a shorter jump, hold it and Jump King can easily spring over entire chasms. And you will need all the jump lengths in between this range to conquer this tower.

Much like the Steam version that released prior to the Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch versions, this package comes with all the post-release content which includes New Babe+ and Ghost of the Babe. New Babe+ is a remix of the base game with new characters and dangers to contend with and Ghost of the Babe is a completely different adventure as your quest this time is for a ghostly apparition.

Featuring a lovely pixel art aesthetic – not to mention a homely 4:3 ratio – Jump King is now available from the Xbox Store for Xbox One, priced at £10.74. You’ll also find it on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. For just how difficult it is, check out our review and if you have any further questions, hit us up in the comments section.

Game description:

”Tactical Leaping Adventure – Jump King: There is a Smoking Hot Babe at the Top!” is a platforming challenge about struggling upwards in search of the legendary Smoking Hot Babe! This lonely adventure to reach The Top will demand your full mastery of the technique of jumping. Just try to remember that with each fall there is a lesson to be learned… Jump King includes two free expansions – ”New Babe+” and ”Ghost of the Babe”! Gameplay -Prepare for true high-stakes platforming! The only way forward is up, and your only enemy is yourself! Tension rises with each jump when a single mistake means a long fall – and you have to get back up again yourself… -Hold to charge and release to leap away! The seemingly simple act of jumping will take much practice to master. -Use your mind before you jump! The obvious path is sometimes not the best, and once you are in the air there is no turning back… • The higher you jump, the harder you fall • All progress and each fall is auto-saved • Tough but addictive gameplay • Challenge your friends to master this test of resolve • Hours of nail-biting suspense await Atmosphere Learn to love and hate the curious characters that you meet on your journey through this mysterious vertical world. • Classic graphics – snappy animations • Painstakingly hand drawn backgrounds • Incredible OST by Thörnlund & Eklöf Sound • High-definition ambiences The last hour led to this jump, everything is on the line! Will you get the Babe? Will you reach the Top? Do you think you have what it takes to defeat this game!? Expansions: ”New Babe+”: ”How amusing, he approaches without shaking…” The world at the end of the Imp’s hidden path seems familiar, yet everything is different… Prove that you really deserve the title of Jump King in the intense second chapter! ”Ghost of the Babe”: Investigate the mystery of the Ghost of the Babe in the twisted third chapter of the legendary struggle. The desolate land past Philosopher’s Forest is unlike anything seen before… With only a faint ghostly presence remaining, what is left to jump for? You didn’t do it for her, did you? (It is recommended to finish the original game before attempting the expansions.)

Richard Dobson
Richard Dobson
Avid gamer since the days of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Grew up with the PS1 and PS2 but changed allegiances in 2007 with the release of Halo 3.
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