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Jetpack Joyride, a game that's already seen huge success on iOS, finally came to Android today. The game – which ranks with Temple Run in terms of interest and demand from Android users – comes to us from Halfbrick Studios, the minds behind the insanely popular Fruit Ninja, and delivers the same action-packed, stylistically awesome experience as its iOS counterpart.

The game invites players to "take to the skies on a one-way trip to adventure," following the story of Barry Steakfries, who breaks into a secret lab to free experimental jetpacks from evil scientists, causing plenty of mayhem in the process.

Besides the standard Machine Gun Jetpack, players can collect a ton of other gear, from upgraded jetpacks to new outfits and collectible items. Jetpack Joyride also gives players plenty of reason to keep playing with competitive online leaderboards and unlockable achievements.

Besides a fun, addictive gameplay dynamic and heaps of action, Jetpack Joyride has great visuals. While its art style is cartoonish, it fits perfectly with the game's overall feeling and offers a consistent visual experience.

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To check for tablet compatibility, we have installed Jetpack Joyride on a Transformer Pad 300. On this 10" tablet, it ran just fine, though the graphics did get a little blocky. It's quite possible that Halfbrick will be releasing an HD version with higher quality textures optimized for tablets.

Interestingly, Jetpack Joyride is only available through the Amazon App Store for now. Those who would rather not go through Amazon likely don't have long to wait for a Play Store release, but in my opinion the game is worth checking out immediately. Just click through the link below to grab the free download.

Update: You also get a $1 credit for the Amazon MP3 store just for downloading.

Download: Amazon App Store

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • CA719

    Yep. I'll wait for the Play store version.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001992840095 Tj Allen

      Same here, The Amazon App store is a suck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Because I am British, I have to wait for the Google Play version. Look forward to Monster Dash for iOS!

  • TinmanTinman

    What the hell !! no play store version. Waited for a long time for this.

    • ericl5112

      Then you could probably wait another week or so for a playstore release.

      • StriderWhite

        Too much! Now I'll play something else! :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      +1 I can't even download this app until it reaches Google Play because Amazon are only available in the USA.

      I like Amazon and I buy LOADS of stuff from them, but their App Store doesn't live up to my standards IMHO.

  • daniel walsh

    Someone get a apk

    • Jaymoon

      Won't do any good with Amazon DRM...

      • StriderWhite

        Someone get a gun, then!

  • Spoken Word™

    Bad move on the part of Halfbrick if you ask me. The Amazon App Store will never offer the same seamless ease of the Play Store or as wide an audience.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      There have been numerous popular games that were released exclusively on the Amazon Appstore for a period of time, then came to the Play Store.

      • Dan r. Maor

        I can't really understand, does Amazon pay royalties to the developer for exclusivity? Even for a free title?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          That's between Amazon and publishers. My guess is it's done for publicity, as a promotional tool, except Amazon usually publishes such game as the app of the day. Maybe they'll do it tomorrow.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

            Amazon do seem to hold a grip here on these games, they still have exclusive hold on the original Angry Birds premium version (as well as Seasons) which I can't get due to my Britishness. Along with various other games.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        And there are plenty of games that never shed exclusivity from the Amazon App Store though I think this one will. I mean Fruit Ninja is in the Play Store.

      • Cheeseball

        Yes, that's true, but what makes the Amazon AppStore completely inferior is their retarded global restrictions.

  • David Rosen

    definitely waiting for the play store but great to know that it's finally coming.

  • Arjun Taheem

    I really hope they offer the amazon app store to the uk soon and I really hope they bring exclusive apps like this. I had this on my ipod touch when i still had one and it was quite a good game

  • http://twitter.com/mnguyea David Nguyen

    I'll wait for the play store. Refuse to download anything from that place. Probably by then I'll lost interest and moved on. Suck on that half brick.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Played this for roughly 1 minute, already bored of it. I have no idea why it's so popular on iOS.

    • Harsha

      +1 same feeling here.

    • ericl5112

      I always hate seeing this. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but how valid is the opinion really after "roughly one minute". That attitude is the bane to developers.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I see appeal in plenty of games but this one is terribly boring and one-dimensional. It's literally one of the most boring and short-lived games I've ever played.

        • ericl5112

          I can't help but feel you didn't read my post.

          I didn't even say anything about whether I agree with your opinion or not (in this post or the last). I said that making an opinion and announcing it to the world after "roughly 1 minute" is terrible for developers. Look at how many 1 star reviews are on google play that make their decision after such a short period of time.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            If it takes 1 minute of playing to form an opinion, then so be it, as I have no desire to continue playing. It's not a nearly as short with other games, but Jetpack Joyride doesn't appeal to me at all. First impressions mean a lot.

          • ericl5112

            You again miss the point...

          • Shawn Suther

            actually, I think You are, sir, "missing the point"
            This is his website, and he is well versed in all things android.
            he is more than entitled to his opinion, and entitled to express it publicly.
            that is what forums, ratings, reviews are FOR.
            are we all supposed to take the "developers feelings" into account before posting opinions? (chuckle) are we supposed to give every dev a free pass, just because they are earning off of it?
            criticism is a necessary result to creativity. if the dev can't handle that, they have no business making their product public.

          • Dan

            I can't help but feel you're missing the point. The reality is that the first minute of game play is crucial. It better be cool or the game is toast. Yes, that brings up plenty of fodder for a philosophical discussion about the human condition, but this isn't gazeintomynavel.com.

          • ericl5112

            I'm not talking about the human condition. I'm talking about decency. If you make an opinion in 60 seconds, awesome. If you want to publicly trash someone's hard work after 60 seconds, you suck at being a decent human.

        • Cheeseball

          I have to agree with ericl5112 here. "Roughly 1 minute" is not enough to review a game.

          This is a casual game of the "running" and "twitch" genres, much like Temple Run and Robot Unicorn Attack. You need to give more time for the appeal to sink in.

          I've been waiting for this game ever since Halfbrick landed Age of Zombies on the Android Market/Play Store, especially since Fruit Ninja works wonderfully well on my GT-I9100. Now all they need to do is port Monster Dash over and I'll be a happy camper.

    • Ron Amadeo

      I feel this way about all mobile games. =/

    • Shawn Suther

      I've found that "games super popular on iOS!!1!1" (read as: Temple Run, as an example) tend to be boring pieces of shite. I think for "why they are so popular", look at the market base. Mac-fans, and iPhone-fan tend to not actually be gamers, but the "facebook games" type.

      • Cheeseball

        You can say the same for our fanbase as well. We don't have any "hardcore" games for people to be considered as "gamers". Temple Run has a huge following on our end.

  • anon

    Only US? No thanks .

  • Harsha

    As per trailer here it says Sept 1st. So play store might get it on that day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jzxi8nid9BQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1065971454 Andrew Hime

      Or... that's the original trailer for iOS.

  • ericl5112

    Also, want to comment. In regard to blocky graphics, that's how the game is designed. I've played it on a retina iPad, and it still looks like that after the retina update. It's their style, good or bad. I'm personally not a fan of the look, but it's how it's supposed to look.

  • John Murray

    People having issues with the amazon app store in other countries, it is possible. Use tor and orbot while doing the following:

    1. Create a new email account and don't link it to anything
    2. Sign up for amazon app store with it
    3. Put in the required information for a U.S. identity found at http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/
    4. Download the amazon app store
    5. Run it and download Jetpack Joyride!

    This worked for me, but be very careful because amazon could ban you or worse...

  • sollie

    hopefully someone will get to extract the apk of the game. as an asian user, im baffled of halfbrick's decision to have JJ ( Jetpack Joyride) on the Amazon appstore first.

  • Himmat Singh

    They do these kind of exclusive releases and then complain about piracy. Pss

  • Gleidson

    The words that make me feel really happy today!