Jetpac proves that gamers of the 1980s were either smarter than gamers of 2020, or there is something wrong with every 1980s/1990s game ever made.
North, South, East, West, 4-way directional controls are not the best.
Jetpac Refuelled is a game with two major modes, the first of which is classic Jetpac from 1983, upon starting this mode I found myself quickly killed over and over, the total lack of diagonal controls to me felt as alien as trying to drive with my eyes closed, I just couldn’t get used to it.
For as long as I have been gaming (almost 30 years) games have offered a way to move diagonally, and my muscle memory is hardwired to expect it.
Could I have gotten used to it? Sure, I find I can adapt to almost any control scheme given time, but with Jetpac Refuelled sitting there looking all pretty and offering diagonal controls, why should I bother?
I have missed games like this, relics of a bygone era, the early 2000s had some truly fantastic 2D shooters, such as R-Type Delta one of the greatest games of the last 50 years, an underrated gem that deserves a remaster.
Jetpac Refuelled itself is no spring chicken, over 12 years old it’s hardly a new kid on the block.
Graphically speaking, Jetpac Refuelled is not cutting edge, its an Xbox 360 title, and that is ok, the Xbox 360 gave us some astonishingly fun games, one of which is Jetpac Refuelled, the controls are very simple and the gameplay loop east to grasp, the challenge is one of skill and reflexes, the earmarks of the 80s arcade titles.
I found it enjoyable and for me was a happy look back at the type of games I played as a child in the 90s, thanks to the remaster it looks a fair bit better than the games I played then and overall I don’t feel anyone would feel cheated giving this a go.
Worth a Play?
As its part of Xbox Game Pass and a small (500MB) download, I fully suggest everyone who has even the slightest bit of interest in arcade games to give it a try.
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Platforms: XBox One