Jazzpunk Review

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Reviewed on: PC
Developer: Necrophone
Publisher: Adult Swim
Rated: "M" for Mature

CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki
Presentation 6/10 
The goofy visuals look like a game like this should and the developers have done a great job making some of the sight gags and nods feel right at home here.
Gameplay 6/10 
Much of Jazzpunk's core gameplay is based on solving some pretty simple puzzles, but you're likely not here for that. Jazzpunk's main draw is its quirky and odd sense of humor.
Lasting Appeal 5/10 
You're likely not going to find everything the designers have hidden throughout Jazzpunk in your first playthrough, and that may be enough to get some people to come back but for most this is a once-around game.
Overall 6/10 
Jazzpunk nails it's quirky sense of humor, but it also relies on it too much and as a result some of the jokes come off as forced in the face of such little gameplay.
CHEATfactor 0/10 

Stop me if you've heard this one - why did the Frog cross the road? Well, if you believe Jazzpunk, it's because he's stoned and looking for WiFi. I don't have to tell you that Jazzpunk is weird. One look at the game, published by Adult Swim is likely to tell the tale without any words. What you may not know is just how funny the game can be; especially if you're the target audience. When it's at its best, Jazzpunk offers an on-point and often hilarious, if not spastic look at geek culture. Unfortunately though, the developers rely too much on being quirky and as a result, the gameplay often suffers to the point where it's non-existent. There's quite a bit to love here in Adult Swim's rapid-fire playable geek conscious, but you're likely to get bored before you see all of it.

"Most of the missions are pretty straightforward spy stuff..."


Jazzpunk's main story finds you in the shoes of a secret agent named Polyblank in an alternate version of the 50s, if the Japanese had won World War II. Most of the missions are pretty straightforward spy stuff like trailing a suspect or delivering an important package. The majority of these missions will ask you to solve some pretty rudimentary puzzles; go here, interact with this, move on. There are a few moments where you'll have to think what you're doing, and it may take you a second to realize the solution, but you won't be taxing your brain to get through the experience by any means.

If it all feels rather simple, that's because it is. The main quest of Jazzpunk isn't meant to be remembered; it's what happens in-between missions and checkpoints that makes the game special. Jazzpunk features a sense of humor that's completely out there, random and specializes in geek culture. If you look hard enough you'll find references to Street Fighter, Frogger and lot more famed geek properties. It's a lot of fun to discover these things and you're not likely to find all of them in your first playthrough since many of them are hidden off the beaten path.

"There's no real sense of continuity or progression here..."


The strange humor doesn't stop with the geek references, in fact it takes over Jazzpunk - and that's not entirely a great thing. Sure, it's funny to see Polyblank photocopying his butt or being asked to shave a hairy man but it becomes obvious pretty early in the game that Jazzpunk relies almost too heavily on the sight-gags and mini-games and as a result any real sense of continuous gameplay suffers. There's no real sense of continuity or progression here as you're just going from one gag to another.

Jazzpunk often feels like the playable visualization of an internet geek spelling out his fandom on a message board - it's random and it often doesn't make sense but it makes it's points when it needs to and if you're the target audience, you may actually enjoy bits of it. Yes, Jazzpunk nails it's quirky sense of humor, but it also relies on it too much and as a result some of the jokes come off as forced in the face of such little gameplay. You're likely to be entertained by Jazzpunk, but you won't be enthralled.

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