GDC 07: Jetpac Refuelled Impressions

Microsoft shows off Rare's upcoming Live Arcade remake of 1983's Jetpac.

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Earlier today, during a meeting with Microsoft Casual Games' Chris Early, we were afforded our first look at Jetpac Refuelled for the Xbox Live Arcade. The game, which doesn't currently have a confirmed release date or points price, is a remake of the original Jetpac--which was released for the ZX Spectrum back in 1983. A port of the original game will also be included.

In case you're not familiar with the original Jetpac, the game sees you assuming the role of Jetman--an interplanetary traveler who, for some reason, always arrives at planets without enough fuel to get to the next one. Your mission on each level, then, is to collect fuel pick-ups for your rocket while avoiding the unwanted attentions of various aliens or using your raygun to eliminate them. On some levels you have to rebuild your rocket before you refuel it, which entails picking up the pieces and dropping them on top of each other in the correct order.

With its limited color palette, the 1983 game is sure to bring back memories for any of you who ever owned a ZX Spectrum--even if you never played Jetpac before. The original 4:3 gameplay window is bordered with high-definition artwork now, of course, but the in-game action and visuals are no different to those that graced the Spectrum more than 20 years ago.

The Refuelled version of Jetpac takes full advantage of the Xbox 360's high-definition capabilities and also features a larger, widescreen playing area. The original game's black background has been replaced with images that look like something from the Hubble telescope, and while all of the visuals are still 2D, they have a stylized cartoon-like look about them that's light years ahead of anything in the original game. The gameplay is largely unchanged as far as we can tell, although power-ups such as smart bombs and multidirectional fire have been added.

We look forward to bringing you more information on Jetpac Refuelled just as soon as we can get hands-on time with it.

Discussion

15 comments
daniel665
daniel665

i love rare and although there have been some low points after kameo, perfect dark zero and viva pinata i think there back on the up. therefore will have to get this game.

HuusAsking
HuusAsking

Interesting prospect. I once played Jetpac as well as a home-brewed clone made for Game Boy Color. Still, considering its simple premise, I would think the price should be set sufficiently low---say, only 400 points. EDIT: On second thought, if they can put enough new pizazz into the remake, they can justify an 800-point game. Some of those screens I'm seeing look fascinating. I mean, what's with that space-warping effect?

Kiutu
Kiutu

Now I can play it after seeing it at the beggining of PDZ when turning it on so many times.

Sig12047
Sig12047

I remember playing it on DK 64. I wont but it, I dont play the arcade games I bought anyway.

nobeaner
nobeaner

I say the latter hummel.

gmax
gmax

"the Hummel telescope?" Did they mean this or this? Spell check?

yoshi_64
yoshi_64

Nice I guess... but I'll just pop in DK 64 and play it there if I want to.

Colinllama
Colinllama

This was my favourite game as a kid! This could be the final temptation needed to get a 360 soon! :)

Sorlok
Sorlok

i used to love this game.. then i learned to hate it when i was forced to play it in Donkey Kong 64 :( :P Might be able to rekindle the love again now that i'm not forced ^^

Britesparc
Britesparc

That does look very cool. I'm in love with everything Rare have ever done, so I'll probably pick this up.

fmobliv06
fmobliv06

this could be a pretty good value if its 400 points. otherwise, i'm not sure if it'll be worth it

rexoverbey
rexoverbey

I must of missed the original version. Could be alright but doesn't look like my cup of tea.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

This could be fun