Jump Stars is a 2-4 player party game which hosts 10 unique mini-games to master, and includes 20 quirky characters to choose from. If you are playing for fun or to give in to your competitive side, Jump Stars has something for everyone. I’ve been playing Jump Stars for a few weeks now and this is what I thought… When I first loaded up the game I realised it was all about the fun factor, with an array of colours and bouncing characters I wanted to jump straight in. First of all, this is not an online multiplayer game, so you have to get a few people together to play, so be prepared for some laughs, falling outs and maybe some tears. I first loaded the tutorial which showed you how to jump, punch and push your opponent around. The game is all about working together to build team score, whilst working against each other to eventually capture the gold.
There are 2 main game modes, ‘Tournament’ and ‘My Show’. Whilst playing in Tournament, you and your fellow teammates are thrown into 4 random mini-games, competing against each other whilst building team score. You can build team score by jumping on your relevant coloured platform throughout the levels. If you build at least 1500 points within each of the 4 mini-games, you are entered into The Gauntlet, where it is every man for himself! Whilst playing in My Show, you get to pick 9 customisable levels where you play against each other, ready your concentration faces, this is where you fight for the top spot! I did find the ‘Tournament’ mode repetitive and found it was definitely over too soon, and this is why I preferred to play in ‘My Show’ mode, as you really got to get into the game and where the most fun was had! From picking my favourite character which ranged from knights to soldiers and even included game show crew members! I really enjoyed playing through all of the levels, my favourites did include throwing a stick of dynamite between players until it finally blew up, this caused a lot of throwing down of controllers when it was passed to you with only seconds remaining!
Let’s get into the mini-games. There are 10 mini-games available to play, one of which is cross-fit/hurdles. This involves players on a platform, jumping left to right over moving obstacles, trying not to fall to your doom. Easy right? Whilst you are trying to survive, the host throws down different cards which changes the way you play! This could be turning your screen upside down, or slowing your characters down making it more difficult to move. You need to keep a watch for which card he is going to play next! Another type is a temperature focused game, you need to land on the cooling platform (this has a little blue thermometer on) to make sure you don’t get too hot and melt away. Only one player can be on a cooling platform at one time, so make sure you master the skill of knocking them off if you want to survive. Another one of my favourite levels was Pies- basically, you have to eat all of the pies to survive! Can you get all of the pies before someone else, if not, you lose! There are many more fun and exciting game modes to play, but I’m not going to spoil it for you…
As well as the quirky characters and addicting games, you also get your very own game host keeping you interacted throughout, this is complimented with a constant gameshow themed audio track playing in the background. I really did enjoy this feature as it felt like you were part of an actual game show and gave you the same feel as if you were sitting on the sofa watching Gladiators.