Lasting First Impressions of “Comic Jumper” from Twisted Pixel
It started with The Maw. Then came ‘Splosion Man. Now, the crazy minds at Twisted Pixel bring us their latest platformer for XBLA, Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley. This time around you play the inept comic action hero, Captain Smiley, trying to bring his comic book back from cancellation. To do so, he must first ‘guest star’ in other popular comic books in an attempt to increase his popularity once again.
The majority of the game is your typical sidescrolling shooter complete with plenty of nonstop action. Twisted Pixel doesn’t just stop there, however, as the gameplay changes to a different style every now and again to keep things interesting. These include real-time action cut scenes, 3rd person rail-shooter style, and others. Gameplay is hectic which makes for a fun challenge but without becoming frustrating. The controls are simple and easy to pick up and play immediately. The side scrolling action reminds me very much of classic Contra games but with slightly tweaked controls. This time, you aim your weapons with the right stick while moving with the left leaving you with ultimate control much like a twin-stick shooter.
During my first hour playing the game, I managed to complete the introduction chapter, and the first section of the major story. Twisted Pixel held nothing back with the inherent humour they add to all their games. The constant bickering between Captain Smiley and his “sidekick” Star (who is actually part of his costume) is a blast to listen to along with all the easter eggs scattered throughout the game (pay careful attention to the billboards during the first level).
I have been a great fan of Twisted Pixel games since The Maw debuted on XBLA, and I was looking forward to Comic Jumper since it was announced. I was fortunate enough to see their demonstration of the game at PAX East in March and even then it was looking polished. The wait was definitely worth it and Twisted Pixel has delivered once again. I will definitely be coming back to this one time and time again.
Twisted Pixel, I gave you an hour and you left me IMPRESSED.