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Video GameJetpack Joyride Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Jetpack Joyride is a running, jumping and shooting game you play by just tapping the screen or button at the right time to control your jetpack. You play a scientist who runs through each of the levels and must survive and get to the end.

As well as points your aim is to travel as far as possible. Contact with any obstacle means you die and your go is over. At the end of each go you can use you spin tokens in a slot machine to gain prizes to help on the next go. You can also collect gear in the game while playing. These include vehicles like "Bad As Hog" (a chopper), "Mr. Cuddles" (a mecha dragon), "Crazy Freaking Teleporter" (a teleport device), "Gravity Suit" (lathering gravity), "Profit Bird" (a bird-shaped plane which ejects banknotes), "Lil' Stomper" a mech suit, and "Wave Rider" (a jet ski).

On each run you have three missions to try and complete as you go. Things like high-fiving (running past) scientists, avoiding coins for a set distance, flying close to zappers, or having a near miss with missiles. If you complete a mission you are awarded stars based on its difficulty.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/09/2011

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Half Brick (@HalfBrick)




Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Duration of each go depends on how long you last.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Jetpack Joyride was originally rated PEGI 12 when launched, however the latest PEGI guidance as been updated so it is rated PEGI 7 for mild violence against human and fantasy characters. Small, cartoon, fantasy characters can be hit by the jetpack's bullets. They fall down and there is no blood. Human and fantasy characters can also be run over by various vehicles and hit by rockets from a human controlled robot. When they are hit, they fall down and disappear from view. The game has an overall, cartoon-like, arcade style.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for Very Mild Violence.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


Jetpack Joyride usually costs £2.99.

Jetpack Joyride

PlayStation Store PS4 £2.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game lets players watch adverts to unlock additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
There are limited edition packs for specific brands like Back to the Future, Metal Slug, that are purchased at an additional price to play. Purchases are for coins for cosmetic items as well as vehicles and jet packs to help in the game:
  • Coin Barry Pack (250,000)
  • Coin Booster Pack (20,000)
  • Coin Mega Pack (50,000)
  • Coin Ultimate Pack (1,000,000)

Jetpack Joyride Deluxe Edition includes extra content including a wealth of additional content, including the ‘Strong Arm Machine’ and ‘Wave Rider’ power-ups.

On iOS and Android the game includes adverts that are watched in return for items that help you progress in the game. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Our Jetpack Joyride Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:
Although you only have to tap to trigger backpack and jump, you do need to hold your finger down to fly up quickly.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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