Jake Escapes HD Review
- Clever visual touches; Tetris-man!
- Unique climbing gameplay; fulfill various short, but challenging missions.
- Lacking in depth; doesn't take long to learn level layouts and solve the 'puzzles' you're given.
- No real evolution to the character's gameplay; minute one is much the same as minute 30.
A unique concept and clever visual designs aren't enough to stretch Jake Escape HD's gameplay beyond its limited borders, making a fun, but short title lacking depth.
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Jake isn't very bright - sure, he's the world's greatest thief, but stealing ultra-secret technology from the Government never ends well. Now he's caught up in the shadowy world of spies, agents and super criminals as they attempt to claim what Jake has stolen, so now he has to escape... up the side of a building.
It's a flimsy premise to justify having someone springing their way up the side of a building, but you can take or leave the story as you dive in to the shallow, yet briefly amusing gameplay contained within.
Swiping your finger will launch Jake up the side of the building with the restriction of never being allowed to go back. Not that you'd want to go back as you're being chased up the building by an agent sent to capture you, so it's onwards and upwards, collecting various items on the way to satisfy various mission requirements. These may require some puzzling such as taking a white glove from a death-defying mime and dipping it in red paint from a painter, while others will need you to take more time in planning your route.
There are several types of people living in the building you're climbing, changing from nation to nation and in the case of Russia, an amusing character drops Tetris blocks from his window. If you complete enough missions you'll be able to take on the 'boss' in a relatively challenging fight, placing an emphasis on your ability to dodge and attack (by tapping and zapping them with a laser) at the same time.
Jake Escapes HD doesn't offer a whole lot more than this and until further levels are added in an update, the game won't take long to finish. It's an amusing distraction, but lacking in any depth as it doesn't explore its puzzling aspects as much as it could.
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A new and original arcade action game with a unique grindhouse visual style.
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Apple’n’apps: 4 out of 5
Jake Escapes is a brilliantly designed iOS game that is a wonderful change of pace that stands out from the pack. The game perfectly suits iOS, and there are so many different aspects to enjoy. Jake Escapes is a should buy that is a thoroughly engaging and unique adventure that is begging for more content.
Apptudes (4 out of 5 - users 5 out of 5)
If there’s one bothersome aspect of the App Store, its the lack of originality. Many developers are content with releasing tweaks on the same formula, which makes for a platform cluttered with cheap clones. Just Funny Games must’ve read my mind: their new release Jake Escapes (universal) is an original piece of work, both in its gameplay and its presentation.
Appstorearcade.com (8 ½ out of 10)
I’m just going to come out and say it, no clever paragraph transitions or anything like that. I’m exhilarated that Jake Escapes HD feels and plays like it’s conceived for touch devices!
Jakes Escapes brings a remarkably new enjoyable experience over to the iPhone ad iPad. Smile.
Graphics-wise, the game looks great. Each of the character models are well designed, and the buildings have plenty of detail....The music and sound effects also go along perfectly with the graphic look and feel of the game......it really is a nice flowing, highly entertaining game with fantastic cut-scenes, a nice story, and great gameplay.
Jake Escapes is a great pick-up-and-play game that’s plenty of fun, and well worth its $2 price tag.
Meet Jake, the world's greatest thief. In fact he is such a good thief that he has become somewhat bored with stealing altogether and he is now desperate for the ultimate challenge.
Then there's Doc, Jake's friend and clever scientist. Doc managed to crack the Echelon Network and discovered the existence of an alien artifact known only as the G.R.A.I.L., hidden away in Area 51.
Stealing the G.R.A.I.L. is the least of Jake's worries; dealing with its awesome power is another matter entirely! Oh yeah, and the Crime Lords...
When the news of Jake's daring heist - and the existence of the G.R.A.I.L. - is revealed it seems everyone wants to get their hands on the mysterious artifact, including the most dangerous and devilish Crime Lords across the globe!
Then there's Bob. The U.S. Government is determined to capture Jake and recover the G.R.A.I.L. by any means, even if that entails unleashing the legendary and unfailing Secret Agent Bob! Watch out, Jake!
- in stunning HD compatible with the New iPad retina display.
A comic adventure
- build your story by completing the jobs in any order you like and watch it unfold through colorful comic-style cut scenes.
- use intuitive touch screen controls to stay ahead of the chase!
- complete jobs by collecting items and help solve the G.R.A.I.L. enigma.
- tap on enemies to have Doc blast them.
- defeat the deadly Crime Lords in challenging battles.
- climb, dodge, jump and fight as you scale the skyscrapers of each Crime Lord.
An original soundtrack
- feel the world of Jake Escapes come to life!
Think you can handle the chase? It's time to get in shape. The escape starts now!
What's New in Version 1.3.0Jake got power! Added power-ups you can collect during the game: 1 power-up available now!
Added Game Center Achievements support.
We changed the advertisement system to prevent ads to appears during the game. (please apologise for the previous bad game experience).
Minor bug fixing.