Pumpkin Jack

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a game by Nicolas Meyssonnier
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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Pumpkin Jack
Pumpkin Jack
Pumpkin Jack
Pumpkin Jack

Ah! It's Pumpkin Jack! OK, that's not a real thing - but as someone who watched cartoons in the 90s, it would certainly sound like an early morning character. The game Pumpkin Jack does have some reminiscence of that period, though. It's a classic platformer with traditional mechanics, given the modern-day visual flair.

Even though Pumpkin Jack looks as though it's supposed to be spooky and scary - there's something comically refreshing about the initial impression of this game. Perhaps the theme touches nostalgia, or maybe it just looks like a fluid platformer? Whatever the case, let's delve into the Halloween-tailored universe of this true pumpkin-head.

Let's Go Pumpkin Chunking

Diving into Pumpkin Jack, and you'll discover that they get the tone and theme of this game just right. The whole idea revolves around a terrifying universe that's delivered in a more accessible palette. The feel strikes a node with fluid, cartoony visuals paired with all the traditional platforming mechanics that create consistency.

You'll control Pumpkin Jack through each linear level - dodging, fighting, and charging your way through. There aren't any obscure challenges or attempts at unique gameplay that typically comes with modern-day platforms. It's all pretty solid, except for the fact some work could have been done on the jumping controls.

Combat is another thing that could have has some refinement. The entire playthrough is very polished and fun to engage with - though battles aren't as versatile as the visuals would suggest. You are given a new weapon after completing every level, only to find they do the exact same thing as the last. Pumpkin Jack won't be pulling any extraordinary moves to defeat his enemies.

What is respectable about Pumpkin Jack is that it stays true to a traditional platformer. It looks great, and the entertainment is consistent until the end. The narrative does enough to keep each level interesting - and the strategic approach to boss fights is something that every player can enjoy. It is a lighthearted game that players won't find too much fault with outside of its simplicity.

Say His Name

Pumpkin Jack is not the most brilliant game you will ever play, but it stands firm in the experience it's trying to deliver. It's a game that doesn't try and revolutionize the 3D platformer - only a few hours of fun. The offering very much succeeds in that respect, as there won't be a moment where you get frustrated or doubtful.

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Perhaps that's why Pumpkin Jack isn't the most innovative game - you won't find too much challenge. It will be pretty seamless travels throughout, unlike games in the Crash Bandicoot series where you'll be yelling and screaming at their difficulty. I would recommend Pumpkin Jack for nostalgia's sake - it's a solid and accessible platformer.

Pros:

  • Beautifully spooky Halloween environments
  • Traditional platform mechanics that touch on classic games
  • Polished gameplay with very few bugs and glitches

Cons:

  • Jumping mechanics are annoying
  • Combat is repetitive
  • Not too much challenge - quick finish of the game

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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