Jump Stars (PC) Review

By Athanasios 25.08.2017

Review for Jump Stars on PC

Party games are slowly becoming more and more popular, partly due to the release of Nintendo's polymorphic Switch, but mostly because they can offer some heavy doses of fun despite their general lack of depth, like, for instance, 1-2-Switch …And then there are titles like Jump Stars; titles that increase the simplicity of it all even more so, and thus the whole replay value thing.

Don't know about "Stars" but there's definitely a reason why "Jump" is included in the label, as lots of it will ensue here. The cubed blobs that will be your avatars can pull of a vertical or horizontal punch, but they'll mostly jump - jump on the platform, jump from the platform, jump away from danger, and jump over your opponent. By all means, this is just an assortment of mini-games (for up to four players), with every single one needing nothing more than jumping.

Jump to avoid the trap, jump to reach the pie that will keep you alive and kicking (and jumping), and jump to avoid being given a soon-to-be-explored dynamite that your enemy is carrying. Long story short: all that jumping around just isn't fun. The cornerstone of every party game is variety, and this feels like the same thing all over again, no matter the mini-game at hand.

Screenshot for Jump Stars on PC

This fails to impress even in terms of presentation, with its gameshow-like theme making it all look mundane, and even ugly at times, as this would look far better in a setting that was a bit more colourful than these dull, half-made sets - not to mention the narrator/presenter, who never stops trying to be funny, although he soon ends up being insanely annoying.

What's worse, however, is that, for a party game, it doesn't let you party as much as you would want to. While the lack of a single-player mode is bad and all, that's actually acceptable as the genre was never meant to be a solo business. Unfortunately, unless real tangible humans are around, there's no way to enjoy this online, something that makes one wonder if the developer ever knew what it was doing.

Screenshot for Jump Stars on PC

Cubed3 Rating

4/10
Rated 4 out of 10

Subpar

As far as local party games go, Jump Stars is not exactly bad, but it's certainly missing a lot of the components that make such titles shine. It's simple, it's boring, it lacks variety, and there's no point in buying it when there are far better alternatives out there - and, yes, that includes the world of PC gaming, also.

Developer

Jamit Games

Publisher

Curve Digital

Genre

Action

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  4/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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