JumpWheel is an exciting 3d arcade game for Windows Phone that brings great graphics , music and gameplay all packed in to a neat little game. The game is apparently MaxPirat’s first game and it’s hard to believe that since the game is quite good and it does not feel like its developed by a new game developer, so kudos to the developer .. good job mate. If you are in to easy casual games JumpWheel might not be what you want to consider, the game falls on to the tougher side of things. Which is not to say the game is bad, I actually enjoy it quite a bit. On to the review JumpWheel is an exclusive Windows Phone Game, which is great since a lot of good games are ports from other platforms.
JumpWheel Windows Phone Game
JumpWheel for Windows Phone puts you in control of a wheel that jumps.. duh !!. You have to travel through an obstacle course when the wheel keeps pushing forward and you can only make it jump , double jump or sink. There are 2 buttons one on the left to sink ( when you are in the air if you click on it you make a swift decent ) and the one on the right to jump , tap it twice to double jump ( say hi if double jump reminded you of Unreal Tournament ^_^ ). Each time you do a sink or double jump you expend energy and you can only perform these 2 moves if you have enough energy , that is where the colored wheels come in : yup there are three different wheels each with its own ability. The green one is the balanced wheel that requires equal energy for double jump and sink, orange is better for double jump and blue is better for sink move.
The game does have a text based tutorial that should get you up to speed with the rules and features of the game and the settings screen has all the usual suspects in there. I played the game on high resolution and noticed no lags on my aging Omnia7. The graphics and music in the game is quite good.
Like all mobile games the levels ( all but 2 of them ) gives you 3 star to unlock based on your performance. The more bonus point power-ups you pick up the better your chances are to get 3 stars. The 2 levels with out stars are boss levels , yup you get to take down 2 evil boss thingis with your jumping-wheel. Unlike the other levels where you have to avoid obstacles , pick the green, blue or orange orbs ( based on your wheel color ) , bonus point pickups and avoid the red orbs , you damage the boss by picking up white orbs.
Some issues I have with the game is that it would a good idea to show the layout of the level to the player before the round begins that way they are not flying blind and perhaps adding difficulty settings in there so that in easy levels the player can get a save point mid way through the game where they can restart from.
JumpWheel Video Review
There is a trial version available and the full version is available for $0.99, we are not sure what the limitations of the trial version are.
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SUMMARYA nice little game that that keep you entertained. The difficult of some levels might put some off but I enjoyed that. Perhaps an easy mode could be introduced for players look for less of a challenge.