Jack Lumber Review

By , on August 28, 2012

Jack Lumber
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3 out of 5


  • Inventive premise and gameplay.
  • Each level adds a new type of log.


  • Ultimately bland and repetitive.


It's kinda like Fruit Ninja with bullet time, oh and you're taking revenge on the trees that killed your granny. Make of that what you will.

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What's the right course of action when a rampaging forest of murderous trees crush your dear sweet granny? Vengeance of course! You are Jack Lumber, an appropriate name for your profession, and thanks to your superhuman lumberjack abilities, those trees will be shaking in their roots.

Jack Lumber plays like fruit ninja with bullet time. Chunks of wood are hurled into the air (most likely due to your indiscriminate hacking), and then once the screen is touched, time slows down, and you only have a short while to draw a line through each hunk of bark to split all the logs cleanly. Each new level adds a new log type, requiring more than one cut, or a change in direction, or doubling back over it to get everything to split. You'll gain bonus points for perfect cuts, and if you can slice everything in a straight line. At the end of each level, you have to hack around a defenseless woodland creature, who will then live in your cabin for the remainder of the adventure.

With its short levels and simple slicing mechanic, this should be a good buy for those looking to play with a few minutes to spare. Missions and a shop round out the game, and everything is held in place by the illustrative line-less color block art style. Those looking for a deeper, more substantial experience however will probably quickly grow tired of drawing lines to cleft logs in twain. Not everyone has the fortitude to commit herbicide so cavalierly on such a grand scale.


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