Jet Set Radio Review
- The Dreamcast classic in a portable, swipe-able form.
- Custom graffiti options give the game that personal touch.
- Sharp visual style and thumping soundtrack.
- Controls that were always a bit stiff now border on nightmarish.
- Smart camera regularly gets caught behind the scenery.
- Frame rate issues give the game a clunky appearance.
While we'd love nothing more than to say Jet Set Radio is the game we know and love, it just isn't so; unrefined controls and framerate issues plague this initial release, making it hard to recommend.
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Some games stick in your mind, not because they were particularly fun to play, but because it managed to grab you through its artistic expression. Strangely this isn't an uncommon thing, especially amongst games in the Indie scene, but Jet Set Radio is far from a small title and despite its age there's still something almost unquantifiable about its appeal.
However, porting over a title comes with risks and challenges, especially when talking about the iOS platform and while much of the game remains enjoyable, clunky controls make an already stiff to control game a living nightmare at times.
Lets backtrack a bit though and discuss the game itself. You and your graffiti gang have joined other hoodlums in running around, evading police, and tagging every available surface. A virtual stick and four buttons provide the basic controls needed to sprint around each cityscape, while generous collision detection helps you to grind on rails, pipes, and wires to reach ever-more obscure locations.
New gang members (each with their own graffiti style and stats) can also be earned if you overcome their copy-cat style challenges, but for the most-part you'll be claiming new territory and defending your own from rival gangs. Meanwhile the police are sending out reinforcements that don't kid around at all, with everything from riot-gear to helicopters being used to hunt you down.
Unfortunately all of this is predicated on you actually being able to reach target graffiti locations safely, something that's made harder thanks to controls that make it hard to see where you're going and (at times) have a mind of their own as you're flung off grind-rails at odd angles.
Fortunately for the nostalgic fans out there 'HD' console versions of the original have recently been released, but if you're adamant on playing Jet Set Radio on the go, we recommend you spend time in the practice mode before making a mockery of yourself in game.
DescriptionTag, grind, and trick to the beat in SEGA’s hit game Jet Set Radio!
Fight for control of Tokyo-to, mark your turf with graffiti, tag walls, billboards, and even rival gang members! Perform tricks and flips on magnetically driven in-line skates, but watch out for the local police force!
Heritage Collection treatment:
Jet Set Radio is now part of Sega’s Heritage Collection Series and features Retina Display support as well as Gamecenter achievements and leaderboards!
New for Mobile!
Jet Set Radio has been updated with new features specifically for your mobile device! Swipe the screen to apply graffiti and use your device’s camera to take pictures and spray them in game!
Skate to the funky tunes of Pirate Radio! Jet Set Radio still features 29 of 30 tracks from the original Dreamcast release.
Choose from a massive catalog of classic and new graffiti or create your own and use it to tag walls, billboards, cars, and even rival gang members!
The gang's all here
Recruit more than 10 playable characters to your gang, each with their own unique graffiti!