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Toxic Jump Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on May 12, 2010


Toxic Jump
Rating

PROS

  • Challenging horizontal endless-jump gameplay.
  • Unique visual style.
  • Lenient landing mechanics.

CONS

  • Hard to truly master the jumping controls.

VERDICT

Fans of archery-defense and endless jumping titles have a bit of a cross-over here with Toxic Jump and an opportunity to hone your judgment to a sharp edge, for everyone else there's plenty of alternatives if you're after a new endless game.


  • Full Review

Toxic Jump by Pastelgames is an interesting take on jump-based endless games, placing you in control of a vegetable on a quest to escape being canned.

You'll leap from platform to platform in this horizontal scrolling adventure while avoiding mutated creatures, toxic slime and other obstacles in your way. The jumping controls are similar to those used in archer-defense titles, with the power and angle being determined by where you tap and drag the directional arrow. Some leeway is given to landing jumps, which makes timing more critical than pixel-perfect aiming.

The game's graphics are hand-drawn and cartoon-ish with several special effects used to add some variety to the screen as you progress. The color palette is well chosen for depicting a grimy industrial wasteland, but without much change in these visuals things start to get repetitive and bland. There are two modes to choose from, with a basic story mode requiring a limited amount of successful jumps to complete and an endless mode to test your skills. A hard mode has been added with no extra lives, but triple the score to account for this challenge.

While repetitive games can be addictive on the iPhone, Toxic Jump proves to be too unstable to truly absorb yourself in to. Unless you've mastered the game's controls you will find yourself making silly mistakes that kill your momentum and before too long, your interest in the game itself. A challenging title for fans of endless games.


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