Jetpac set for takeoff on XBLA

Rare's ZX Spectrum shoot-'em-up is Refuelled and ready for worldwide release this coming Wednesday.

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Microsoft has strung together four consecutive weeks of Xbox Live Arcade releases, including Alien Hominid HD, Worms, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and the software giant today confirmed it was going for five straight. Next Wednesday is now confirmed as the release date for Jetpac Refuelled, Rare's update to its 1983 arcade-style shooter for the ZX Spectrum.

Jetpac Refuelled is a remake of one of Rare's earliest efforts, with 128 levels, high-definition visuals, simultaneous multiplayer action, and the Xbox 360 standard achievements and leaderboards. Players will also have the option of playing the original Jetpac instead of the remake.

Jetpac Refuelled is set for a worldwide release this Wednesday at 2 a.m. PDT. The game is rated E for Everyone and will sell for 400 Microsoft Points ($5).

Discussion

73 comments
Mindchamber
Mindchamber

Good to see the almost haf a billion dollar inventment microsoft into RARE being put to good use ...hehe

NND1
NND1

the enhanced double D is going to Rooocccckkkk

NightRain
NightRain

Yeah, looks cool and nice but probably won't buy it... and I agree with everyone here.. I guess we all can't wait for DOUBLE DRAGON! :)

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I'll probably give this one a miss. Not too keen but I guess somehow I'll eventually come and play the trial.

kenerhai
kenerhai

i dont know about jetpack so much, but yea an rpg wouldnt kill em. I'd love to see one of the old DragonQuest/Warrior games on XBLA. But please not another reiteration of FF 1. That game has been rereleased more than any game EVER.

From90ne
From90ne

I know what would be great... the first few Final Fantasy games and some Breath of Fire...

necrophilissimo
necrophilissimo

This is how I want my retro-games re-released; Same superb gameplay, all new eye-candy and sound!

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Can't wait! Only $5, now that's a deal!

punkpat555
punkpat555

The Catan interview on IGN a couple weeks back said "middle to end of March", so that's apparently not going to happen. Not that I'm terribly surprised.

wanker12
wanker12

jetpac was the first game i ever played, rare used to be known as ultimate.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Sweet, it looks awesome. I have never heard of the original game. in fact I didn't even know Rare was around in 1983! But this game looks really cool.

rond5566
rond5566

IGN says Castle Crashers is next week...wtf?

theKSMM
theKSMM

I really like Nintendo's Virtual Console and Microsoft's Live! Arcade. (I haven't yet tried Sony's PlayStation Network downloads.) The chance to play games I missed out on in the '90s is welcome for me. I do wish they would release some compilations however. A pack of seven games for $20 for instance would be a great value, even if it was only available for download. Of course, GameTap still reigns supreme as the source for old-school gaming. A huge selection at a low price, and the games are spot-on recreations of the arcade/console classics. No watered down translations there.

okassar
okassar

Worms is the best thing that was just added top XBLA,it's classic,I don't know about Jetpac...Check the XBLA Catlevania:symphony of the night,it got a 8.5:)

NaturalBornGamR
NaturalBornGamR

lame.. after the feast of great games they've just given us they try to throw this piece of garbage out there. pffft

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

This one looks great. Double Dragon is past due though.

NotoriouzWun
NotoriouzWun

Come on if I wanted to play a bunch of rehashed classics I'd get Gametap with a million more games at less price then 4 XBLA DL's. Put something new out liek Catan once in awhile. Either that or up it to two releases a week one old school one new. Or one board game and one action. All these games get boring after the first 24 hours.

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

Maybe Double Dragon wasn't ready yet? But I'll definitely download this because Rare always releases good games.

2TrickedOut
2TrickedOut

wasen't Double dragon supposed to come out next week? all we get is jetpack now?

zsc4
zsc4

I have never played this game, but have heard its amazing. I might consider it.

phenixflash
phenixflash

man, I used to LOVE this game. I bought Donkey Kong 64 just so I could play Jetpac in-game!

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I never played this but I am going to have too. Rare has made some nice games so I hope this will be great.

jhz
jhz

400 Microsoft poitns? Wow, thats a lot of poitns for this game! I Might consider it if it had a 200 MS Points price tag. I owned a ZX Spectrum, but never owned this game.

Elyoshi
Elyoshi

NOOOOOO! "Classics" such as this don't feel quite as classic the second time around... Meh, I'll just go play some Tomba, playing SoTN rekindled my interest in old PS1 games...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

It didn't look that fun when they showed it on On The Spot.

snowblind54
snowblind54

already four good xbla games four weeks in a row, if this is a fifth, then xbla will be pretty much caught up with the vc, and there be like a race to get the most good games out the fastest

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Well, the honeymoon's over... back to the crap.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

The games coming out for Live arcade just aren't good enough. Come on Microsoft, sort it out. They should make deals with people like Atlus, Sega, SNK, Treasure etc. I want games like Radiant Silvergun and NiGHTS into Dreams. Paperboy and most of the other junk on there I wouldn't play if it was free. No way would I spend money on it.

JDUB_x
JDUB_x

The amazing XBLA lineup continues!

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

never heard of the ZX Spectrum, if it was not for that home computer you would not have Horace goes skiing, jetpac or jet set willy, these games are legends and I own the originals and a ZX Spectrum.

Cpt_Apollo
Cpt_Apollo

It is an okay game, but where is my Double Dragon???

comelstr
comelstr

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was all i needed and i never play or heared of ZX Spectrum wonder its good multiplayer 400 i will try it first

daniel665
daniel665

hell yeah. alien homid is great, castlevania's demo plays great and this is gonna be a must for me. should be great. vc most definately has the best selection of games so far even though i have a 360

flex49
flex49

gatsbythepig *** never heard of it, I am still waiting for a good game nice try...you don't even own a 360, Wii-fan....can't believe you gave Golden Axe on Virtual Console a 10!!...no wonder you are waiting for a good game....LOL

tenorio_rotc
tenorio_rotc

No, I want Catan, where is it! It should have been here by now!

Kraige
Kraige

Can't wait Shivering Isles and this in one week, I love Microsoft!

caesarbites
caesarbites

If you're STILL waiting for a good game after the past twenty years or more of video games, then maybe you should find a new hobby.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Cool I'll check it out. It has been a good few weeks. gatsbythepig- What's a good game? If you haven't found something you like so far I figure there is little hope of you finding something you do like.