Jetpack Joyride 2 Emerges After Almost A Decade
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Almost 10 years after the first game was released, Jetpack Joyride is finally getting a sequel that once again stars Barry Steakfries in his quest to stop the latest evil scheme of Dr Brains.
Much like the original game, Jetpack Joyride 2 is an endless runner where players touch the screen to make Barry jump over obstacles and enemies, or maneuver directly over and through more devious traps by using Barry's jetpack.
One big change is that Barry now has a gun in addition to all of his other power-ups, which can be used in segments to take out hovering robot enemies. Don't worry though, Little Stomper is still around and there's even a robot dog sidekick.
Developer Halfbrick has begun rolling the game out in select territories and plans to complete the launch over the next couple of months. Much like the original game, Jetpack Joyride 2 will be free to play, but based on our short time with it appears to be packing even more paywalls, a deeper grind, and more unskippable adverts. If you're interested in trying it out on iOS and Android, you can do so if you're a resident of Canada, New Zealand, or Australia.
While Jetpack Joyride was one of Halfbrick's earlier success stories back when mobile games were really starting to take off, it was Fruit Ninja that made the studio a household name. The Australian studio hasn't released much in the mobile gaming space over the last five years as it was working on other projects, with its most recent titles being the 2016 games Fruit Ninja VR, Star Skater, and Dan the Man.
If you'd prefer to play around with some pocket monsters on your mobile device and you live in Canada, you can also check out the beta for Pokemon Unite, a MOBA-inspired spin-off that will be out later this year.