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Jump & Jump review: has Vietnam found its niche in mobile games?

Jump & Jump review: has Vietnam found its niche in mobile games?

| April 25, 2014

I remember well the frustration of Flappy Bird. And now it seems like that feeling has once again found its way into my heart via the Vietnam-developed mobile game Jump & Jump.

Jump & Jump is a simple arcade-style mobile game from M.D Studio that puts players in the shoes of a rabbit that has to run away from a wolf. The catch is: your only available escape route runs into a river.

This river is fraught with stepping stones and floating logs, which is great. Yay for escaping from becoming wolf dinner. What’s not great is that it is also overloaded with broken logs, sleeping crocodiles, and grumpy turtles.

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Jump & Jump utilizes just one game mechanic, and two on-screen buttons. One button is a single jump. The next button is a double jump. Each round’s escape route is endless and randomly-generated. As the rabbit, you must plan your jumps with speed and accuracy.

Lingering too long on a crocodile or turtle gets you eaten. Pondering too slowly on a steady rock or log gets you eaten too, when the wolf catches up with you. Jumping onto a rotting log drops you immediately into the river. The game ends when you drown, or die.

(See: 10 reasons why the Vietnam-made game Flappy Bird is so ridiculously addictive)

The graphics in Jump & Jump are by no means retro, attractive, or even well-done, but their strange charm suits the game. The game has no sound save for that of the jumps, of the rabbit dying through drowning or by getting eviscerated, and of it saying “uh oh” whenever the game over screen pops.

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It’s morbid, just like Flappy Bird. I will never forget the bird’s deadpan face as it plummets to the floor. Like Flappy Bird, Jump & Jump calls to mind a familiar frustration at yourself. You know you could have done better, but for some reason, or perhaps because of the game’s hellish timing and difficulty, you didn’t. So you try again.

And again, and again. And before you know it, this stupid, stupid game has done the same thing that stupid, stupid Flappy Bird did. You need a new phone, because yours now has a cracked screen.

Jump & Jump will probably not be a Flappy Bird; I think the world has had enough of that. But it does say something about Vietnam: having learned through Flappy Bird that it can shake the world, it’s trying its darndest to do so again.

Jump & Jump is available for free on iOS and Android.

Review Overview

Gameplay (Max 4)
3
Graphics (Max 2.5)
1
Sound (Max 1.5)
0.5
Content (Max 2)
2
6.5

Just one more jump

The Good: Game makes you think instead of working off twitch instincts.

The Bad: Could have used some background music.
  • Nguyen Tan Tai

    like

  • Eric

    314 points is our 20 times to play -_-

  • duc

    nice guy. it’s crazy game for me. LOL

  • Vicky

    Hình ảnh cute…

  • Phoenix Nguyen

    This is a great game. I can play anytime of day.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Good jobs.

  • Quay Ca

    I like it!
    I got 2003 scores in leaderboard, hihi

  • Mầu

    Yes,so funny

  • Violet Van

    That’s fun but challenge. Make me grumpy @@

  • Nguyễn Phi Cường

    Mình rất thích game này, nhưng có điều này mình thấy nên góp ý, các bạn nên đầu tư vào đồ họa của game vì hình ảnh chưa tạo được độ xuất sắc cho game, riêng về cách chơi thì khá hay rồi.

  • Bin Yuen

    so hard but so funny

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