Published on September 17th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner0
Best Apple TV Games: Jetpack Joyride
Sometimes you need to keep a game around a while before you realize you how good it is. Such is the case with Jetpack Joyride from Halfbrick Studios. Always a fun game for iPhone, it’s been on my Apple TV from the moment I could first pull iOS purchases over to tvOS. Because I never went out of my way to play it, however, I never gave it the love it deserved.
I’m correcting that now. Why? Because I’ve played Jetpack Joyride more than any other Apple TV game I’ve ever installed.
Designed as an easy-to-control, quick-to-play casual arcade game for touchscreen devices, Jetpack Joyride has garnered a massive following. You control a fellow named Barry Steakfries (who I continue to argue has the best name in mobile gaming history). With his titular jetpack, Barry flies from left to right through myriad colorful settings dodging a ridiculous number of deadly objects. There are numerous coins to collect and power-ups to utilize, some of which are more joyful than the jetpack itself.
What really makes the game work well for both iOS and tvOS are the controls. Or, more accurately, the control. Singular. Barry moves on his own, you just control his height. Tap the button on the Siri Remote to move up, let go to move down. It’s that simple. Playing the game is easier than find a TV show to watch.
But that’s not to say the game itself is easy. The action gets pretty difficult pretty quickly, which is why the free app offers in-app purchases to help you progress. None are necessary to enjoy the game, but you may find yourself spending money if you’re tired of seeing the same scenario for too long.
The difficulty (or I’ll say “challenge”) is part of the game’s appeal for me, however. As I mentioned above, I never sit down at my Apple TV specifically to play Jetpack Joyride, but if I’m waiting for a show to start or for my family to finish making their snacks ahead of a movie, I’ll inevitable launch Jetpack Joyride to gleefully pass the time. And if others happen into the living room, they’ll usually want to play a few rounds, too.
I continue to wish that Apple would take gaming seriously on the Apple TV, as there’s certainly enough power there. I’m not sure they ever will, but I’m fine playing Jetpack Joyride while I wait.