The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper

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a game by Taito
Genre: Platformer
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper
The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper
The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper
The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper

Meet George Jetson in 1 Taito's The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper for the NES. Of course, George is in trouble with Mr. Spacely one more time. While he was sleeping on the job, Cogswell Cogs (Spacely Sprockets' competitor) began mining ore on Planet M38. They're destroying the planet and treating the local people unfairly. To top it off, they're making a lot of money doing it. George has to save the day. He must find his family (Jane, Judy, Elroy, Astro, and Rosie the Robot) and stop the capitalist Cogswells. You can help oP Georgie, but you'd better have patience or be a die-hard Jetsons junkie.

A Family That Plays Together

Jetsons is a one-player, action, side-scroller where all your favorite Jetsons characters chip in to help George stop Cogswell. Rosie the Robot offers advice; Astro has a Remote Control for Defenses (a Glider and a Shield); Elroy gives Dad some Magnetic Boots for an extra lift; Jane prepares maximum Power Packs for extra energy; and Judy lends Georgie-porgie her Jet Board to do some fast flying.

George needs all the help he can get to make it through the game's 12 stages. The Cogswells send all sorts of robotic menaces to stop George's progress. After all, we're talkin' cheap economic exploitation here, and lots of money is at stake. George starts out in a packing factory, picking up and chucking boxes at his enemies. As he scrolls along, he also uses clumps of Ore, Cogs, and Apples to knock his mechanical opponents off their feet. To also help him along, boxes hide Power Packs and Stars, along with evil Cogs. Odds are, though, that you'll usually be pleasantly surprised with power- ups rather than opponents.

George has a few standard moves of his own, too. He can run, jump, and fly with his Jet Pack to make it over long leaps.


  • Jump on the leaves that stick out of the water in the Botanical Garden. It's the only way to cross the treacherous waterfall.
  • To beat the mechanical Bowser at the end of the Packing Factory, stand on the moving conveyer belt and constantly throw the boxes up towards the middle platform. You can get at least one hit in for every two barks this dog sends your way.

Future Shock

The televised Jetsons looked and sounded better. The graphics in this game are a little simplistic and flat. The music has one track that repeats itself until you feel as stiff as a mechanical robot without oil can.

George's movements are not that fluid, and he doesn't move very quickly. Combine his lack of speed with the game's challenging game play, and this Jetson is no cartoony kid's play.

Another Time And Space

George should have stuck to his TV fame. Although mildly fun, this game's repetitious game play, moves, scenery and sound won't keep hard-core space junkies' heads in the air. If you want good Jetsons' fun, turn on the cartoon.

The second robotic Cog you encounter in the upper levels of the Packing Factory coughs up a Star and three Power Packs when he's hit.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

Game Reviews

Cogswell Cogs is violating space law by destroying a planet for profit. Join George Jetson in his quest to stop Cogswell. The whole family will give you advice, including Astro! It's an out-of-this-world adventure!

Fast-paced and creative sidescrolling levels set this cart out above the rest. Hidden warps and cool tools add to the complexity. The detailed backgrounds are fun to watch, and the enemies are hilariously animated. This game provides hours of challenging entertainment!

  • Taito / NES

Cogswell Cogs has violated alien rights by setting up a mining colony and making loads o' cash! You, George, must gather the necessary gadgets and shut down Cogswell's mining colony. You can get advice from family members to help your adventure. The Jetsons features comical graphics with a futuristic feel to the action!

Cogswell Cogs is violating space law! His company is destroying an entire planet purely for profit and out of greed. George Jetson must stop Cogswell before it's too late! He'll need help and advice from the whole Jetson family: Jane, his wife; daughter Judy; his boy Elroy, and even his loyal dog, Astro! Join George in his adventure across the solar system, with 13 levels of hilarious cartoon fun.

People say:


This game combines some nice cartoon-style graphics with an interesting play technique to serve up a very addictive NES cart! Uncovering the various power-ups hidden under the piles of cubed crates, piloting George through each stage delivers cool visuals, nice sounds and, above all, strong game play.


Taito has a solid game here based on a popular cartoon series. The graphics are very good and best of all there is a lot to do in the game. I found myself really getting into this cart and enjoyed it straight to the end. With a lot to hunt for this soft will not only appeal to the younger crowd but also the more experienced players.


I like The Jetsons a lot. This is one of the better 8-Bit titles that I've seen in a while. The graphics are good and the cinema displays are straight out of the cartoon, the game play is filled with techniques and lots to interact with. The game also proves to be a challenge when you get to the later levels. A rarity among NES carts.


This is the one game this month with some style and class. The Jetsons has plenty of 8-Bit interaction for any gamer. Even the graphics are genuinely cartoonish! Don't expect great 16-Bit sounds here, but it will do for 8-Bit. As a whole, The Jetsons is one of the best carts this year for the NES.

The Jetsons are now on the scene with their new SNES adventure, and if you were a fan of the show, you might like this game. Otherwise, this is just your regular hop-till-you-drop side-scroller.

Meet George Jetson

In The Jetsons, you play as George and, like the cartoon, you're just an average space- age guy. This time, though, you have to deal with space pirates. You travel through seven stages, trying to knock off a motley crew of machines, which includes flying robots, mechanical whales, and bloodsucking bats, to name a few.

You're armed with that special Jetson charm and a suction machine, which you use to suck up blocks, enemies, and power-ups. You'll also use the suction machine as a grappling hook, sucking onto walls and scurrying up the sides. This is one powerful sucker!


  • Use the suction machine to swing onto the roof.
  • Knock off this Monkey Boss by sucking lip blocks and spitting them back at him.

A Moon with a View

The backgrounds and graphics are all very cartoony and Hanna-Barberaish, with nice colorful locales and enemies, but there isn't enough variety to hold your interest. George seems way too stiff (and happy) for someone battling space pirates.

The music is tedious, with the same Jetsons theme music permeating throughout.

Also use the suction machine to get you into (and out of) hard-to-reach places.

Stop This Crazy Thing!

If you liked The Jetsons (and I mean really liked them), then you might be able to wade through this game. Intermediate gamers need not apply much thought to this one, though.

The Jetsons game is basic hop-n-bop, space-style, but it seems like all the other hop-n- boppers out there. Not even a recognizable cartoon character could help this one.

Snapshots and Media

NES/Famicom/Dendy Screenshots